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Hit-and-run of Green Hope student stemmed from drug deal gone wrong

Posted June 28, 2015
Updated June 29, 2015

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— Four suspects have been charged with first-degree murder in a fatal hit-and-run Friday night that happened during a botched drug transaction, Cary police said Sunday.

Investigators said 16-year-old Katherine Burdick-Crow, of Cary, was hit at about 9:20 p.m. on Lawrence Road near Walnut Street. She was taken to WakeMed, where she later died.

Charged are:

  • Jourdan Chanquion Mack, 20, of Rambling Hill Drive, Morrisville
  • Beth Strange, 18, of Fallborough Court, Morrisville
  • Abijah James Masse, 17, of Narrow Leaf Drive, Morrisville
  • Joshua Odell Simmons, 17, of Autumn Day Drive, Morrisville

Investigators said Burdick-Crow was robbed and became involved in an altercation with the suspects. During the altercation, she fell from a 2003 Ford F-150 pickup driven by Simmons as the suspects fled the scene.

Police said the vehicle has been found and is being processed.

A man called 911 after finding Burdick-Crow's body in the street as he left Walnut Street Park. He told the call-taker that she was bloody and unresponsive. He also described a male witness who was acting erratically and wanting to leave the scene.

"There's a gentleman here with blood all over his face," the caller said in a recording released Saturday. "He's acting very strange. He said not to call the police, but I'm calling you because, this girl, I don't feel a pulse or anything. Someone needs to get here really quickly."

Burdick-Crow was a student at Green Hope High School.

Cary officials said Masse is a student at Green Hope, and Mack graduated from there in 2013. Simmons is a student at Panther Creek High School, and Strange graduated from there in May.

​“This is a terrible tragedy for all families involved," Cary police Capt. Randall Rhyne said. "With around-the-clock joint efforts by our Traffic Safety Team and Criminal Investigations Division, we hope that being able to wrap this up somewhat relatively quickly will help start the healing process for them and our community.”

Burdick-Crow's parents thanked the community for their support.

“We are devastated by the loss of our daughter Katie, but we appreciate the outpouring of love and support from so many of our friends," they said in a statement. "Katie was a very loving, caring person and it is a shame her life has ended so soon."

Anyone with information about the case is asked to call police at 919-469-4012 or Crime Stoppers at 919-460-4636. Crime Stoppers pays cash for tips leading to arrests, and callers may remain confidential.


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  • Phillip Mozingo Jun 30, 2015
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    I've seen this same scenario played out in court before guys. It's second degree murder. The type of drugs don't matter, the race don't matter. It's murder.

  • Tommy Frieda Holloman Jun 30, 2015
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    To the person who said this wouldn't have happened if weed were legal...Your kidding , right? How many would have been old enough...0.... It is a terrible tragedy that will touch many lives but the fact is they left her there, in the middle of the road...That was a conscious act no matter what caused it.... Leaving the scene of any PI accident is a felony even if she hadn't died...Nothing can replace this life taken by some really bad decisions....Just hope others can see the lesson learned the hard way...

  • Marcy Lyn Jun 29, 2015
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    Well if the "4" buying the marijuana would have paid for it instead of STEALING, then she would probably still be alive.

    Regardless of what it was she was selling, they were stealing. Oh and to PUNCH her in the face. Right they are good kids. !

  • Cary Tom Jun 29, 2015
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    Just a side note from this conversation. I have teenagers and I have been trying to overcome this "it's just weed" mentality for the last couple years. Its everywhere and the kids just don't get the ancillary issues, consequences and legal ramifications of "it's just weed" It really ticks me off. Currently it is not only illegal, it's a waste of time. Before the legalizers jump in, if it was legalized it would be 21years old so it would not change the situation. The whole country has everybody chillin on weed. Be cool man. Dude. Brah. Alcohols a lot worse. etc.

  • Karla Jones Jun 29, 2015
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    . Excuse me sir..... But you are wrong I knew the eldest he was a friend of mine! We went to high school together I am an alumni of Green Hope High school where he graduated from. And I feel its not your concern on why he left Durham.... Just know he did for his own personal reason and when he did move to Cary received a higher education! And received his diploma! Yes, my friend was wrong in being there and he knows he made a mistake but I would appreciate it if you keep what you said to yourself and also when it comes to the city of Durham they do install the PROPER ETHICS in there children INCLUDING ME . that's all I wanted to say have a nice day.

  • Karla Jones Jun 29, 2015
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    I knew them personal and I am sorry for Katie's lost..I am... But at the end of the day everyone played a role in some sort of fashion and they were all wrong. But let's face it they were in highschool they knew what they were doing (with the drugs) yes it got out of hand ... But they are human and I know the truth will come out . but I refuse to set here and keep reading some of you bash some of these young people because I knew them. ....ALL OF THEM! no one is perfect.... People need to realize that. Everyone is effected by this not just one family but all 5 of them.

  • Shannon Williams Jun 29, 2015
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    This is sad...when will teens learn that drug involvement leads to no where but heartache for their family... "drug deal goes wrong" smh you never know when u r buying or selling what the other persons intentions we're. I wonder who was selling? If she was robbed was she the dealer or the buyer? It had to be either drugs or money stolen and who steals money for a 5.00 or 10.00 bags of dope... so many questions that we will never know the answer too

  • Jae'lin Crowder Jun 29, 2015
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    Good point Ms.Kellogg,good point!

  • Linda Kerns Kellogg Jun 29, 2015
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    This is tragic for all involved, mostly, of course, for the victim and her family. I'm sure NONE of these people anticipated this tragedy when they met up that night. Whether the victim was selling or buying is irrelevant; she certainly didn't deserve to die, and the futures of all those arrested and their grieving families is also irrevocably changed forever because of their ill-thought out actions. If marijuana was a legal drug like alcohol is, this tragedy more than likely would have been avoided. I'm very sad for this young ladies death and for those that loved her.

  • Barbara Sossomon Jun 29, 2015
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    It does not say that she was BUYING or DOING drugs. It does say she was robbed. Could be that she was in the wrong place at the wrong time. She might not have had anything too do with the drug part of this..