Durham police identify 20-year-old murder victim

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Durham Police released the name of the victim after a dead body was found behind a house Sunday night (WTVD)

Police have identified the man found shot to death behind a Durham house as 20-year-old Nicholas Bell, authorities said Wednesday.

According to police, Bell was shot and killed before his body was discovered Sunday behind a house on 2800 block of Ashe Street.

Read our first report on the story here.

ABC11 was there when the Durham Police Department's Selective Enforcement Team searched the house early Monday morning, thinking there was movement inside.

Police said they didn't find anyone. Wednesday, the windows on the house were boarded up, police tape and a broken window frame were on the ground, and one neighbor said someone came to clean the place up just minutes before ABC11 arrived on the scene.

Police are investigating Bell's death as a homicide. Durham city leaders announced they will be holding a discussion on recent violence on Thursday.

Durham minister Paul Scott, of the Messianic Afrikan Nation, said he's tired of hearing about meetings.

"We've had so many meeting in Durham, inside of buildings," Scott said. "We need to get out on these streets. Meeting inside - politicians and officials meeting in a building - isn't going to help. It's going to take the churches, it's going to take them, to get out on these streets."

Scott said he'd like to see Durham's various churches and houses of worship engage more with the communities on their block. Scott is calling for an effort to prevent more homicides like the one that took Bell's life.

Read more about Paul Scott and his call to action here.

If you have you any information about any Durham homicide, police ask that you please call Crime Stoppers at (919)683-1200.

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