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Durham teen dies a day after suffering gunshot wound to head

Posted December 16, 2014

— A 16-year-old boy has died a day after police say he was shot in the head on a local street.

Investigators said Delonta Hart was found Monday afternoon at the corner of Dearborn Drive and Martin Street near Two Brothers Convenience Store.

He was taken to a local hospital, where he died Tuesday.

Police have not commented on a motive for the crime, but family members said Monday that Hart he was injured in a drive-by shooting.

Investigators are following leads in the case, Durham Police Chief Jose Lopez said Monday, but ask that anyone with information that could help to contact the Durham Police Department at 919-560-4440, extension 29322, or Crime Stoppers at 919-683-1200.

Hart was a student at Northern High School in Durham, where family members said was well liked.

Friends took to Twitter with the hashtag #riplonta to express their sorrow Tuesday.

"He didn't even get to live his life," one person wrote.


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  • Glock07 Dec 17, 2014

    I really hope they find the cowards that did this. Drive by shooter are the biggest cowards.

  • arfamr1010 Dec 17, 2014

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    Protesting intra-racial crime gains them nothing. Only victimhood caused by protesting inter-racial crime has any potential benefit to these people so that's what they focus on. Some AAs that I road the bus with back in my school days talked almost every Monday about the fights that broke out at their church...nice.

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  • cinder572 Dec 16, 2014

    So incredibly sad - my heart is breaking for his family, his friends, his community and all of the rest of us. Who knows what this handsome young man could have done to make this world better....

  • jackaroe123 Dec 16, 2014

    Very sad. Prayers for his family and friends to find comfort and courage. Prayers that people well beyond his personal connections and any isolated, marginalized neighborhood will be inspired to care about others and take a stake in improving conditions for others.

  • vtutv Dec 16, 2014

    No outcry or protesting in the community? When we unfortunate incidents like this stop not only here with drive by gang shootings but in Chicago and other cities? Extremely sad. I am waiting for Rev Barber's comments.

  • durhamnative919 Dec 16, 2014

    RIP young man. hurts to see the same dangers i faced as a teen 20 years ago still happening in durham, despite how far the city's come. this has to stop.

  • Softly Softlybeep Dec 16, 2014
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    We're losing a generation. this needs to stop.

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  • SAY 'WHAT" ONE MORE TIME! Dec 16, 2014

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