Police investigate fatal shooting of NCCU student

2 men quarreled over woman, residents say

tmcdonald@newsobserver.comJanuary 4, 2012 

Editor's note: A story in the Triangle & Co. section Jan. 4 incorrectly identified the wife of Brandon Tyrell Jones, a Durham man who has been charged with first-degree murder. Brittany Nicole Jones, 24, is not a student at N.C. Central University.

DURHAM -- Residents at a South Durham apartment complex said a running dispute between two men who were both romantically involved with the same woman led to a fatal shooting Monday.

Neighbors found N.C. Central University student Joey Derek Squire, 24, shot in the breezeway of the apartment complex at 2907 Bainbridge Drive just off Cornwallis Road.

Brandon Tyrell Jones, 26, of Southpoint Crossing Apartments in Durham, was arrested and charged with first-degree murder shortly after the shooting, Durham police Lt. Patrice Vickers said Tuesday.

Residents at the apartment complex said Jones thought Squire was sleeping with his wife, Brittany Nicole Jones, while he was deployed in Iraq. Police have not yet confirmed a motive for the shooting.

State records show that Squire, a senior jazz studies major who also played with his church music ministry at World Overcomers Christian Church in Durham, had once lived in the same apartment building as Brittany Jones.

Andy Thompson, pastor of World Overcomers, a 7,000-member congregation near the Research Triangle Park, said Squire was a volunteer member of the church band and had played for five worship services over the weekend - two on Saturday and three more on Sunday, the day before he was shot.

"He was a big part of what we are doing," Thompson said Tuesday. "He was a talented, faithful asset to our ministry, a gifted musician."

Bainbridge residents say they heard between two and four gunshots before seeing someone fleeing from the building where the shooting occurred in a gold-colored Nissan Altima.

Brittany Jones had moved from the complex and was living with her husband at South Point Crossing, state records show.

Brittany Jones declined to comment Tuesday when asked about the shooting.

Anyone with information regarding the shooting is asked to contact investigator S. Pate at 919-560-4440, ext. 29332, or Crime Stoppers at 919-683-1200. Crime Stoppers pays cash rewards for information leading to arrests in felony cases, and callers never have to identify themselves.

McDonald: 919-829-4533

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