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Durham man shot to death was a father, son and advocate for formerly incarcerated

A man found shot to death in a parking lot in northern Durham on Sunday has been identified as Brian Rashad Wiley, 31, of Durham.

Wiley had multiple gunshot wounds and was pronounced dead at the scene in the 1400 block of Wyldewood Road shortly before 2 a.m.

No charges had been filed as of Monday evening, a police spokeswoman said.

(Left to Right) Brian Rashad Wiley sits with Andraé Muffin Hudson and Umar Muhammad at the "All of Us or None" table at Durham's Black August in The Park festival. Courtesy of Andraé Muffin Hudson

A friend of Wiley’s, Andraé Muffin Hudson, said she met him in 2015 when Wiley began doing outreach work in Durham.

Hudson is a member of All Of Us Or None NC, a grassroots organization led by formerly incarcerated people and others affected by the judicial system.

At the time of their meeting, Wiley was a community organizer with Spirit House in Durham, Hudson said.

Wiley worked on efforts to ban the question of “Have you ever been convicted of a felony” from local government job applications, Hudson said.

Through tears, Hudson added, “Brian was just a good guy,”

She said Wiley recently told her that his primary goal in life was to take care of his daughter. When his mother was diagnosed with breast cancer, Wiley made sure she made her doctor’s appointments on time and visited with friends.

Wiley was convicted of robbery with a dangerous weapon in 2010 and spent close to five years in prison.

‘Whatever he did in his past was in his past. Who I knew in the present was my friend,” Hudson said. “As an adult, you realize you don’t have to fight to prove a point.”

Anyone with information is asked to call Investigator E. Hines at 919-560-4440, ext. 29322 or CrimeStoppers at 919-683-1200.

As of June 23, there had been 13 homicides in Durham this year, compared to nine at the same time last year, according to the most recent police statistics.

Last year violent crime in Durham rose slightly compared to the previous year, though killings fell by half, to 21 in 2017 from 42 in 2016.

All told, police said 244 people were shot in Durham in 2017 compared to 214 in 2016.

To see a searchable database of homicides in Durham County since 2016 go to

Mark Schultz: 919-829-8950; @HeraldSunEditor
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