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Police, volunteers knock for clues in 9-year-old's slaying

Posted January 14, 2014
Updated January 22, 2014

— Durham police officers and volunteers went door-to-door Tuesday evening in search of information that could help solve the slaying of 9-year-old Jaeden Sharpe.

Jaeden and his mother, LaKeisha Holloway, 31, were riding on Lucas Drive on Jan. 4 when someone fired bullets into their vehicle.

Jaeden died on Friday. Holloway is recovering.

Durham police often conduct neighborhood canvases after homicides and other major crimes to distribute informational fliers about the case and collect “any information that investigators may not have already picked up,” said Durham Police Deputy Chief Anthony Marsh.

Cassandra Maxwell was glad to see police and volunteers knocking on her door.

“He was a little boy that used to walk through my yard every day,” she said. “We want to get to the bottom of it because it was a child and a senseless death.”

Jaeden’s family is desperate to know who killed him and why.

“Jaeden was a really good kid,” said Cindy Gongs, Jaeden’s great aunt. “He is a really smart kid. Good grades. Everybody loved him. Somebody, somewhere knows something. They have to.”

It was unknown Tuesday evening if the canvas produced any useful information but police said such efforts have helped in the past. In some cases, officers obtain information on other crimes.


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  • sweetlyght Jan 15, 2014

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    Sadly, in some places that kind of thing happens. I do recall we had such shootings on 540 just this last year, entirely random, and probab;y gang intiation related.

    I seriously hope they get to the bottom of this.

  • Lamborghini Mercy Jan 15, 2014

    The mother has to know something. I highly doubt a random person would fire several bullets into a car without knowing who's in the car.