2 Durham teens fatally shot in past week

From staff reportsJuly 8, 2014 

— Two teenagers were shot to death in Durham in the past week.

Police responded to a shooting at 1:40 a.m. Saturday at 3010 E. Weaver St., where they found Derek Huggins Junior, 19, lying on the ground, dead from multiple gunshot wounds.

Police don’t know why he was killed and are looking for information.

Police are also investigating a homicide that was reported last week on East Main Street.

In that case, officers sent to the 900 block of East Main Street shortly after 3:30 p.m. Thursday found a man who had been shot lying in a breezeway. The man was taken to the hospital where he died a short time later.

Police later identified the man as Marquise Keshawn Mangum, 18, of Durham.

No arrests had been made in either case as of Monday, and no further information was immediately available.

Anyone with information should call Investigator S. Pate at 919-560-4440, ext. 29332 or Crime Stoppers at 919-683-1200.

Crime Stoppers pays cash rewards for information leading to arrests in felony cases and callers never have to identify themselves.

12 homicides this year

There have been 12 homicides in the city so far this year, police spokeswoman Kammie Michael said Monday. Two of the victims have been teenagers, she said.

Last year there were 30 homicides, according to the Durham Police Department 2013 Annual Report. That was up 43 percent from the 21 homcides in 2012.

The 30 homicides included two officer-involved cases, one murder-suicide and one case that happened in 2009, according to the report.

Overall violent crime incidents in 2013 decreased by 5.6 percent, however, compared to 2012.

Violent crime includes homicides, rapes, robberies and aggravated assaults.

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