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Girl, 13, killed in Durham shooting

Posted May 10, 2011
Updated May 11, 2011

— A 13-year-old Durham girl was killed in a shooting outside an apartment complex Tuesday evening, and police are searching for the killer or killers.

Shakanah China was shot while standing outside 7 Atka Court with several other people, according to police, who responded around 7:30 p.m.

Pete China, Shakanah's uncle, said he saw a van drive by, heard gunshots and realized his niece was hit.

"(Shakanah) wasn't breathing, so I knew she was dead," he said.

Emergency crews took the girl to Duke University Hospital, where she was pronounced dead.

According to witnesses, someone fired several shots from a green, older model Ford Windstar or Chevrolet Astro van. The van, which had several people inside, was last seen heading west on Holloway Street, police said. 

No charges have been filed and no one is in custody. Anyone with information is asked to call Durham police at 919-560-4440 or Crime Stoppers at 919-683-1200.

Shakanah China Teen killed in Durham shooting

Shakanah was a seventh-grader at Lakeview School in Durham. Extra counselors were on hand Wednesday to talk with students and staff.


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  • lswalker1985 May 11, 2011

    If this was a little white girl that lived in Hope Valley Farms that was a victim under the same circumstances the post that we see on here would be completely different. She was not outside unattended she was around adults when this happened. Things like this can happen ANYWHERE but for some reason when someone of color is involved we get all these hateful and ignorant comments. You people should be ashamed of your selves. Right now we should try to pull together as a community to stop things like this from happening

  • gapeachdiva May 11, 2011

    Whenever something happens in Durham, I sit and read these posts about how it's just Durham, blow it off the map. I lived in Durham for 5 years with my kids and I lived in a very nice middle class neighborhood.We took walks after dinner and felt safe. Not one time did I ever feel unsafe and I felt comfortable with my teenage sons going out in Durham because I knew that my sons wouldn't mix with that element that is prevalent everywhere-Durham, Raleigh, Cary, Walnut Grove, etc.There are bad parts of EVERY city. I have driven down Holloway many times, I've even stopped along the way to pick up some food, but just like every city, don't be a fool.

    With that said, where this tragic crime happened is totally irrelevant. An innocent child has lost her life and these posts always get turned into a plot to rid NC of Durham.

  • kstor33 May 11, 2011

    angela32nc2...AMEN! Thank God for sensible posters like you!

  • angela32nc2 May 11, 2011

    Its a shame a child has died and grown ups sit on the computer passing hate back and forth to each other. God bless our country and freedom of speech that gets us no where. Atleast this child doesn't have to put up with this mess anymore. God be with her family and friends. God be with us too as we sit by and do nothing but have the perfect answers and yet nobody has anything kind to say.

  • nboblitz May 11, 2011

    We think we can continue to address & solve problems like this thru Education, Legislation and Environment changes. As that is good and well but unless there's a change of heart it's like trying to mop up an overflowing sink while the water is still running.

  • Classified May 11, 2011

    "WE can take shots at each other-or we can try and develop solutions. Obviously, throwing money at it has not worked. Food stamps, ADC,... have not helped. What can we do??"

    We should'nt have to do anything but since you asked. Review the people getting food stamps and other assistance. If this is a career for them cut them off. Put them to work. Assistance should'nt last your whole life. Cut medicaid not medicare.
    Now, what can they do. People should practice moral obligation. If people can't afford to live someplace better maybe they should'nt be having children and subject them to this kind of life. Take more pride in where you live instead of rims & paint jobs. Get educated, Get better jobs, and get out of there.

  • Roland K. May 11, 2011

    birth control in the water? Why do people have to make the most ignorant and senseless remarks on these bulletin boards? I guess the meshuganna who said this approved of the syphillis experiments North Carolina did on black people 60 some odd years ago too.

  • Roland K. May 11, 2011

    Eduardo: you are mixing apples and oranges, and seem always willing to find an excuse to bash our great President and Rev. Barber. Give it a rest

  • der_Marv_meister May 11, 2011

    I do not think anyone intentionally targeted this little girl. Unfortunately someone also didn't think of the consequences of stupid actions. Stupid people and their stupid actions always seem to leave the innocent to pay.

  • moonpie May 11, 2011

    So sad, so young.
    Why in the world would anyone want to murder an innocent child is beyond my comprehension....