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Fayetteville police looking for answers after teen killed in January shooting

Posted July 31, 2020 6:59 a.m. EDT

— Fayetteville police are looking for two people they believe have information about the Jan. 7 killing of 17-year-old Jaheem Smith.

Smith was killed and two others were injured in a Jan. 7 shooting in the 1900 block of Tryon Drive.

Authorities said the preliminary investigation revealed a disturbance started between groups of subjects. During the disturbance, gunfire was exchanged.

Malik Vereen, 20, and Tahlique McKinnon, 22

Fayetteville police do not have warrants to arrest Malik Vereen, 20, and Tahlique McKinnon, 22, but both are believed to have information about the investigation.

Anyone with information regarding the homicide investigation is asked to contact Detective S. Catlett with the Fayetteville Police Department at 910-818-2543 or the Fayetteville/Cumberland County Crime Stoppers at 910-483-TIPS (8477).

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