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Two arrested in Durham fatal shooting

Posted August 25, 2015
Updated August 28, 2015

— A Durham teen who was shot in the face Monday night played dead to survive after her friend was killed, authorities said. Two arrests have been made in the shooting.

According to investigators, Dymond Patrice Fowler, 19, was shot multiple times in the 4700 block of Glenn Road at about 9:15 p.m. Officers found her dead in a ditch by the side of the road.

Alexis Patterson, 17, was shot in the face and the wrist and told deputies that she pretended to be dead until the assailant left. She then ran to a nearby home for help.

Patterson was at Duke University Hospital Tuesday, but her condition wasn't known.

Authorities issued arrest warrants Tuesday afternoon for Niajel Quashaun Slade, 23, of 2507 E. Main St. in Durham, charging him with first-degree murder, kidnapping and assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill in connection with the shooting.

Slade turned himself in to authorities Wednesday, according to the sheriff's department.

A second person was also arrested Wednesday. Alezai Clay, 19, of 3507 Thornwood Drive, is charged with two counts of first-degree kidnapping and two counts of felony conspiracy.

Keisha Patterson and Donna Fowler said their daughters were with friends at a Red Roof Inn on Guess Road on Monday evening when they were abducted. Someone later called Patterson's home and demanded a ransom of $15,000 to $20,000.

Durham County authorities haven't confirmed that or released other details about what led to the shooting.

"I don't know nobody who don't like her. I don't know her as having enemies," Donna Fowler said of her daughter.

She said she wouldn't feel safe until her daughter's killer was in jail, and she worries retaliation may get in the way of the investigation.

"I don't want anybody going out doing anything on their own hands. I want the law to handle it," she said.


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  • Bonita Rose Aug 26, 2015
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    Well..............so much for "Black Lives Matter"........they are killing themselves off at an alarming rate.........When will Mr. Sharpton and Mr. Jackson and Mr. Obama address this issue? It is a serious one. I wish they would stop this epidemic already. Too many kids being killed by the hands of their peers...............Wake up! Protect your lives and your heritage, before you are all gone........too much heartache already.

  • Joel Rado Aug 26, 2015
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    The people who commit repeat violent crimes should be permanently removed from the streets. They should not be released to society.

  • Marcy Lyn Aug 26, 2015
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    Teen age girls at a motel .. nothing good is happening.. sorry the one girl lost her life, the other is wounded. Choices in life put you in places you SHOULDN'T be

  • K Hope Capps Aug 26, 2015
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  • Marcia Maloney Aug 26, 2015
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    My question is these girls were too young to be with friends @ a Red Roof Inn motel - what were they doing there? I feel bad that the one lost her life and the other was injured-thank god the one who survived thought to play dead in a situation like this-as for him, he is nothing but trash. Its a shame that we taxpayers are going to have to pay for his stay in jail.

  • Tyrone Bigg Aug 26, 2015
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    2 young lives and the lives of tax payers who will have to foot the bill to feed this monster 3 meals a day are ruined. He didn't value anyone else's life, let alone his own. Bury him under the prison.

  • Candace Williams Aug 26, 2015
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    Doesn't matter what they were doing there. The point is 3 young lives are ruined. 1 dead child, 1, I'm assuming seriously-critically injured, 1 who will be spending the rest of their lives behind bars. Stop passing judgement about something you don't know anything about.

  • Marcy Lyn Aug 25, 2015
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    Durham Teens a Durham motel... What were they doing there in the first place ?

  • Dean Logan Aug 25, 2015
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    "Patterson's mother said the two teens were abducted from a Durham motel Monday evening."

    Sounds like someone was into something bad and someone else wanted to make a statement.

  • Chase Truman Aug 25, 2015
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    Oh my gosh, WTH is going on???