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Durham stabbing victim was close to suspect, family says

DURHAM, N.C. (WNCN) - A 20-year-old man is behind bars in Durham without bond, accused of fatally stabbing a 60-year-old man.

Durham police are still piecing together exactly what led to Willie Gibson's violent death.

Officers arrested Tysheem Leblanc, Sunday, charging him with Gibson's murder.

Leblanc appeared in court Monday, while Gibson's family looked on. They still don't understand what happened and why.

"It just took, took everything out of me," said Linda Dixon, Gibson's god-sister.

The family says the two were not related by blood, but Gibson would often call Leblanc his nephew. They had known each other for years, and relatives say there were never any problems between them.

In fact, Leblanc was at Dixon's house Saturday night, hours before the stabbing, and everything seemed fine.

"He was acting normal," said Dixon. "He laughed, he played, and he talked to my son."

Then, around 1 a.m. Sunday, police were called to the 2000 block of Avondale Drive. They found Gibson lying on the ground with stab wounds. He died at the hospital.

His daughter is demanding answers.

"Yeah, I'm hurt," said Kerrie Massenburg, Gibson's daughter. "I'm angry about it because you took something out of my life. You murdered my daddy. But at the same time I just want to know why."

Family members are hoping for more answers when Leblanc returns to court on March 19.

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