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Flea market shooting suspect linked to death of sister

Posted December 13, 2012

— One of four suspects in a flea market shooting in Durham last weekend is facing misdemeanor charges for failing to secure firearms in the shooting death of his 13-year-old sister, police said Thursday.

Police say Rene Moreno, 17, who also goes by Rene Moreno-Lopez, was among those exchanging fire Sunday afternoon at Durham Green Flea Market on Pettigrew Street. He faces charges of attempted murder and assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury.

Two people were injured, and one man, 19, was still in the hospital Thursday.

Alexander Cardona, 17, and Sergio Adrian Barboza, 17, were also charged with attempted murder and assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury in the flea market shooting.

A fourth suspect, 17-year-old Irving Martinez, remains at large.

Moreno’s sister was fatally shot Nov. 1 with a gun police say he owned. They added charges Thursday of violating the storage of firearms to protect minors statute.

Police said Moreno lived in a house in the 1900 block of Faucette Avenue with his sister, Emily Lopez, 13, and a 15-year-old boy. The boy allegedly took Moreno's gun to school in May 2012 and shot Lopez with it on Nov. 1.

She died Nov. 5 at Duke University Hospital.


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  • northernthuqq919 Dec 17, 2012

    yall be sayin some racist remarks.

  • anneonymousone Dec 14, 2012

    I'm not sure where the claims of knowledge of their immigration status come from. For all we know, they're descended from the Spaniards who settled on this continent before the British did. They may be eighth-generation Americans.

    The family may include ministers, social workers, civil servants, teachers, and successful business owners.

    To assume the worst about the family and, by extension, about an entire group of people---and from charges that have not come to court---is to pre-judge them, a word that is etymologically very close to prejudice.

  • luv2funrun Dec 14, 2012

    Where in the world were the parents? 17, 13 & 15? No mention of any adults. And who was the 15 year old dude? He knew better! He should be tried as an adult. I'm sick of these stories!

  • Tug Boat II Dec 13, 2012

    It appears that this fine upstanding citizen is a victim of circumstances. I hope our judicial system fine a cold dark cell for the next 50 years for this individual. Give him some time to ponder his stupidity.

  • MeDave Dec 13, 2012

    Lock them all up and throw away the key.

  • mewuvbb Dec 13, 2012

    No words for the judge and the DA plus possibly his parole officer if he had one...see what you done..if they do this type of crime here..what else are they running from..he seems like a pro..

  • computer trainer Dec 13, 2012

    anne53ozzy- Maybe you do not understand this, but the 17 year old is NOT old enough to LEGALLY own a handgun, so if we take guns away from law abiding citizens, the criminals will STILL have guns. Although, they are going to have a HARD time taking guns away from people who own them legally. It it our RIGHT! Don't like it? MOVE to another country.

  • anne53ozzy Dec 13, 2012

    "Guns don't kill people"...How much longer do we have to debate this issue? Well, yes, people do but more often with guns than without in crimes that are not random.

  • Scubagirl Dec 13, 2012

    Time to get him OFF THE STREETS!!!!!

  • computer trainer Dec 13, 2012

    What a horrible life Moreno lives. And I bet he thinks that he is a BIG MAN. I say show him the inside of Central Prison, but they will probably not. Will probably let him go, cause he did not have every advantage in life.