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Durham shooting victim identified

Posted December 29, 2009

— The 18-year-old who was found shot to death Monday afternoon on a Durham street corner has been identified, police said Tuesday.

Officers responded to a call about a disturbance with a weapon near the intersection of Allgood Street and Belvin Avenue shortly before 2 p.m. Monday. When they arrived, they found Jonathan Royster, of Piper Street, lying in the street, police said.

Royster was pronounced dead at the scene.

A person was seen fleeing the scene on foot, but police didn't release any description of the suspected gunman.

Anyone with information about the case is asked to call the Durham Police Department at 919-560-4440, extension 29320, or Crime Stoppers at 919-683-1200.


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  • HDBiker Dec 29, 2009

    (from a previous posting)Not too many years ago a murder was big news. It still is, however, it seems as though one occurs in Durham so often we almost expect to see it in the news. I don't know what the answer is to stop so many killings. I wish I did. But, I do think it is time to hold those we elect and hire who say they have the answers to be accountable and lead the community to make a difference. I believe the community is ready to follow a real leader.

  • Dec 29, 2009

    Let's not forget that a child has lost his life, regardless of why or under what circumstances. Please be respectful.

  • sssh.. whisper Dec 29, 2009

    let's see.... hmmm... an 18 year old, dead, in the street, in the daylight... Yep, I say drugs or gang activity. I wish these kids would get smart.. drugs and gang activity will only lead them to a darker spot. Death.

  • hank5049 Dec 29, 2009

    you say drugs. i say gangs. both about the same sad story for durham and rocky mount..............

  • DeathRow-IFeelYourPain-NOT Dec 29, 2009

    I got money that says either the shooter, victim, or both have something to do with drugs. And don't come back with, "DUH!". I know you're all thinking the same thing.