Questions remain in triple murder-suicide

Two of the shooting victims
June 15, 2011 4:17:01 AM PDT
Four days after a triple murder and suicide in Research Triangle Park, many questions about why it happened remain unanswered.

"No reason in the world, no reason, would give anyone credence to do what was done to those three girls and him," said Lt. Stan Harris, Durham Sheriff's Office. "No reason for what was done that night."

Amesha Smith, Adrianne Stevens and Alexandria Pierce were friends who were shot and killed Saturday night. Investigators say Brinton Millsap was the shooter.

"We can't ask anybody because he's not here and that makes it frustrating," Harris said.

The Lieutenant says part of the problem in getting answers is that all the witnesses in the case are dead. The gunman, who normally would be the suspect, is also dead. Harris says there is no question who killed the women, but the question that will always remain is why?

"You shoot someone because you're upset," Harris said. "I don't know what triggered that. I ask myself why? Why the other girls too?"

The shooting isn't believed to be related to gangs or drugs. Those who knew the victims believe something happened between Millsap and the women he was seeing, one of whom was Alexandria Pierce.

"We've heard some things, and we aren't going to talk about it because we can't substantiate," Harris said.

Stevens was a student at North Carolina Central University in Durham. The school issued a statement to students, faculty and staff Tuesday concerning her death.

"North Carolina Central University is truly saddened at the tragic passing of Adrianne Stevens, a junior in our elementary education program, who was engaged in classes this summer. We offer our prayers for the family that they may find the strength to survive this loss."

Grief counselors are being offered on campus to anyone who needs to speak to someone about the tragedy.

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