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Durham man dies after July 24 assault; teens sought

Posted August 31, 2012

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— A Durham man who was injured during an assault and robbery on July 24 died Wednesday night, according to Durham police. Investigators are searching for several teenage boys in connection with the crime.

Wayne Preston Cross, 52, of Durham, told officers that several black males in their mid teens approached him in Long Meadow Park, in the 900 block of Holloway Street, around 12:15 a.m. on July 24. One of the teens then assaulted and robbed him, police said.

Cross suffered critical injuries and was taken to Durham Regional Hospital, where he died on Wednesday. No arrests have been made.

Anyone with information about the case is asked to call Investigator Pate at 919-560-4440, ext. 29332, 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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  • miseem Aug 31, 2012

    He has a right to be in that park at any time he chose.

    Yeah, he has a right to be there and the people that assaulted him should be locked up for a long time, or executed, in my opinion. Still doesn't make it smart.

  • cynicaljill Aug 31, 2012

    Arent parks CLOSED at dusk?

  • ifcdirector Aug 31, 2012

    Sought for probation that is......

  • Wiser_now Aug 31, 2012

    "I blame the Durham PD"...Uh - I think the delinquents are to blame.

  • carrboroyouth Aug 31, 2012

    "Not smart to be in a park in Durham at midnight. His purpose wasn't worth the price."

    Stop blaming the victim! He has a right to be in that park at any time he chose. The assailants, on the other had, did not have the right to KILL someone.

  • Objective Scientist Aug 31, 2012

    "Warning about the new rules in the NYC school system...as per the Won's new idea to keep his folks from dropping out...NYC schools will no longer suspend their disruptive students, even if they curse at the teachers, smoke on campus, fight, because they want them to stay in school even if they disrupt the classes for those trying to get educated. Guess they hope education will "rub off on them?" - seenbetterdaze - August 31, 2012 1:40 p.m.

    And... even though that creates a situation in which the teaching-learning process is significantly disrupted - the teachers will likely get the "blame" when test scores go down and the number of drop-outs go up! Neither teachers nor students in school to learn should have to tolerate the constant disruption of the "bad apples"! No wonder teachers drop out and "good kids" don't want to go to school! The "bad apple" p _ _ ks (rhymes with "dunks") need harsh discipline... and separation from those trying to teach and learn!

  • thenewsmessiah Aug 31, 2012

    I blame the Durham PD. They keep downplaying these crimes and release little to no information. Tax paying citizens are unfortunately prey.

  • seenbetterdaze Aug 31, 2012

    Warning about the new rules in the NYC school system...as per the Won's new idea to keep his folks from dropping out...NYC schools will no longer suspend their disruptive students, even if they curse at the teachers, smoke on campus, fight, because they want them to stay in school even if they disrupt the classes for those trying to get educated. Guess they hope education will "rub off on them?"

  • Vincent Vega Aug 31, 2012

    "They also need to arrest the parents and put them in prison as well!"

    You mean the mother in her section 8 housing spending your money on her ebt card?

  • readme Aug 31, 2012

    Wake up people we are soft on crime. People commit assault and robbery for a variety of reasons. One of them is no fear of getting caught or, if they do, no severe punishment. I think these people if found guilty should be executed even if they are 16 and even if they weren't trying to kill him.

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