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UNC shots; trooper shoots man in Raleigh: Triangle murder hunter

Last week, five people were killed in separate killings in the Triangle.

One of the murders, the campus shooting of UNC-Chapel Hill professor Zijie Yan on Monday afternoon, made national news as the university cordoned off the campus for three hours as police searched for the suspect.

The News & Observer and The Herald-Sun are now listing the most recent murders in the Triangle online on Monday in this new weekly roundup.

An interactive map, searchable database and links to our stories provide details about each death and the status of the investigation.

We are reviewing the way we report homicides and violent crimes.

We want to rely less on official sources, especially on the first stories.

We want to highlight trends and share more about the dead and those affected by loss and violence in their communities.

We want to free up time in our reporters’ schedules to dig deeper for better stories.

To do this, we can dispense with separate accounts of deaths when there is little information and sometimes not even a victim’s name.

However, the new murder tracker will include all violent deaths. (See below.) The map allows you to move on a dot and learn the basic details. The database allows you to search for incidents by name.

Please know that as you do this, we are working to learn more about each case, about the victim and the impact their death has on the community.

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If you know of any of the victims of the murders listed below and would like to tell their story, please contact reporters Colleen Hammond at chammond@newsobserver.com or Aaron Sánchez-Guerra at asanchezguerra@newsobserver.com

These are the murders in the Triangle from August 28 to September 4.

UNC Chapel Hill shooting

Date: August 28

Victim: Zijie Yan


Place: Caudill Laboratories at UNC-Chapel Hill on South Road

To arrest: UNC police arrested graduate student Tailei Qi, 34

What we know:

Physics professor Zijie Yan was fatally shot at 1:02 p.m. in the Caudill Labs building by graduate student Tailie Qi, according to police. Qi was charged with first-degree murder and possession of a 9mm handgun on an educational property.

Police have not found the weapon and cannot confirm how many shots were fired.

Qi was found in an off-campus neighborhood after eyewitnesses called 911. Orange County District Attorney Jeff Neiman said he would not seek the death penalty.

Link to Coverage:

Murders in Raleigh

Date: 1st of September

Victim: David Millette

Age: 27

Place: 500 block from Glenwood Avenue

To arrest: Raleigh police have charged Tyrell Jarue Moore, 23, with murder following Millette’s death.

What we know:

On Aug. 26, shortly after 2 a.m., Millette was struck, fell to the ground and hit his head on the sidewalk, according to news partner ABC11. He passed away on Friday.

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Millette was the general manager, operating partner and co-owner of Midwood Smokehouse, a Raleigh barbecue restaurant that called Millette’s death a “senseless act of violence.”

Anyone with information about the incident on August 26 is asked to contact Raleigh Police Department at 919-996-1193.

Link to story:

Date: 1st of September

Victim: Jaylen Latrelle Routt

Age: 20

Place: Intersection of East and Branch streets.

To arrest: No

What we know:

A State Highway Patrol officer fatally shot a Fayetteville man after he allegedly shot at officers trying to take him into custody for failing to pull over for speeding.

Routt, 20, was clocked at 101 mph in a 70 mph zone in Johnston County.

Routt reportedly fled west on Interstate 40 and left Hammond Road. The chase ended when he crashed into a grassy area at the intersection of East Street and Branch Street in a residential area.

Troopers then exchanged gunfire with him after he got out of the car, the State Highway Patrol said.

Johnston County Master Trooper Harrison Nazal shot Routt, who died of his wounds at a WakeMed hospital.

The National Investigation Department is investigating the incident. Nazal has administrative duty while the state investigates.

Link to story: Trooper kills murder suspect in shootout after high-speed chase ends in Raleigh

Murders in Durham

Date: August 31th

Victims: Robert Terrell and Devin Rogers

Ages: 45 and 22

Locations: Intersection of Holloway Street and Brye Street, 1000 block of North Miami Boulevard

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To arrest: No

What we know:

Two men were killed within minutes of each other in two shootings in Durham on Thursday afternoon. The first shooting was reported in Holloway Street at around 4.50pm and responding officers found Robert Terrell, 45, of Durham, fatally shot on the pavement.

The second shooting reportedly happened minutes later on North Miami Boulevard: two adult men and one young man. One adult, Devin Rogers, 22, of Burlington, was hospitalized and died of his injuries.

The other unidentified adult male was sent to hospital with life-threatening injuries and the youth is recovering from a non-life-threatening injury.

Police say it is too early to say whether the two shootings are related.

Link to story:

Date: September 2nd

Victim: Not identified

Age: Not available

Place: Mallard Avenue and Neville Street

To arrest: No

What we know:

Durham Police responded to a ShotSpotter alert around 1:30 a.m. Saturday and found a man with a gunshot wound between Mallard Avenue and Neville Street. The area is located off North Elizabeth Street, near the center of Durham.

The man was taken to a local hospital and later died of his injuries.

There is no known motive for the shooting and, as of Monday morning, Durham Police have not identified the man.

Link to story:

Murders in Wake County

No new homicides were reported outside of Raleigh in Wake County between August 28 and September 4.

Murders in Orange County

No new homicides were reported in Orange County between August 28 and September 4.

Database editor David Raynor contributed to this report.

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