Little girl's death remains unsolved

Shakanah China (Image courtesy family)

November 3, 2011 3:14:52 PM PDT
The mother of a 13-year-old child killed in a drive-by shooting six months ago is still waiting for justice.

Shakanah China was gunned down outside her apartment as she sat chatting on a cell phone in May.

"They have not caught no one yet," said Shakanah's mother Demetriss China "I feel like it's not right for a 13 year old to get killed at her home, in her yard, for no apparent reason, and nobody's out here doing their job like their supposed to."

China's family told ABC11 they believe the shooting in a parking lot at an apartment complex on Atka Court near Rochelle Street in eastern Durham was gang related, but police have not confirmed that.

But they don't think the seventh-grader at Lakeview School in Durham was the intended target when gunmen in a van drove by shooting.

China's family has moved away from the apartment complex - fearing for their safety.

Investigators say they case has not gone cold, but they need the help of people in the community.

"We're still working and following up on every lead," said Lt. Patrice Vickers with the Durham Police Department. "We need the community to understand that we need their help."

"I just wish somebody would come forward. It's been six months," said Demetriss China.

There's a cash reward in the case. If you can help, call CrimeStoppers at (919) 683-1200.

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