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Boy, 9, dies from wounds suffered in Durham shooting

Posted January 10, 2014

— A 9-year-old boy wounded in a Saturday shooting on Lucas Drive in Durham has died, police said Friday.

Authorities said Jaeden Sharpe and his mother, 31-year-old Lakeisha Holloway, were traveling on the road at about 6 p.m. Saturday when shots were fired into their vehicle. Several residents who live on Lucas Drive said that they heard at least six gunshots.

Holloway drove to a nearby street to get help, and she and Jaeden were taken to a local hospital with serious injuries. Authorities have not released information about Holloway's condition. 

Sharpe was a student at W.G. Pearson Magnet Elementary School, according to a spokesman with Durham Public Schools. Counselors were at the school Friday to help students and staff who need to talk.

“The staff and students at W.G. Pearson Elementary School are very saddened by the loss of Jaeden Sharpe. He was a popular and well-liked third-grader throughout our school community," Principal LaManda Pryor said in a statement. "Our school counselors and administrators, as well as staff from our school district, have been on hand all day helping our staff and students who have wanted to talk to someone, and they will be available next week. Jaeden’s family is in our thoughts and prayers.”

No arrests have been made in the shooting, and authorities did not release any information about a possible motive for the crime.

Anyone with information should call the Durham Police Department at 919-560-4440 or Crime Stoppers at 919-683-1200. Crime Stoppers pays cash rewards for information leading to arrests in felony cases, and callers never have to identify themselves..


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  • candyappleelixir Jan 13, 2014

    The problem is, blacks tolerate this in their community. Somebody's son, brother, grandson, friend pulled the trigger and those who know him, know that he is capable of doing this and allow him to walk the streets armed. Blacks could put a stop to this if they really wanted to. Unfortunately, th*ggery is celebrated instead of discouraged... sorry, I'm all out of sympathy for this group.

  • dwr1964 Jan 10, 2014

    Another killing by a person who ILLEGALLY possessed a firearn. How does banning firearms to law abiding citizens, help curb this kind of crime?

  • dirtdevil123 Jan 10, 2014

    Durham is off the charts the cops don't have a clue. the criminals are running durham if it don't turn around in 5 years this place won't be fit for decent people thanks libs

  • disgusted2010 Jan 10, 2014

    More of the same ol comments. Its the gun's fault. Why can't liberals actually place the blame where it belongs with the person who committed first degree murder.

  • stymieindurham Jan 10, 2014

    Someone knows what happened and who did it. It's not a secret. If the community is not willing to turn on the dirtbags . . . . .

    This is far from over. I bet you it corrects itself quicker than the justice system.

  • jayloanofficer Jan 10, 2014

    View quoted thread

    Yankee1. Not sure how liberty and equality cause despair... Care to try and explain that?
    Good luck, and thanks.

  • ncsugerky Jan 10, 2014

    what a shame

  • yankee1 Jan 10, 2014

    Guns are less controlled than automobiles. Ready for change yet? QC

    And liberalism is the cause of the despair felt by so many across the country! Are you ready for change? Despair is what leads to this endless violent beavior. Guns are not killing people, people are killing other people!

  • earlinenicholson12 Jan 10, 2014

    My prayes go out to mom rest in peace little one..

  • whyalltheproblems Jan 10, 2014

    rest in peace, little guy :((
    prayers for his mom.