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Cherfaoui charged with first-degree murder, could face death penalty


Ali Cherfaoui, 49 of NC Highway 54 in Carrboro has been charged with the murder of Chahnaz Kebaier, 40, of Copperline Drive, Chapel Hill.

Ali Cherfaoui, 49, of NC Highway 54 in Carrboro has been charged with first-degree murder in the death of Chahnaz Kebaier, 40. If convicted, Cherfaoui could face the death penalty or life in prison.

Cherfaoui is being held without bond in the Orange County Jail and is under a domestic protective order — meaning he is not permitted to have contact with his children or with the victim’s family.

Cherfaoui qualifies for a public defender and a review date for the probable cause hearing has been set for June 11.

Chapel Hill Police responded to reports of a shooting incident outside Mary Scroggs Elementary at 2:04 p.m. Friday afternoon, according to reports from the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City School District.

A female victim, Kebaier, was found injured outside the school at 501 Kildaire Road.

Officers stopped a suspicious vehicle and took Cherfaoui into custody shortly after the shooting.

The victim was admitted to UNC Hospitals’ Emergency Room and pronounced dead at 4:08 p.m. Friday. Kebaier, of Copperline Drive, Chapel Hill, died of multiple gunshot wounds to the head and body.

No children or school personnel were injured during the incident, and Scroggs Elementary was locked down immediately after the shooting until the suspect was taken into custody.

The Chapel Hill Police Department said Friday’s incident is believed to be part of a domestic dispute between Kebaier and Cherfaoui.

“We are in shock and grieve for the loss of a resident, and for the family, friends and acquaintances of Chahnaz Kebaier,” Mayor Mark Kleinschmidt said Saturday.

“Our prayers go up for them and the entire Scroggs School Family,” he said.

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