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‘I’ve been shot!’ woman told 911. When police arrived, she and the baby were dead

Durham police are investigating after a woman and baby were found dead inside a home in the 3600 block of Suffolk Street on Friday, Jan. 11, 2019. A man in the home was found injured.
Durham police are investigating after a woman and baby were found dead inside a home in the 3600 block of Suffolk Street on Friday, Jan. 11, 2019. A man in the home was found injured. vbridges@heraldsun.com

A woman called 911 on Friday to report that she had been shot. When police arrived they found her and her baby daughter dead.

“I’ve been shot!” the woman frantically told a 911 operator in a copy of the call released Monday.. “I’ve been shot, please help me!”

Police found Zhytila Wilkins, 20, and her 10-month-old daughter, Ruia Reams, dead inside the home when they responded to the call on the 3600 block of Suffolk Street shortly before 10 a.m. Friday.

Police also found Ramir Reams, 22, of Durham, at the home. He was taken to the hospital with serious injuries and remains hospitalized.

Reams has been charged with two counts of murder, police said Monday. Reams also has outstanding warrants for injury to property and misdemeanor larceny from an incident last month.

In a statement released Friday, Police Chief C.J. Davis described the incident as a “a disturbing domestic murder/attempted suicide.”

911 calls

The Durham Emergency Communications Center released two 911 calls in the case Monday.

After the call from the woman ends, the 911 operator calls back. A man answers and says “Everything is OK,” as a woman is heard screaming and crying in the background. After the man gives an address, the conversation ends again.

A center staffer said she could not comment on the calls and referred questions to police.

The death of Wilkins and Ruia marked the fifth and sixth homicides in Durham this month.

Keith Antonio Wilson, 29, was fatally shot and a woman was critically injured by gunfire at an apartment complex off of U.S. 15-501 on Jan. 1.

Later that day, Murilio Zurito Domingo, 24, and Bertin Vasquez Mendoza, 26, were found dead from gunshot wounds in the 2000 block of House Avenue.

On Jan. 3, police found the body of a man in a car that had crashed into other vehicles at an apartment complex in the 4400 block of Hopson Road.

‘Senseless violence’

In her statement, Davis referred to “several shocking incidents involving senseless gun violence” and asked for the public’s help.

“We are working with local, state and federal partners to address gun violence in Durham,” she said. “We are actively and thoroughly investigating each of these gun-related incidents and we have made arrests or filed charges in several cases. ... We are continuing our efforts to be more visible in the community to suppress such activity, and we are aggressively seeking information regarding anyone involved in gun activity.

Anyone with information about gun-related crimes is asked to call investigators or Durham CrimeStoppers at 919-683-1200. CrimeStoppers pays cash rewards for information leading to arrests in felony cases and callers never have to identify themselves. CrimeStoppers also has Spanish language operators available.

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