Police have charged the ex-boyfriend of a 17-year-old Jordan High School student with killing her on Friday.
Kelton Breshon Fox, 17, has been charged with first-degree murder. Fox is accused of stabbing to death Tierra Hall, whose body was found behind an empty house on Trotter Ridge Road on Saturday afternoon.
Police had said Monday that they thought Hall knew her attacker, but they did not name a suspect at the time.
Fox, who is also a student at Jordan High School, was arrested at his home on Cherry Blossom Circle on Tuesday morning. Police Chief Jose Lopez announced the arrest Tuesday afternoon.
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Police say Hall was last seen alive Friday and that they think she was killed Friday afternoon.
Police have not disclosed a possible motive nor said whether they found the weapon. They also will not say yet where they think Hall was killed, said spokesman Wil Glenn.
Jordan High School is on spring break, and the school system has set up a hotline for students who want to speak to a grief counselor.
“This is tragic news to all of us in the Durham Public Schools family,” Superintendent Bert L’Homme said in a statement. “Counselors will be out in force at Jordan High School when students return from spring break on Monday.”
Hall, who lived in an apartment off Garrett Road near U.S. 15-501, was stabbed several times, police said. A couple found her Saturday afternoon behind a house in the 4100 block of Trotter Ridge Road, off Garrett Road, about three miles from her home.
Hall had not been reported missing, Glenn said. Her mother, Koteya Hall, 38, said she and her daughter had an “emotional discussion” Thursday night and that Hall did not respond to her calls or texts after she went to school on Friday.
“I thought she was mad at me,” Koteya Hall said Monday.
When Tierra Hall didn’t come home Friday night, her mother assumed she was staying with a friend. When her daughter still wasn’t home Saturday evening, Koteya Hall began to worry.
She said the police knocked on her door at midnight.