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Police still need leads in Garner mom's shooting death

Posted December 7, 2012 6:53 p.m. EST
Updated December 7, 2012 7:13 p.m. EST

— Police are hoping a $1,000 reward will generate new leads in the unsolved fatal shooting of a Garner mother of three outside her apartment complex a week ago.

Latoya McNeil, 31, died at the scene. Her mother, Angela Harding, 48, was taken to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Both women lived at Delmont Apartments off of Curtiss Drive and were in the same vehicle arriving home from McNeil's son's first basketball game when someone opened fire just before 9:30 p.m. on Nov. 30.

"This is our highest priority. It's what investigators are concentrating on," Lt. Wayne Moore of the Garner Police Department said Friday. "Garner just doesn't have violent crime."

Investigators said they received a tip that two men were spotted running from the scene after the shots were fired.

They spent the week canvassing the neighborhood, handing out fliers and interviewing people but have had no major breakthrough in the case.

Moore said they hope that the reward will help in their efforts. Anyone with information is asked to call police at 919-772-8810.

"We know that people have information, and they may not think that information is valuable," he said. "But we'd like to be the ones to determine that."

Meanwhile, family and friends have been remembering McNeil with a makeshift memorial of flowers, balloons, candles and cards outside her apartment.

Family members have described her as a fun person who did not deserve to be gunned down.

"It's not fair, and why they do it, we don't know," one relative, who did not want to be identified, said. "We don't know."

Her funeral is set for Saturday at Springfield Baptist Church in Raleigh.