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Durham youth track coach killed in home invasion

Posted November 12, 2014

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— Michael Lawson remembered Shareef Abdul Mohammed as someone who loved to win and never complained.

"He was one of my favorite athletes," said Lawson, the head track coach at N.C. Central University.

Mohammed, 29, was killed Tuesday night during a home invasion at his residence on the 1300 block of Rosewood Street.

Two unidentified men with guns forced their way into the home, attempted to rob those inside and shot Mohammad, who later died, police said.

No arrests were made as of Wednesday night.

Mohammed earned All-American honors as a member of NCCU's track team in 2004 and 2007.

After college, he volunteered with the Triangle Champions Track Club.

"An extraordinary life was taken from us, and they did not rob him, they robbed us," said Allison Kalloo, a friend of Mohammed.

Kalloo said her son and others were inside the Rosewood Street home at the time of the robbery. She added that Mohammed died protecting others inside the residence.

"You don't come across people like that everyday," she said. "I can't wrap my head around any of this. I can't wrap my head around talking about him in the past tense."

Anyone with information about the crime is asked to contact the Durham Police Department at 919-560-4440, extension 29336, or CrimeStoppers at 919-683-1200.

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  • 678devilish Nov 13, 2014

    Senseless killing. May the find the murderer asap. My condolences to the family, friends and youth that he coach.

  • jackaroe123 Nov 13, 2014

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    You just accused someone of casting blame in the wrong place, then go on to do the same.

    This is a completely inappropriate place to be talking about gun control, though, in my opinion. Mr. Mohammed's life's work and tragic, senseless death should be the focus here.

  • jackaroe123 Nov 13, 2014

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    Instead of expressing any condolences for the loss of such an influential, inspiring mentor to so many young people, you express suspicion. What does that say about your heart?

  • disgusted2010 Nov 13, 2014

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    Why can't you bring yourself to blame the actual CAUSE of these incidents? Liberals have to blame inanimate object (that they don't like) because their political correctness will not allow them to place the blame where it belongs, which is immediately on the person who commits the crime and over time the liberals who have created the entitlements that have created multiple generations of takers.

  • Steve Moore Nov 13, 2014
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    What ever sentence these scumbags get, they will be out in a few years on work release or probation.

  • 68_dodge_polara Nov 13, 2014

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    What about most other countries in Africa, south America, and Mexico where civilians are not allowed have them but yet murders are much higher? Seems like cherry picking your data no?

  • Grand Union Nov 13, 2014

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    20? They will get life without possibility of parole.
    Pity that we make it so easy for fools like his killers to get guns. This sort of killing is vanishly rare in the Western world outside of the US.........but then all those countries have real gun regulation and black market guns are so expensive that they are out of reach of common hoodlums.

  • nobodyknow420 Nov 13, 2014

    it's just really strange that this is "random" . Very Very odd, I mean, you don't hear of innocent people sitting around at home, and then people they do not know randomly targeting them for no reason and shooting them. I'd like to hear the rest of this story when there is something to report.

  • diana123 Nov 13, 2014

    the killers will get 20 for this. the murder, the home invasion, illegal ownership of guns, etc. the book will be thrown at them.
    gone for ever.

  • City Boy Nov 13, 2014

    Heartbreaking and infuriating. God bless this outstanding young man, his family and friends. Another inspiring young person taken from us by this viscous rotten element of society.

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