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Suspects indicted in Cary teen's hit-and-run death

Posted July 8, 2015

— Four suspects accused in the hit-and-run death of a Cary teenager have been indicted on charges of first-degree murder.

Jourdan Chanquion Mack, 20; Beth Strange, 18; Abijah James Masse, 17; and Joshua Odell Simmons, 17, all of Morrisville were indicted Tuesday in Wake County Superior Court.

Investigators said the suspects met the victim, 16-year-old Katherine "Katie" Burdick-Crow, at Walnut Street Park the night of June 26 for a drug deal.

According to a search warrant, Burdick-Crow chased two of the suspects after they stole marijuana from her that she planned to sell to them. They got into a truck, and she jumped onto the step rail near the driver, according to the warrant.

The driver, Simmons, then started driving faster and punched Burdick-Crow in the face and head several times until she fell from the moving truck, according to the search warrant. She died early the next day at WakeMed.

In an emotional court hearing last week, an attorney for Masse said Burdick-Crow's death was an accident.

"These are not bad kids that you're dealing with," attorney Julian Hall said. "We're not looking at this thing like your typical murder. It seems like an accident."

Two of the four suspects were students at Green Hope High School, the same school Burdick-Crow attended. Cary officials said Masse is a student at Green Hope, and Mack graduated from there in 2013. Simmons is a student at Panther Creek High School, and Strange graduated from there in May.


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  • Douglass Jones Jul 9, 2015
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    I feel for the young lady's family, but let's be real here, if she was black, y'all would be saying "Well, she was a Drug Dealer"... A Drug dealer. Only because she's white, she's so innocent in all this. Bad things happen when you're out committing crime, and associating with certain kinds of people, like drug users.

  • Gen Lee Jul 9, 2015
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    It is not that all kids make mistakes cause they do. It is that they want to call this an accident when they were intentionally going there to rob her (not pay too) then hit her repeatedly hitting her in the face knocking her from a moving vehicle killing her.

  • Angie Cox Jul 9, 2015
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    this was no accident. I can't believe an attorney would even say that. what if it was her kid would she think it was a accident? the person who hit her and caused her death deserves more time than the other three. but all do need to be in some kind of trouble probably.

  • Stephen Believable Jul 8, 2015
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    I can remember the first time I accidentally punched someone off of a moving vehicle like it was yesterday.

  • Tim Dean Jul 8, 2015
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    Glad they are not bad kids. New subject for parents and schools to teach. "Drugs, alcohol, and robbery". You pass with an "A"

  • Kimberly Crowe Jul 8, 2015
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    What was she doing selling drugs at 16 years old? You'll must have forgotten we were all kids at one point and made bad decisions. No child is perfect and some kids are influenced by their friends. So people on here need to stop being so judgmental, because your kids dodo stink too. Kids are sneaky and you'll do not know everything your child is doing. They will learn from their mistakes hopefully and learn to choose better friends.

  • Michelle Bella Jul 8, 2015
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    Soooooo they are not bad kids but they were there to not only buy drugs, but rob the girl. Then punched her repeatedly in the face and head until she fell from a moving vehicle. This was premeditated robbery at the least and she died during the commission of a crime....THIS WAS FAR FROM AN ACCIDENT

  • John Banks Jul 8, 2015
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    "These are not bad kids that you're dealing with," attorney Julian Hall said. "We're not looking at this thing like your typical murder. It seems like an accident."
    REALLY???? They were there to get DRUGS!!!!! Oh yes..... They were all perfect little Angels.