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Durham family members arrested in Wake County slaying

Posted July 19, 2011 5:47 a.m. EDT
Updated July 27, 2011 12:12 p.m. EDT

— The Wake County Sheriff's Office arrested three Durham family members – a son, stepfather and uncle – in connection with a fatal shooting outside a vacant house in northern Wake County on Sunday morning.

Pedro Tur Fernandez, 18, of 109 Kilt Way Way Drive, is charged with murder and conspiracy to commit assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury in the shooting death of Santiago Hernandez-Arredondo, 44, of Durham.

Fernandez's stepfather, Tirso Mondragon-Cuevas, 43, of the same address, and uncle, Rene Mendoza Lopez, 30, of 1520 James St., are also charged with conspiracy to commit assault, plus accessory after the fact to murder.

Authorities say Fernandez shot Hernandez-Arredondo near 4501 Durham Road and N.C. Highway 98 around 8:30 a.m. Sunday. Hernandez-Arredondo was rushed to WakeMed where he was pronounced dead.

Fernandez was being held in the Wake County jail without bond. His stepfather and uncle were being held on $1.5 million secured bonds. No other information was released.