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Man, 58, killed in Durham shooting

Posted December 19, 2015
Updated December 20, 2015

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— Authorities are investigating a homicide that occurred Saturday night at a business on South Briggs Avenue.

Officials said a male suspect shot an employee inside the Buy Quick convenience store at 419 South Briggs Ave. around 7 p.m. Mohamed Thaber Shoufar, 58, was taken to a local hospital, where he later died.

Many stopped by the store Sunday to leave flowers and candles by the door. Those who had been customers for several years remembered Shoufar as a kind man who would go out of his way to help people. They were surprised to hear what had happened and said the least they could do was come pay their respects.

"[He] was a good person. Anytime anyone needed anything he was there," said neighbor Geneva Hairston. "He loved kids. Me and my husband go there like every day. It's just cruel. What happened should've never happened."

One woman said Shoufar collected money for her family after her brother died four years ago.

Police had not released a description of the suspect or information about what lead to the shooting.

Anyone with information is asked to call Investigator M. Evans of the Durham Police Department at 919-560-4400 or Crime Stoppers at 919-683-1200.

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  • Dan Abbate Dec 21, 2015
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    Durham is a disgusting city. How anyone could brave enough to work at a convenience store anywhere in Durham let alone Briggs street is surprising.

  • Jaimie McBride Dec 21, 2015
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    My condolences to his family. I went once and got hot dogs and he seemed very nice. I know I always heard about how sweet he was. It is very sad and I wish people would stop the violence. Not only in Durham, but everywhere. To the people who asked if Durham has to have registration of firearms.....the answer is yes for handguns and to get a permit the process takes getting references of your character, very thorough background etc....The people who are shooting people usually have stolen or illegal firearms and unfortunately making tougher rules to get handguns would not stop the gun violence because illegal firearms will always be around.....It is sad this is the case but very true. I love Durham, I am born and raised in Durham but I really hope that we as a community cam figure out ways to end the violence.

  • Anne Havisham Dec 20, 2015
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    May Mr. Shoufar's family and friends find comfort in their memories. He sounds like a good person, and the world always needs the presence of good people.

    What mean-spirited nonsense in the comments thus far. One wants to be snarky about violence in Durham, and the others make statements designed to prove that the writers do not understand why African-American activists take a stance against racist violence.

    A man has died; a modicum of civility would be nice.

  • Robin Cubbon Dec 20, 2015
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    sounds like durham lost a really nice man. my condolences to his family. there are way too many gun deaths in this world.

  • Roger Chance Dec 20, 2015
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    Gosh! It's been a couple of days since anyone was shot in Durham.

  • Norman Lewis Dec 20, 2015
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    Does Durham not require registration of firearms? Isn't that supposed to make the city safe from gun violence? Another example of the failure of any "gun legislation" to protect the citizens. Of course, the Revs won't be coming to Durham unless there is political capital to be made.

  • Norman Lewis Dec 20, 2015
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    Does Durham not require registration of firearms? Isn't that supposed to make the city safe from gun violence? Another example of the failure of any "gun legislation" to protect the citizens. Of course, the Revs won't be coming to Durham unless there is political capital to be made.

  • Roscoe P Coltrane Dec 20, 2015
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    So should we expect the Revs and their crews, to come to Durham? Will riots follow this man being murdered?

    This just in.....This man was not killed by a white police officer, so the city is safe from mayhem, looting and destruction.