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Durham Teen Found Guilty in Fatal Mall Shooting

Posted January 25, 2007

— A teenager accused of shooting two people outside a Durham mall has been found guilty of first-degree murder.

Lamar Bass, who was 17 at the time, was charged with killing Lazarren Tyqwan Mclean, 16, on Dec. 26, 2005. Police said an argument between the two on a city bus escalated in the parking lot of Northgate Mall.

Family members said they believe McLean was defending his younger sister after teens made harassing comments toward her.

Bass was arrested last February after a month-long manhunt. He will be sentenced to life in prison.

Another teen, Quinzell Nahdee Williamson, 19, was shot but survived. The jury did not find Bass guilty of shooting and injuring Williamson.

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  • Crumps Br0ther Jan 26, 2007

    Durham; North Carolina's answer to Detroit!

  • smoothtip99 Jan 26, 2007

    I have often said there should be a class in school that teaches basic living principles such as respect, honor, forgiveness, understanding, etc. Apparently kids don't get it at home so they dont learn it. These people were old enough to know better than ensue something to this degree. Stop picking on people!!! You aint perfect either!!! Is this the first time that the Bass kid has gotten in trouble? I doubt it. Recognize the signs "parents". You need to be held accountable also and have some parenting class when your child gets in trouble.

  • robbincasino Jan 26, 2007

    There is no "winner" here. One young man in dead, and another one who will spend the rest of his life in prison and two families who will never be the same. What needs to happen and very soon, is that our children need to be taught how to deal with anger. Some how we have to get the message out that the answer to conflict doesn't come from the end of a gun. It's sad to say, but lets face it. We as parents and a nation are failing our children miserably.

  • builder276 Jan 26, 2007

    now there's a surprise. Violence in Durham

  • fairyswearboots2 Jan 26, 2007

    Justice Served ! RIP Tyqwan

  • BLA BLA BLA Jan 25, 2007

    quote"Another teen, Quinzell Nahdee Williamson, 19, was shot but survived. The jury did not find Bass guilty of shooting and injuring Williamson."unquote

    Ok, he killed 1 [convicted] and shot the other 1, wounding him and the jury doesnt find him guilty of it? Wow. Was the jury asleep?

  • buck121794 Jan 25, 2007

    What?!? A shooting in Durham? By a teenager? No Way!

  • Matthew 19_21 Jan 25, 2007

    so lets see - convicted of 1st degree murder in durham. ouch, this guy is gonna be grounded, and maybe even time out. That'll teach him not to murder