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Wake Deputies Still Searching For Clues In Case Of Murdered Teen

Posted April 17, 2005

— The Wake County Sheriff's Office has 26 cold-case investigations. One of those is especially troubling.

Sixteen-year-old Usama Husein was home alone packing for a spring-break trip five years ago. The next morning, his parents found his body in a ditch near their driveway.

Investigators believe Husein was shot and killed in his yard.

But five years later, the sheriff's office is still trying to solve the case.

"This is a case that has frustrated me since the beginning," Sgt. Jerry Winstead of the Wake County Sheriff's Office said. "We work on it very hard as often as we can."

On the five-year anniversary of his death last week, Omar Husein came forward to publicly remind people of his younger brother's death and the $20,000 reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction.

"I'm pretty confident when he died his peers were young," Omar Husein said. "They've probably matured."

Investigators believe Usama Husein was killed out of revenge. They would not elaborate, but they said Husein had been involved in some questionable activities. Husein, who attended Millbrook High School, also had assault charges pending against him.

Investigators also said there is probably more than one suspect, and the people responsible are probably now in their early- to late-20s.

Detectives hope that, as time has passed, people will be more willing to talk.

"In most cases similar to this, persons involved will brag about it," Winstead said. "And we hope that has happened."

Anyone with information in this case is asked to call the Wake County Sheriff's Office at




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