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Teen girl died from gunshot wound to chest

Posted June 3, 2011

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— A 13-year-old killed in a drive-by shooting last month died from a single gunshot wound to the chest, according to an autopsy report released Friday.

Durham police said Shakanah China was standing outside 7 Atka Court on May 10 when someone reportedly fired several shots from a van.

The report from the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Chapel Hill found that she had been shot once in the left upper chest and once in the right hand.

Witnesses reported seeing a green, older-model Ford Windstar or Chevrolet Astro van leave the scene. Police later recovered the vehicle but haven't released any other information about the case.

Anyone with information about the shooting should contact the Durham Police Department at 919-560-4440 or Crime Stoppers at 919-683-1200.

Shakanah was a seventh-grader at Lakeview School in Durham who loved to tell jokes and had a smile that could brighten anyone's day, family members said.

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


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  • slayerhil Jun 3, 2011

    Where's 'The Punisher' when you need him. This definitely sounds like gang initiation to me. Senseless and stupid.

  • bombayrunner Jun 3, 2011

    These are not real gangs. They're just dummies and wannabies. Lived in California, THOSE ARE GANGS ... highly organized and very dangerous, lifeless eyes. They are not afraid of the cops either -- they raise sheer fear in you when they are in the area. Gangs in NC ... HAHAHA, Joke. These guys need a beating. This poor little girl, that smile is so genuine, bet she was just a doll. RIP.

  • boneymaroney13 Jun 3, 2011

    Gang members are nothing more than social terrorists. Would you report, or "snitch", on a terrorist?

  • dsalter Jun 3, 2011

    A total waste of human life.

  • twoods7 Jun 3, 2011

    Eradicate Gangs like you would any other vermin; exterminate w/extreme predudice...

  • dfendrjimray Jun 3, 2011

    No more snitchin'.

  • SAMCRO4ever Jun 3, 2011

    amazing...another childs life was worth someone else's stupidity. Can this world get anymore ridiculous?

  • bmg379 Jun 3, 2011

    End Gang Crimes in your neighborhoods,be the neighbors who call the police not the ones who stay afraid and silent

  • shortcake53 Jun 3, 2011

    I am devastated for her family. I'm so sorry for such a senseless tragedy. Prayers for strength for them, and peace for her.

  • paulawindley Jun 3, 2011

    These crimes are senseless.