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Police: Man killed ex-girlfriend, himself in Durham shooting

Investigators at the scene where two people were shot to death on Oakland Avenue in Durham, Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015.
Investigators at the scene where two people were shot to death on Oakland Avenue in Durham, Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015. cliddy@newsobserver.com

Police say a Raleigh man shot his ex-girlfriend to death and wounded her brother before taking his own life late Tuesday at a home on Oakland Avenue in Durham.

Police say David Dietrich Holder shot Raluca Iosif at her home in the 1000 block of Oakland Avenue shortly before 9:30 p.m. Tuesday. They say Holder also shot Razvaiya A. Iosif, 38, and that he remains hospitalized with injuries that do not appear to be life-threatening.

Holder and Raluca Iosif were both 40.

Razvaiya Iosif, 38, is from Romania, where his sister lived before she came to North Carolina several years ago. Raluca Iosif worked as a senior program development manager for IntraHealth International, a public health agency in Chapel Hill.

“We at IntraHealth International are devastated by the loss of our dear friend and colleague,” Pape Gaye, the organization’s president and chief executive officer said in a statement. “Raluca has been a cherished IntraHealth colleague and friend to many of us over the past seven years. She was full of life, and her generosity of spirit was contagious.”

Gaye said Iosif led teams that developed initiatives which enabled the public health agency to expand its global reach.

Iosif moved to Durham from Romania via Charlotte after she was hired by IntraHealth International about seven years ago, said agency spokeswoman Laura Hoemeke. She described Iosif, 40, as an amazing woman who spoke several languages and who had helped develop health care projects in Africa, Latin America and Asia.

“She was that unique combination of a hard worker, but a really fun person,” Hoemeke said. “She contributed to so many places around the world.”

The first of several 911 calls about gunshots on Oakland Avenue came in about 9:22 p.m. The caller reported hearing “maybe six, or eight gunshots,” according to a recording of the call released by police Wednesday.

Seconds later, another 911 caller told a dispatcher that four gunshots were fired, followed by what sounded like three gunshots of “return fire.”

A neighbor who apparently lives close to the home called 911 less than a minute later and reported that he went outside after he heard “four loud bangs,” according to the 911 recording. The caller said he saw a man walk out of the house “with his hand, like in front of him, he was pointing something or had something in his hand” and heard a voice urging someone to call 911. Then he heard a woman screaming.

The police did not disclose the names of the 911 callers.

By Wednesday afternoon, someone had placed a glass candle, wild flowers wrapped in foil and plastic flowers on the home’s driveway in a quiet neighborhood off Hillsborough Street near the busy Ninth Street district. Just beyond the memorial were two small piles of shattered glass.

Thomasi McDonald: 919-829-4533, @tmcdona75589225