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Family, friends gather to remember slain Durham teen

Posted April 4, 2015

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— Family and friends gathered Saturday to remember 17-year-old Tierra Hall, whose body was found behind a vacant home in Durham one week ago.

Kelton Breshon Fox, 17, Hall's ex-boyfriend, is charged with her murder.

According to Durham Police Chief Jose Lopez, Hall was last seen alive with Fox in security video from Charles E. Jordan High School on March 27.

More than 50 people attended the service Saturday at the Vintage Church in Durham.

Though everyone came to pray and express their love for Hall, there were also some smiles and laughs as classmates remembered their time together.

"We used to go swinging almost every night," said Hall's best friend, Amya Wilson. "That was just our thing, we went swinging and we talked about stuff."

Purple balloons, symbolizing hope and healing, were released at the end of the service in the teen's honor.

"God, I pray that you would heal the hearts of the family in Texas, and I pray that you would heal the hearts of friends who are here," said pastor Aaron Anderson.

Tamica Hargro, a family friend said even with the prayers, the healing will not come easy for Koteya Hall, mother of the slain teen.

"She just hasn't been able to go in her room yet. She is just not ready for that," Hargro said. "She was a very quiet, beautiful, beautiful spirit, young lady, very, very loving."

Prosecutors said Wednesday they are seeking a grand jury indictment against Fox. If convicted, he is not eligible for the death penalty because he is under the age of 18.

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  • Angie Cox Apr 6, 2015
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    I totally agree with you Collin. it's so sad. I have a 19 year old and I check on him constantly. but sadly, in the state of NC at 16 you are considered an adult... that's why there are no charges on the mother probably.

  • Collin McLoud Apr 6, 2015
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    I am truly sorry for the loss of this young life. I am also angry that the mother failed to report her child missing. She need to be charged with child neglect. What kind of parent "assumes" their child stayed at a friends house? What kind of parent does nothing when they get no response (call or text) from their child? What was the mother doing that was more important than the welfare of her child?