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Police Renew Call for Leads in Quadruple Homicide Case

Posted November 19, 2007 7:52 p.m. EST
Updated November 19, 2007 11:13 p.m. EST

— Two years after four men were shot to death execution-style inside a Durham townhouse, investigators are renewing their call for information in the case.

Juan Coleman, 27, Jamel Holloway, 27, Lennis Harris Jr., 24, and Jonathan Skinner, 26, were found lying on the carpet in a second-floor bedroom at 2222 Alpine Road on Nov. 19, 2005.

Each had been shot in the head. Two other people were injured.

“I think it is important for citizens to know that this investigation is ongoing and active,” police Chief Jose Lopez said in a statement Monday. “The department maintains communication with the families of the victims and has expressed our commitment to work hard to bring all persons involved to justice. We are hopeful that the public will respond to the department’s continued pleas for pertinent information in this tragic case because it is simply the right, compassionate thing to do.”

In October 2006, police arrested Rodrick Vernard Duncan in connection with the case, but investigators are still searching for two other men seen fleeing from the scene after the shootings.

Witnesses told police that they saw three men seen running from the area of the shooting after they heard shots. One was described as a black male with a light complexion, standing 6 feet to 6 feet 2 inches tall and weighing 180 pounds. He was wearing dark jeans and a black-and-white jacket.

The second man fleeing the scene was described as a stocky black male, standing 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighing 200 pounds. He was wearing a burgundy flight jacket and jeans.

The third man was described as a black male with a medium complexion, standing 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighing 170 pounds. He was wearing a black flight jacket and blue jeans.

Crime Stoppers and the Governor's Crime Commission are offering up to $13,000 for information leading to arrests and convictions in the case.

Anyone with information should contact Durham Crime Stoppers at 919-683-1200 or Durham police at 919-560-4440, ext. 260.