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Durham police seek suspect in 9-year-old's shooting death

Posted January 22, 2014
Updated January 23, 2014

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— Police have charged a Durham man in the shooting of a 9-year-old boy who died when someone fired bullets into the car he was riding in on Jan. 4.

Jaeden Sharpe died six days after the shooting on Lucas Drive, where he and his mother, Lakeisha Holloway, 31, were wounded. Holloway is recovering from the shooting.

Investigators are looking for Everett Lamont Graves, 23, of Elmira Avenue, who is charged with murder and assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury.

The shooting does not appear to have been random, police said, but they provided no motive or additional details about the case.

Anyone with information on Graves' whereabouts is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 919-683-1200 or the Durham Police Department at 919-560-4440, extension 29336.

Crime Stoppers pays cash rewards for information leading to arrests in felony cases, and callers never have to identify themselves.

A third-grader at W.G. Pearson Magnet Elementary School in Durham, Jaeden was described by family members as a good kid who made good grades and who was loved by everyone.

In the days prior to his death, he had started with his brother a T-shirt line – something the family says it plans to continue as a way to help inspire others. Proceeds from the sale of the shirts, which can be ordered by sending an email to  jjsharpeimpact@gmail.com, will benefit a scholarship fund established in Jaeden's memory.

"This thing that looks like a monstrosity – I believe God is going to turn it around for good, and I believe that is what Jaeden would want us to do," family friend Valerie Brown said.


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  • Pepe Silvia Jan 23, 2014

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    If not for a gun, would Jaeden still be alive?

    Yes, there are other ways to murder someone and yes, the gun did not act alone and was only a tool in someones hands. Everyone realizes that. The fact, however, is that they are efficient killing tools that can be used by just about anyone and from a distance. THAT is why there needs to be more regulation and THAT is why people are sick of guns.

  • 426X3 Jan 23, 2014

    WOW! Another shooting/death in Durham. Imagine that.

  • Glock07 Jan 23, 2014

    Again, you blame the GUN? How short sighted. It will stop when society opens it's eyes to the real issues. It is NOT the gun.

  • foodstamptrader Jan 23, 2014

    One of the usual suspects in Durham guns down a woman and child in cold blood (sickeningly commonplace).

    Yet, the citizens of the triangle's "sanctuary city" are too busy rioting over a mentally ill teenager thief's suicide to care. Our priorities have become twisted....

  • BULLCITYMO Jan 23, 2014

    bushido2298, I could not agree more. Where is the outrage and reaction from the community when a senseless tragedy like this occurs? "The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing." -Edmund Burke

  • anneonymousone Jan 22, 2014

    We, as a culture, need to call this what it is. When a person causes harm to another person without equally being in harm's way, that person is a coward. Any adult who commits an act of violence against a child is a coward. Anyone who harms someone who has markedly less physical ability to protect themselves is a coward.

    It does not require adulthood or strength to hurt someone who can't (equally) fight back; it only takes cowardice and, too often, the kinds of weapons where the victims are not able to defend themselves unless they are similarly armed.

  • disgusted2010 Jan 22, 2014

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    When people take responsibility for their actions and for raising the children they have and learn not to blame inanimate objects.

  • morris2bme Jan 22, 2014

    Another senseless cruel act ! Now an innocent is dead and this boy who really isn't a man won't step up n admit to his wrong. The devil is so busy

  • bushido2298 Jan 22, 2014

    People will riot and protest after a kid kills himself in police custody but when a 9 year old is murdered everyone shuts their mouth. Can someone explain that logic??

  • michaelwralcom Jan 22, 2014

    Guns, again. When will it stop?