DURHAM, N.C. (WTVD) -- Sunday will mark the one-year anniversary after a 74-year-old grandmother was killed by celebratory gunfire while visiting a friend in Durham, that's why local authorities are warning of the devastating consequences of celebratory gunfire.
Last year, Paulette Thorpe was hit by a stray bullet while sitting on a porch around 11 p.m. -- just weeks before her 75th birthday. One year later, and Durham police still have not made an official arrest in Thorpe's death.
In an unfortunate tale of caution, the Durham Police Department released a PSA warning how what one may believe is a small action may have a big impact on another family.
"The Thorpe family worked closely with our department to produce the PSA," says Lt. G.L. Minor of the Public Affairs Unit. "The goal was to create a compelling promotion that would honor Mrs. Thorpe's life and cause community members to stop and think about the possible consequences of their actions."
"Celebratory gunfire is not fun and games, it's a violent crime that kills.. don't do it," the video says.
Not only is the Durham Police Department warning of celebratory gunfire, they are also providing other tips to celebrate the holiday safely: