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Robeson Investigators Look For Car In Connection With Drive-By Shooting

Posted December 31, 2003

— Robeson County investigators said they have leads in a drive-by shooting that killed an 11-year-old girl.

A bullet entered a mobile home where Nicole Oxendine was sleeping. She died instantly from a shot to the head. A second bullet narrowly missed her sister, Deanne, who was sleeping in the same bed, just inches away.

"I heard something like firecrackers and something hot, like something was stinging me," Deanne said.

Investigators do not believe Nicole was the target. They have no motive for the drive-by shooting, but they do think the mobile home was singled out.

"We feel like the mobile home was targeted. There were two other residences right near there and neither was hit," said Maj. Randal Patterson, of the Robeson County Sheriff's Office.

Witnesses think the shots were coming from a white Ford Taurus. Investigators are now working with the Department of Motor Vehicles, trying to identify any white Ford Tauruses registered to an address in the area.

Deanne Oxendine said she wants more than just answers. She wants her little sister back.

"I just wish it would have hit me and not her, so she could be here. She was too young," she said.

Oxendine will be buried Saturday. Family members said she did not get to enjoy her Christmas presents, so her sisters plan to put some dolls that she got for Christmas inside her coffin.

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