‘Cherished’ coworker killed by ex-boyfriend in Durham murder-suicide, police say

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DURHAM, N.C. (WNCN) – A Durham woman was shot and killed by her ex-boyfriend Tuesday in what police said was a murder-suicide on Oakland Avenue.

Raluca Iosif, 40, of Oakland Avenue, was shot and killed by David Dietrich Holder, 40, of Raleigh, around 9 p.m. in the the 1000 block of Oakland Avenue.

Raluca Iosif’s brother, Razvaiya A. Iosif, 38, of Romania, was injured in the shooting and remains hospitalized with non-life threatening injuries.

Durham police said Holder was the ex-boyfriend of Raluca Iosif.

Raluca Iosif worked at IntraHealth as part of its program development team.

“Raluca has been a cherished IntraHealth colleague and friend to many of us over the past seven years,” said Pape Gaye, president and CEO of IntraHealth. “She was full of life and her generosity of spirit was contagious.”

A friend and co-worker, Laura Hoemeke, called Iosif “bigger than life.”

“She was full of life,” Hoemeke said. “She was somebody who, if you were having a hard day at work, you could go and talk to. And she found the right words to say.”

Neighbors also said the gunshots could be heard from several blocks away.

“I was just down the street and then saw police car, fire engine, and was surprised that it happened in this neighborhood, certainly very sad,” said neighbor Casey Horvitz.

Durham Police Chief Jose Lopez said the shooting was not random.

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