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Slain Teen's Family Hopes Bigger Reward Will Lead to Arrest

Posted April 18, 2007
Updated April 19, 2007

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— A Raleigh family who lost its loved one seven years ago hopes a larger reward will lead to an arrest in the case.

Usama Husein, 16, of Presnell Court in Raleigh, was found shot to death April 14, 2000, in a ditch near his parents' driveway. Authorities said he had been waiting outside for a friend to pick him up to go on a trip for spring break.

Omar Husein, Usama's brother, announced Wednesday that his family has increased the $20,000 initial reward to $50,000.

"It's very frustrating. It's something that we would never want any other family to go through," he said.

Investigators said some of Usama’s former friends, who initially had been reluctant to talk, may now be more willing to speak to investigators.

“We hope that the passage of time and the increased reward will encourage people to talk to us and provide the missing information that will help us find Usama’s murderer,” said Wake County Sheriff Donnie Harrison.

Authorities believe Usama Husein may have been killed in revenge for a fistfight that occurred months before the shooting.

If you have information about the case, please contact the Wake County Sheriff's Office at 919-856-6800.


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  • LADY1 Apr 19, 2007

    somebody knows something? That person or persons need to come forth and come clean, for themselves and the family.

  • At Work Apr 19, 2007

    God bless the family and prey they will get some answers that they need!

  • Fence Straddler Apr 19, 2007

    Sad story. Hopefully someone will come forward with information.

    Knowing Sheriff Donnie Harrison, he has an idea somebody knows something. Keep up the good work WCSO!

  • JustDontUnderstandPpl Apr 18, 2007

    This is so sad. I can't imagine someone killing my child but to then have to wonder who did it, why they did it, and will they be back?? Scary and sad. May God bless and comfort the family.

  • Forgetaboutit Apr 18, 2007

    conservative, mr. young is a smart man. the police have nothing. insurance company needs to pay this man, because what we have here is the perfect murder. and remember, it is a myth to think that there are no perfect murders. this gentlemen, michelle, and just go down to RPD and talk to their cold case guys, the list is long and distinguish of men and women whose murders will never hear the clang of the jailhouse door?

  • Pepa Apr 18, 2007

    In Jesus name I pray that justice is served so that this young man may rest in peace and his family can fine closure. Father please bring some type of understanding for this family.

  • spiritwarriorwoman Apr 18, 2007

    Praying for this young man's family and praying for God to touch the heart(s) of the perp(s) unto turning themselves in.

    God bless.

    Rev. RB

  • latanya512 Apr 18, 2007

    I feel the same way. So many young lives taken for senseless things and reasons. Michelle Young and many other cases will sit on a shelf somewhere until a cold case team picks them up. Eventually someone will talk especially since they upped the monetary gain. Sad to say it does take money for people to talk. God bless all the families of murdered victims.

  • jannisheart Apr 18, 2007

    That's because unless the find you with the weapon in your hand and over the body they can't see the truth. I hope this wasn't a crime where he was innocently standing on the side of the road and gunned down out of "fun". People are hateful now days.

  • Conservative Apr 18, 2007

    Talking about unsolved cases, the silence pertaining to Michelle Young's murder investigation is deafening! All of a sudden any mention of the case or its investigation has stopped!