Police release 911 call from New Bern triple homicide, family speaks out

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It's been almost one week since a New Bern family was violently attacked, police say, by a neighbor with a machete. Three children were killed in the violent attack.

WITN spoke to the family for the first time on Monday. The family, Burmese refugees who had only been in the United States for a short time, said they had hoped to offer their children a better education here.

"Since the incident happened I just like barely eat or talk, but the family and friends come and support so I'm really thankful to them," said Soe Meh, the boy's mother. "I will never forget their goodness."

The three brothers, ages one, five and 12-years-old, were killed at their family home on Pasteur Street last Tuesday night. Soe Meh and an older sister managed to escape, while police say an 18-year-old neighbor attacked the family.

Soe Meh and Htun Neing Oo told WITN they have to remain strong for their surviving daughter.

"Now we still have our daughter to support," said Htun Neing Oo. "And so we still have a strength to support our daughter, to send her to school and get an education."

The children's funerals will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday at Temple Baptist Church in New Bern. The public is invited to attend.

The Interfaith Refugee Ministry is accepting donations on behalf of the family to help them cover funeral costs. If anyone would like to donate, they can do so directly through the ministry. Officials say all of the money raised will go to the family.


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As family members prepare to bury three young brothers killed in last week's machete attack, New Bern police released a difficult to understand 911 tape.

The three brothers, ages one, five and 12-years-old, were killed at their family home on Pasteur Street last Tuesday night. The mother and an older sister managed to escape, while police say an 18-year-old neighbor attacked the family.

The suspect and the family are Burmese refugees.

911: What's going on?

Caller: Uh, somebody, somebody, uh. Somebody cut, cut, cut somebody on North Cool Avenue.

911: Who cut themselves, ma'am?

Caller: I don't know. I think that (unintelligible)...the crazy, the crazy guy. I don't know.

The mother ran to a neighbor's home to seek help. During the three-minute long call, the 911 dispatcher struggled to understand what had happened because of the language barrier.

At one point, the dispatcher asked if anyone there spoke English. And it is possible rescuers were not aware that there were more victims still inside the home on Pasteur Street.

Caller: Please come and hurry up, she can't get into her house.

911: Alright, ma'am what's the address?

Caller: The kids are at home.

911: What is the address, ma'am?

When police got to Pasteur Street, they found two of the brothers dead, while a third brother died after being rushed to CarolinaEast Medical Center.

Eh Lar Doh Htoo remains in jail, charged with three counts of murder in addition to an assault charge involving the mother.

The funeral for the three children will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday at the Temple Baptist Church, 1500 Kingdom Way in New Bern. The public has been invited to attend.

The Interfaith Refugee Ministry is accepting donations on behalf of the family to help them cover funeral costs. If anyone would like to donate, they can do so directly through the ministry. Officials say all of the money raised will go to the family.


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A teen accused of killing three children with a machete faced a judge this afternoon in Craven County.

Eh Lar Doh Htoo was charged with three counts of murder for the deaths of the 1, 5 and 12 year old brothers, while he is facing assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury for injuries to their mother.

Htoo is a Burmese refugee, as were the victims. District Attorney Scott Thomas said the first appearance was delayed from this morning as they worked to get a translator that speaks the Karen dialect of Burmese. They received the okay to use an interpreter via a phone connection.

Police found the victims in their Pasteur Street home shortly before 11:00 p.m. Tuesday after they received reports of a man with a knife in the area. Htoo is a neighbor of the victims, according to police.

Chief District Judge Walter Mills appointed Bill Garens as the man's attorney and ordered Htoo to be continued to be held without bond. His next scheduled court date is April 2nd.

Police so far have not said what a possible motive was in the attack.


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New Bern police said a neighbor has now been charged with murder after five members of one family were stabbed, three of them fatally.

Chief Toussaint Summers, Jr. says the deceased victims were all brothers, ages 1, 5 and 12 years old. A sister and the mother have been released from the hospital.

Chief Summers says Eh Lar Doh Htoo, who is an 18-year-old neighbor, has been charged with three counts of murder, as well as assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury.

"Obviously this is a horrific event for any community and we are certainly going to investigate this to the fullest," said Chief Summers.

Officers got a call just before 11:00 p.m. to a man with a knife on Pasteur Street. When they got there officers found Htoo and he was taken into custody.

Inside the home, police said they found two children dead. A third was rushed to CarolinaEast Medical Center where he died.

Police said the suspect used a machete-style knife in the deadly assaults.

Warrants identify the victims as 12-year-old J. Sa, 5-year-old J. Romin, and 1-year-old H.H. Neing.

According to Summers, the Htoo is of Burmese descent, possibly from Thailand. The family victimized in this case were also Burmese.

Chief Summers said the children's father was at work when all this happened.

It's believed this is the city's first triple murder. "I have never seen anything like this in our district--Craven, Carteret and Pamlico," said District Attorney Scott Thomas. "Unfortunately I have dealt with a couple of double homicides, but have never been involved in a triple homicide--especially one of this nature with all the victims being children."

The 18-year-old murder suspect is in the Craven County jail, held without bond.

Chief Summers said there is no word on a motive for this "horrific event."

"He would come in and punch the door and he would look like very crazy," says Ner Wah. "He would come to my house and he would say something like, 'I'm your husband'."

The Interfaith Refugee Ministry, which has helped relocate Burmese refugees to the New Bern area, has set up a fund to help the family.

Send you donations to:

Interfaith Refugee Ministry
1233 Colony Drive
New Bern, NC 28562

In the memo line of the check please write: "for the murdered children". You can also contact the ministry at 252-633-9009.


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New Bern police said they are working to figure out how three juveniles were stabbed to death in a New Bern home Tuesday night.

Officers said at 10:53 p.m. Tuesday, they were called to the 800-block of Pasteur Street in New Bern for the report of someone with a knife.

That address is within walking distance to the New Bern Police Department, two streets away from the Cedar Grove Cemetery.

Police said they got there to find a suspect who they was taken into custody.

Once inside the home, police said they found two juveniles dead. A third juvenile was hurt and taken to the hospital, where that person later died. Two other people are being treated for injuries.

There is no word on the ages of these victims or the identity of the suspect.

Police told WITN's Stacia Strong they are interviewing the stabbing suspect now, but are running into issues with a language barrier. Police said that is slowing down the investigative process.

New Bern Police said they would hold a press conference this morning to release more details about the murders. We will stream that live on witn.com and you will also see it on air.




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