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Raleigh teen shot to death during Craigslist buy

Posted October 28, 2014
Updated October 29, 2014

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— An 18-year-old Durham man has been charged in connection with a fatal attempted robbery that happened Tuesday night on Pebblestone Drive in Durham, police said.

According to investigators, Jarrion Hood shot Jawad Ali Razai at about 7:30 p.m. after Razai went to the area to purchase a phone he found on Craigslist. Police said they believe Hood tried to rob Razai.

Razai, 18, of Raleigh, was taken to a local hospital, where he later died. Hood also suffered a gunshot wound during the attempted robbery, but his injuries were not life-threatening. Authorities said Wednesday that Hood's injury was self-inflicted and that one gun was recovered from the scene.

Hood was treated, released and charged with murder in the incident. He was being held in the Durham County jail Wednesday without bond.

Officials with the Wake County Public School System said Razai graduated from Leesville High School in June.

Sereka Davis lives in Pebblestone and heard emergency vehicles responding to the shooting. She said a a fire would have been easier to accept than what really brought police to neighborhood.

“We've been here almost nine years and it's pretty quiet,” she said.

Police haven’t said whether Hood lives in the neighborhood. Several neighbors said they didn’t recognize either of the men.

Neighbors also pointed out that the homicide follows a rash of car break-ins in their community.

“People walking up to other people's cars, trying to get in their cars and stuff,” resident Robert Flagler said.

He said he won't let won't let the recent crimes change the way he lives, but he will be more alert.

“It's scary though. It really is scary,” Flagler said.

Durham police said over the past few years there have been other Craigslist robberies or attempted robberies. Their advice: Always meet during the day and in a well-populated place like a mall or even a police station.

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

Crime Stoppers pays cash rewards for information leading to arrests in felony cases and callers never have to identify themselves.


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  • Alexia Proper Nov 6, 2014
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    Totally disagree. Every person is born with a sense of right and wrong -- even a child understands that a dead pet is really sad.

    Every person is responsible for his or her own actions. There is certainly the possibility that some prejudice exists and people are discriminated against. However, given the large number of people from Asia and the middle east who move to America and succeed, I do not believe race is the primary factor that holds any person back in America. It's pretty much up to the individual how far they want to go.

    And murder? Absolutely the person's fault. They might have had a horrible home life where they were not taught proper values, but you cannot blame that on anyone outside the home and family. People know what's right and wrong. The choose their path.

  • Cheree Teasley Oct 31, 2014
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    I looked. He's right. This guy needs to be locked up.

  • jackaroe123 Oct 30, 2014

    New info certainly appears to indicate the victim was pretty blameless in all of this. Shame on those who saw a foreign sounding name and assumed otherwise.

    That's a pretty clear example of how prejudice still exists today, and how it is subtle enough the people perpetrating it aren't even aware of it.

    You can't point to problems in the Black community, pretend that they exist in a vacuum, and condemn them for it 100%. We can recognize outside influences w/o absolving people of personal responsibility. When the Black community complains about injustices based on race and you roll your eyes about how they are "playing the race card" only to turn around and condemn them for having an immoral culture, you're part of the problem. That hypocrisy is completely illogical unless your real agenda is feeling better about yourself and to justify making no effort to help out.

  • 68_dodge_polara Oct 30, 2014

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    It's not that the authorities don't care, they're just desensitized to the violence anymore.

  • LetsBeFair Oct 29, 2014

    I recall going to buy a truck from an Ad ... I decided it wasn't for me and the guy got wild. Said it fit the requirements and I was to buy it -- or else. It was almost ugly.

  • tuckermichael88 Oct 29, 2014

    This man and his friend shoot my cousin in the 800 block of eva street last year..and guess what the police did....nothing....and now he has killed someone...dont believe me check it out (durham man shot on eva street may 10 2013)watch who pocture pops up

  • Linda Kerns Kellogg Oct 29, 2014
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    How about we post a picture of the innocent victim here, instead of the murderer?

  • Setnitst8 Oct 29, 2014

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    Boo Yah!

  • thomasew52 Oct 29, 2014

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    I agree with you.

  • Steve Clayton Oct 29, 2014
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    If someone wants to rob you it isn't going to matter what kind of zone you're in.