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Durham police go door-to-door for leads on teen's death

Posted May 16, 2011
Updated May 17, 2011

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— Durham police went door-to-door on Monday evening seeking information about a drive-by shooting that left a 13-year-old dead last week. 

Shakanah China was standing outside 7 Atka Court on May 10 when, witnesses told police, someone fired several shots from a green, older-model Ford Windstar or Chevrolet Astro van.

The van believed to have been used in the shooting was recovered, police said. No further information was released. 

Shakanah, a seventh-grader at Lakeview School in Durham, was taken to Duke University Hospital, where she was pronounced dead.

Police and members of the community will be canvassing the area Tuesday and Wednesday nights as well. 

"(We're collecting) a great deal of information on this case, as well as providing some comfort for the community," Capt. Paul Daye said.

Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call the Durham Police Department at 919-560-4440 or Crime Stoppers at 919-683-1200.

A memorial fund has been established to help Shakanah's family with expenses. Donations can be made at any branch of the State Employees' Credit Union under the name of Diane Hanes.

durham police canvass neighborhood Police canvass Durham neighborhood where teen was killed

The shooting wasn't the first in the neighborhood, which is off Holloway Street.

"If people are fed up about the situation, they need to come together as a family, a community because it is innocent kids that are dying," said Gary Billings, Shakanah's great-uncle.

In June 2009, a 16-year-old girl was injured under similar circumstances when she was shot in the back of the head while standing with several friends outside 8 Atka Court.

Police said the girl was an innocent victim, and they arrested a 17-year-old boy in that case.

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  • bmg379 May 17, 2011

    The shooting wasn't the first in the neighborhood, which is off Holloway Street.

    "If people are fed up about the situation, they need to come together as a family, a community because it is innocent kids that are dying," said Gary Billings, Shakanah's great-uncle.

    untill people take control of their own neighborhoods there will never be any change,the big difference between owning and being a renter is you take pride in your neighborhood,the housing complex and section 8 neighborhoods are all crime ridden in some way.Ever ridden thru those areas in the day or night with a bunch of unemployed young and old men hanging out in the areas???If you can't control it,the police can't help control it.Run the criminal element out,unfortunatly this might involve turning in friends,neighbors and relatives to weed out the bad elements

  • westernwake1 May 16, 2011

    This is a very sad situation. Let's hope the public helps out and the police solve it quickly.

  • snowmentality May 16, 2011

    Please note that Crime Stoppers tips are totally anonymous. This was challenged with the Eve Carson case (defense wanted info on Crime Stoppers tips that led to arrests), but ultimately the judge ruled that no info on Crime Stoppers tipsters can be released. So if you know anything, you can call Crime Stoppers without worrying that someone will find out and retaliate.