Dead Durham teen Jesus Huerta still not buried

Family of 17-year-old who died in police custody saving money for a proper funeral.
January 24, 2014 2:50:30 PM PST
More than two months after his death, ABC11 learned Friday that Jesus Huerta still has not been buried. His family is holding the body at a mortuary while it saves money for a proper funeral.

The family is also continuing its push for a new investigation.

Investigators say 17-year-old Huerta shot and killed himself while handcuffed in the back of a police cruiser at Durham Police Department headquarters back in November.

While investigators say Huerta was searched after he was arrested, they say he apparently had a .45 caliber pistol hidden someone on his person that the arresting officer did not find.

They're calling the death a suicide, and the Durham County District Attorney said earlier this month that he did not find probable cause to file any criminal charges in the case.

Huerta's family is pressing for more, and questioned why a friend arrested with Huerta said neither of them was armed.

The controversial case has led to three protests in Durham that have ended with violence and arrests.

Meanwhile, El Centro Hispano in Durham is managing a fund to help the family bury the teen.

"We were thinking about how we can help the family in what they are going through," said Pilar Rocha-Goldberg with El Centro Hispano. "They need money. The mom is working harder now to be able to pay some fees she needs to pay."

Donations can be made on the El Centro Hispano website: Mark donations: FOR HUERTA'S FAMILY.

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