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Post Date:03/23/2017 11:30 AM
Contact: Tamara Gibbs
Senior Public Information Officer
Office: (919) 560-0826
Mobile: (919) 748-1475


Durham, N.C. –  Detectives with the Durham County Sheriff’s Office responded to the detention facility at approximately 3:30 a.m. in reference to an apparent suicide. Upon their arrival, detainee Uniece Glenae Fennell, 17, was unresponsive in her cell after she was found by the detention staff. Paramedics responded to the facility and pronounced her dead at the scene. Preliminary evidence collected at the scene and statements given to detectives from the detention staff indicated that the cause of death was a suicide.

Fennell entered the detention facility on July 26, 2016 after she was arrested and charged with murder. On August 4, 2016, she was indicted for discharging a weapon into an occupied residence and discharging a firearm with a pattern of street gang activity, according to detention facility records.

In compliance with standard protocol, the Durham County Sheriff’s Office will notify the State Bureau of Investigation (SBI) of the in-custody suicide and the State Medical Examiner will perform an autopsy. It is standard practice for the Durham County Sheriff’s Office to conduct a death investigation. The Sheriff’s Office will submit its findings to the NC Department of Health and Human Services.

Because of the expectation of privacy for the decedent, no further information is available at this time. The Sheriff’s Office extends its condolences to Ms. Fennell’s family.



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