Police identify victims in Durham double slaying

From staff reportsDecember 16, 2013 


Durham police and forensics officials park at the corner of Roane St. and Cheek Rd. in east Durham, NC late morning Monday, Dec. 16, 2013 after police responded to a shooting call at 2201 Cheek Rd., the home in the background. residence. Police found a deceased adult female in the house and an adult male was transported to a local hospital where he later died.

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— Police on Tuesday identified the people shot to death at a Cheek Road home as a 34-year-old man and a 33-year-old woman who both lived there.

Jessica Liriano was found dead at the house at the house at the corner of Cheek Road and Roane Street, three blocks east of U.S. 70 near Merrick.

Jerron McGirt, 34, was taken to a hospital, but was pronounced dead there.

Police found Liriano and McGirt after officers rushed to a call about shots being fired in the area.

Police have said the killings were a double homicide, but have released no other details.

There have been no arrests.

Durham County tax records, stated that Liriano lived at the house and that it was owned by Timothy McClain of Morrisville.

The homicides were the fourth and fifth in Durham during the past month, and raised the city’s total for the year to at least 29. That number includes a 2009 assault case reopened this year as a homicide after police learned the victim had died as a result of his injuries. No suspect has been identified.

Two individuals have been fatally shot by Durham officers this year, and another died of an apparently self-inflicted gunshot while in police custody. Those cases remain under SBI investigation.

With two weeks remaining in the year, Durham’s homicide total is already its highest since 2005, when 35 occurred, according to police records. In 2012, there were 21 homicides, and 26 in 2011. The city’s record is 43, set in 1996.

Police ask that anyone with information about Monday’s shooting call detectives at 919-560-4440, ext. 29332, or CrimeStoppers at 919-683-1200.

CrimeStoppers pays cash rewards for information leading to arrests in felony cases, and callers never have to identify themselves.

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