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Durham twins charged with shooting former ECU basketball player to death

Ari Shlasinger, left, and his twin brother Jordan Shlasinger have been charged with the shooting death of Christopher Alexander Turner, 27, a former East Carolina University basketball player who was found mortally wounded Thursday morning in the front yard of a building in South Durham.
Ari Shlasinger, left, and his twin brother Jordan Shlasinger have been charged with the shooting death of Christopher Alexander Turner, 27, a former East Carolina University basketball player who was found mortally wounded Thursday morning in the front yard of a building in South Durham. Durham Police Department

Police have charged 26-year-old twin brothers with the shooting death of a former East Carolina University basketball player who was found mortally wounded Thursday morning in front of a building in South Durham.

Ari Shlasinger and Jordan Shlasinger have been charged with murder in connection with the shooting death of Christopher Alexander Turner, 27, according to police spokesman Wil Glenn. They were arrested late Thursday, Glenn said.

Police found Turner shortly after 3:30 a.m. in the 400 block of East Piedmont Ave, just off Fayetteville Street, after residents reported hearing gunshots. He was taken to Duke University Hospital where he died a short time later, Glenn reported.

Investigators did not release a possible motive for the shooting, but they do not think the gunfire that killed Turner was random, Glenn said.

Turner’s life had taken a downward trajectory in recent years. He was released from prison Jan. 18, after serving nearly two years behind bars for violating the conditions of his probation in Durham County, where he was convicted of felony larceny, according to state prison records.

Turner attended Northern Durham High School,where he played varsity basketball his freshman, sophomore and junior years, then enrolled his senior year at Humble Christian Life Center in Houston, according to the ECU athletics website.

Turner fielded scholarship offers from Baylor, Oregon and Seton Hall but chose ECU and joined the team during the 2008-2009 season, according to the website. He played his freshman and sophomore years, but did not return to the team in the fall of 2010, said Jody Jones, sports information director for the ECU men’s basketball program. Jones said he does not recall why Turner didn’t come back.

“There was a lot going on,” he said. “We had a coaching change at the end of the year. I don’t know if that had anything to do with it.”

Turner majored in communications and was the oldest of three children, according to the ECU website.

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