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Durham Police Seek Information On Gang-Related Homicide

Posted July 18, 2003 8:34 a.m. EDT

— Durham police are asking for information about a gang-related homicide Wednesday afternoon in the 1000 block of Angier Avenue.

David Lamont Cox, 17, of Fidelity Drive and a friend were walking home from the Durham County Jail around 2 p.m. when they took a shortcut through Edgemont Park at the corner of Angier Avenue and Lyon Street.

Polcie said as they walked through the park, they saw two males sitting at a table. The two males, who were gang rivals of Cox and his friend, followed them for a short distance.

One male told Cox that he was wearing the wrong color for the neighborhood and then pulled out a gun and shot Cox in the back, police said. Cox collapsed in the street and was pronounced dead at the scene.

One suspect is described as a black male, 17 to 18 years old, 150 pounds and 5 feet 8 inches to 5 feet 10 inches tall. He had a medium complexion, short hair and was clean-shaven. He was wearing a gray, short-sleeve shirt and black shorts. He was carrying a chrome and black handgun, which may have been a .40-caliber.

The second suspect is described as a black male, 18 to 20 years old and six feet tall. He had a dark complexion, short hair, a mustache and a small amount of facial hair. He was wearing a dark blue, short-sleeve shirt with black pants.

Investigators believe both suspects frequent the area of Edgemont Park and Angier Avenue. Officers found gang graffiti in Edgemont Park Wednesday afternoon.

Anyone with information is asked to call Investigator W.L. Early at (919) 560-4440, ext. 229, or CrimeStoppers at (919) 683-1200. CrimeStoppers pays cash rewards for information leading to arrests in felony crimes.