Durham police ID mom, baby, suspect in domestic murder/attempted suicide

Durham County News

DURHAM, N.C. (WNCN) — Durham police identified the woman and baby found murdered inside a home on Jan. 11, as well as the suspect in the case, on Monday morning.

The victims have been identified as 20-year-old Zhytila Wilkins and her daughter, 10-month-old Ruia Reams.

The suspect, who was seriously injured in incident and remains hospitalized, has been identified as Ramir Reams, 22, of Durham.

Officers were dispatched to a shooting call in the 3600 block of Suffolk Street just before 10 a.m. Once at the scene, police found Wilkins and Ruia Reams dead inside the house.

Durham Police Chief C.J. Davis said in a release hours after the shooting that it was a “disturbing domestic murder/attempted suicide.”

“Today, in particular, was a very difficult day for me as chief of police, my officers and the entire Durham community. Officers responded to a disturbing domestic murder/attempted suicide, where a baby and her mother were shot to death on Suffolk Street,” Davis said in a news release that also addresses the gun violence so far in 2019.

Warrants have been taken out charging Reams with two counts of murder in the case, police said.

He also has outstanding warrants for two counts of injury to property and one count of misdemeanor larceny from an incident that occurred in December 2018, police said.

At last check, Reams remained in the hospital in critical condition.

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