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UNC shooting; Cop Shoots Man in Raleigh: Triangle Murder Investigation

UNC shooting;  Cop Shoots Man in Raleigh: Triangle Murder Investigation

Last week, five people were killed in separate murders in the Triangle.

One of the killings, the shooting of UNC Chapel Hill professor Zijie Yan on campus Monday afternoon, made national headlines as the university locked down the campus for three hours while police searched for the suspect.

The News & Observer and The Herald-Sun detail the latest killings in the Triangle online Mondays in this new weekly roundup.

An interactive map, searchable database and links to our stories provide details on each death and the status of the investigation.

We are currently rethinking how we report homicides and violent crimes.

In particular, we want to rely less on official sources alone on first stories.

We want to highlight trends and tell more about those killed and the victims of loss and violence in their communities.

We want to free up time in our reporters’ schedules to dig deeper in search of better stories.

To achieve this, we may refrain from separate stories about deaths when there is little information and sometimes not even a victim’s name.

However, the new murder tracker will include all violent deaths. (See below.) The map allows you to hover over a point and learn the basic details. The database allows you to search for incidents by name.

Keep in mind that as we do so, we are working to learn more about each case, the victim and the impact of their death on the community.

If you know any of the victims of the murders listed below and would like to share their story, please contact reporters Colleen Hammond at chammond@newsobserver.com or Aaron Sánchez-Guerra at asanchezguerra@newsobserver.com

These are the murders in the triangle from August 28th to September 4th.

UNC shooting in Chapel Hill

Date: August 28th

Victim: Zijie Yan

Age: N/A

Location: Caudill Laboratories at UNC-Chapel Hill on South Road

Arrest: UNC police arrested graduate student Tailei Qi, 34

What we know:

According to police, physics professor Zijie Yan was fatally shot by graduate student Tailie Qi at 1:02 p.m. in the Caudill Labs building. Qi was charged with first-degree murder and possession of a 9mm handgun on school premises.

Police did not locate the gun and could not confirm how many shots were fired.

Qi was found in an off-campus neighborhood after eyewitnesses called 911. Orange County District Attorney Jeff Neiman said he would not seek the death penalty.

Link to reporting:

Murders in Raleigh

Date: September 1

Victim: David Millette

Age: 27

Location: 500 block of Glenwood Avenue

Arrest: Raleigh Police have charged 23-year-old Tyrell Jarue Moore with murder in Millette’s death.

What we know:

On August 26, just after 2 a.m., Millette was struck, falling to the ground and hitting her head on the sidewalk, according to news partner ABC11. He died on Friday.

Millette was the executive director, operating partner, and shareholder of the Midwood Smokehouse, a Raleigh grill restaurant, which described Millette’s death as a “senseless act of violence.”

Anyone with information about the August 26 incident is asked to contact the Raleigh Police Department at 919-996-1193.

Link to story:

Date: September 1

Victim: Jaylen Latrelle Routt

Age: 20

Location: Intersection of East Street and Branch Street.

Arrest: none

What we know:

A State Highway Patrol officer fatally shot a Fayetteville man after allegedly shooting at officers who wanted to arrest him for failing to stop for speeding.

Routt, 20, was clocked at 101 mph in a 70-mile zone in Johnston County.

Routt allegedly fled westbound on Interstate 40 and exited onto Hammond Road. The chase ended when he hit a lawned lot at the intersection of East and Branch Streets in a residential neighborhood.

Police officers then exchanged gunfire with him after he got out of the car, the State Highway Patrol said.

Master Trooper Harrison Nazal of Johnston County shot and killed Routt, who succumbed to his injuries at a WakeMed hospital.

The State Bureau of Investigation is investigating the incident. Nazal is on administrative duty while the state investigates.

Link to story: Trooper kills murder suspect in gunfight after high-speed chase ends in Raleigh

Murders in Durham

Date: August 31st

The victims: Robert Terrell and Devin Rogers

Age: 45 and 22

Locations: Intersection of Holloway Street and Brye Street, 1000 block of North Miami Boulevard

Arrest: none

What we know:

Two men were killed within minutes in two shootings in Durham on Thursday afternoon. The first shooting was reported around 4:50 p.m. on Holloway Street and emergency responders found Robert Terrell, 45, of Durham, fatally shot on the sidewalk.

The second shooting reportedly happened minutes later on North Miami Boulevard — two adult males and one male juvenile. An adult, Devin Rogers, 22, of Burlington, was hospitalized and died from his injuries.

The other unidentified adult man was taken to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries and the youth is recovering from a non-life-threatening injury.

Police said it was too early to determine if there was a link between the two shootings.

Link to story:

Date: September 2nd

Victim: Unknown

Age: Not available

Location: Mallard Avenue and Neville Street

Arrest: none

What we know:

Durham Police responded to a ShotSpotter alert around 1:30 a.m. Saturday and found a man with a gunshot wound between Mallard Avenue and Neville Street. The area is on North Elizabeth Street near downtown Durham.

The man was taken to a local hospital and later succumbed to his injuries.

There is no known motive for the shooting and as of Monday morning Durham Police have not identified the man.

Link to story:

Murders in Wake County

No new homicides were reported outside of Raleigh in Wake County from August 28 to September 4.

Murders in Orange County

No new homicides were reported in Orange County from August 28 to September 4.

Database Editor David Raynor contributed to this report.


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