DURHAM, N.C. (WNCT) – Durham Police have arrested Jordan and Ari Shlasinger in connection to the Christopher Turner shooting. Both are in custody and were placed in the Durham County Jail without bond.
Durham Police say they found Christopher Turner lying in a yard on East Piedmont Avenue.
He later died at a nearby hospital.
Police are now on the hunt for two men, 26-year-old twin brothers Ari and Jordan Shlasinger, who are both facing murder charges.
Turner’s family is in shock. Family members say Turner recently got out of jail after serving 18 months.
His stepbrother Kellen Corley says the shooting was payback for a 2013 robbery.
“I’ll miss everything about him; personality and his smile. I don’t want to talk about this. This is too much,” said Corley.
Turner played for the ECU basketball team from 2008 to 2010. He was taken off after he was ruled academically ineligible.
9 On Your Side reached out to Pirate nation for reaction.
Darrius Morrow, who played with Turner took to Facebook to reflect on the time he spent with his former teammate, saying in part “I’m going to miss just sitting down and listening and trading stories with you man for countless hours.”
Another former teammate Jontae Sherrod said, “I’m at a loss for words. One of my good friends, teammates, brother was murdered and I don’t know what to say.”
Many in Pirate nation and beyond are at a loss for words, as police continue searching for answers.
“He didn’t deserve that you know. My brother was a good dude. He pushed me to do better. That’s what I’m saying,” said Corley.
A former ECU basketball player is dead after an early morning shooting in Durham.
It happened in the 400 block of East Piedmont Avenue early Thursday morning.
Officers responded to the scene just after 3:30 a.m. That’s when they found 27-year-old Christopher Alexander Turner of Durham lying in the yard suffering from a gunshot wound. He was taken to a nearby hospital where he later died.
No charges have been filed in the incident, but police said the shooting doesn’t appear to be random.
Turner’s brother told WNCN, CBS North Carolina, that he had just been released from prison after serving 18 months. The brother also said that Turner was a Bloods gang member and the shooting was not gang-related, but payback for a 2013 robbery.
His brother said that Turner was shot three times; twice in the chest and once in the back.
Turner played during the 2008-09 and 2009-10 seasons in just 39 games while at ECU. He was taken off the team in 2010 after he was ruled academically ineligible.
Turner attended ECU from June 2008 through May 2010.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Durham Police at 919-560-4440, ext. 29341 or CrimeStoppers at 919-683-1200.