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Convicted killer faces new murder charges after 3 shot dead in Burlington, police say

Durham man faces murder charges after 3 shot dead in Burlington

Hyquan Johan Parker, 26, who was convicted of murder 10 years ago, faces three new murder charges after police say they found three people shot to death Sunday night in Burlington. He is charged with three counts of first-degree murder.
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Hyquan Johan Parker, 26, who was convicted of murder 10 years ago, faces three new murder charges after police say they found three people shot to death Sunday night in Burlington. He is charged with three counts of first-degree murder.

A Durham man convicted of murder as a teenager 10 years ago faces three new murder charges after police found three people shot to death Sunday night in Alamance County.

Hyquan Johan Parker, 26, is charged with three counts of first-degree murder, the Burlington Police Department said on its Facebook page. He was arrested Monday.

Police responded to a Perry Circle apartment at about 8 p.m. Sunday and found three people with fatal gunshot wounds, according to the Facebook post.

Those killed were Kaseem Devon Zinebalist Peterson, 27; Tyrone Brandon Nelson Jr., 18; and Jason Deangelo Williams, 26. All three were from Burlington, news station Fox8 reported.

Police don’t think the shootings were random.

Assistant Chief of Police Brian Long said they don’t know the three people’s relationship with Parker, but they believe he knew at least one person who was there. A fourth person was in the apartment who wasn’t hurt, Long said.

Parker had come to the apartment about an hour before the shooting and was allowed to stay, Long said.

“They weren’t trying to push him out the door,” Long said.

Just before the shooting, a witness described what sounded like a brief disturbance, Long said.

“Then multiple shots rang out and we are left with, unfortunately, three people that died as a result of those gunshots,” Long said.

Parker is in the Alamance County jail, according to Burlington authorities.

911 calls

In a call to 911, a woman told the operator there were three bodies in her house.


“My boyfriend is dead,” she said. “Somebody help me.”


The woman said she didn’t know the man who shot the people.


In another call to 911, a woman said she saw a man in a white shirt and dreads running with a shotgun.


“I come around the back, they said he shot three people y’all,” the woman said.


An Alamance County judge ordered Parker to be held without bail Monday afternoon.


District Attorney Sean Boone said the case has been sent to a grand jury to consider the three murder charges and possession of a firearm by felon.


If Parker is indicted, the next hearing will likely center on evidence in the case and whether Boone, who was elected in November, plans to seek the death penalty in the case.


“No decision has been made,” Boone said.

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Murder conviction

In February 2009, Parker was convicted of second-degree murder in Durham for the August 2007 killing of Kordero Teriq Odom, 19, according to state Department of Correction records.

He was sentenced to between 7 years and 10 months in prison and 10 years and 2 months in prison and was released in January 2016.

In June 2016 Parker was convicted of assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury and common law robbery, records show. He was sentenced to between 2 years and 4 months in prison and 3 years and 10 months in prison. He was released in December 2018 and was scheduled to remain on post-release supervision until December 2019.

Staff writer Mark Schultz contributed to this report.



Virginia Bridges covers criminal justice in Orange and Durham counties for The Herald-Sun and The News & Observer. She has worked for newspapers for more than 15 years. In 2017, the N.C. Press Association awarded her first place for beat feature reporting. The N.C. State Bar Association awarded her the 2018 Media & Law Award for Best Series.
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