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Durham family seeks answers after teen killed in drive-by shooting

Posted March 9, 2016 5:12 a.m. EST
Updated March 9, 2016 5:58 p.m. EST

— A Durham family struggled with grief and unanswered questions Wednesday after a 15-year-old was killed in a drive-by shooting late Tuesday.

Cousins David Pounds and Timothy Stevens Jr., 25, were standing in the street the 1400 block of Maplewood Drive at about 10:30 p.m. when someone shot at them from a passing vehicle, police said.

Pounds, a sophomore at Northern High School, was pronounced dead at a local hospital, while Stevens was treated and released.

"My little class clown, sweet lovable boy," Joann Peaks said. "Everybody loved Day-Day. (He was) always smiling, always smiling, always smiling."

Pounds' older brother, Keshon Blue, a minister at a local church, is now planning to preach the teen's funeral.

"We just want to know. We just want to understand it," Blue said. "We really need to understand it."

Blue, 27, said he and Pounds were "night and day" – opposite in every way – but were the best of friends. He said it was difficult to come home Tuesday night to find police officers trying to resuscitate the teen in his front yard.

"They was working in the yard on my brother, pumping his chest," he said.

No arrests have been made, and police haven't released details on a possible motive or suspects. But investigators said the shooting doesn't appear to be random.

Blue said his brother didn’t have enemies.

"We're willing to pay for information. Just please come forth and let us know who did this to my brother because you got the wrong guy," he said. "David Christopher Pounds Jr. is not the guy you meant to kill."

Anyone with information on the shooting is asked to call Investigator M. Evans at 919-560-4440, extension 29336, or Crime Stoppers at 919-683-1200.