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13-year-old Durham shooting victim dies

Posted November 5, 2012

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— A 13-year-girl who was shot Thursday evening has died, Durham police said Monday.

The shooting happened inside a home in the 1900 block of Faucette Avenue.

The girl, identified as Emily Lopez, was taken to Duke University Hospital with critical injuries.

Investigators on Friday charged a 15-year-old boy in connection with the crime. The boy, a relative of the victim, was served with a juvenile petition with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill.

He was being held in a Wake County juvenile facility, and police said Monday that the charges he face could be upgraded.

Police haven't said how the two are related. The shooting remains under investigation.


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  • Marty King Nov 5, 2012

    I bet that was an illegally obtained gun... no amount of gun control would have prevented this.

  • BullsEye Nov 5, 2012

    Too many cars too killing people too. Should we outlaw cars?
    November 5, 2012 2:21 p.m.
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    That's a false equivalency. Cars certainly serve a purpose other than hurting/injuring/killing someone. Guns are tool used specifically for that reason.

  • piety409 Nov 5, 2012

    I am praying for you Mom and your family. I had one son in my Sunday School class whom was the perfect example of a well behaved child. Emily will be missed by all. Love you.

  • DontVote4LiarsCheatsOrThieves Nov 5, 2012

    Rabbitdog - "Alcohol. Don't forget alcohol. We need to ban that to."

    Yeap, and stupidity. We need to ban that too. And people who do idiotic things for no rational reason.

    Let's see, what else?

  • Hasbeen Nov 5, 2012

    Folks, the car analogy is not valid for the 100th time! A cars purpose is to transport. Accidents and deaths do occur as an ancillary risk to the use of cars. Guns are designed to kill humans and animals (and shoot at stuff for fun, yeehaa). They have NO NO NO other purpose. It is whay they are called lethal weapons-to kill. A car could be used lethally, but, it is not defined as a weapon. Alcohol, fat foods, smoking etc are all choices of things that have other uses. Their INTENDED use is not to KILL!!! Sheesh...

  • charmcclainlovesdogs2 Nov 5, 2012

    You may be shock to know how many homes have loaded guns, pistols, shot guns laying around their homes and not locked or lock up. That is indeed sad waiting for tragedy to happen.

  • charmcclainlovesdogs2 Nov 5, 2012

    Too many cars too killing people too. Should we outlaw cars?

    Alcohol. Don't forget alcohol. We need to ban that to.



  • charmcclainlovesdogs2 Nov 5, 2012

    Just wondering how the 15 year old feels now that he has been told that she died? Now he know he should not have had that loaded gun in his hand pulling the trigger.

  • NCHighlander Nov 5, 2012

    Hasbeen - "Too many guns in a gun riddled society."

    Too many cars too killing people too. Should we outlaw cars?

    Alcohol. Don't forget alcohol. We need to ban that to.

  • Da Toy Maker Nov 5, 2012

    So sad. Another senseless death. RIP young one!