‘Please care:’ Memorial set up for 16-year-old shot, killed at McDougald Terrace

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DURHAM, N.C. — McDougald Terrace resident Ashley Canady participated in a first-aid training program organized by the city and a group called Stop the Bleed.

It was her way of preparing to save residents in her neighborhood in case of violence.

She and another resident used that training when 16 year old Reginald Parker was shot last Tuesday night.

911 calls show the chaos and the tragedy,

“It’s just one, please hurry up … his bookbag is on him,” said the caller. “There’s no more pulse. He’s gone.”

Canady said it was a gut punch when she realized she was doing CPR on someone she recognized.

“It’s just tragic that this happened to him,” said Canady. “I know him from the neighborhood. He was one of the kids from the neighborhood, always speaking ‘hey miss Ashley how ya doin,’ he was always speaking to people in the neighborhood.”

Parker’s murder came up at Tuesdays’ city council work session, when Durham Police Chief Patrice Andrews spoke about the sobering statistics.

“Between the ages of 16 and 24, if you are a young black male, and we’re just talking about here in Durham, you are either going to be a victim, or a suspect,” said Andrews.

Canady said it’s important not to lose hope, and to remind young people they have a future.

“You’ve gotta stay strong for the community, and for the children, because they look up to you,” said Canady. “That’s always important.”

Durham poilce said there have been no arrests in this case, and this remains an active investigation.

Anyone with information is asked to call Investigator B. Paulhus at 919-560-4440 extension 28136 or CrimeStoppers at 919-683-1200. CrimeStoppers pays cash rewards of up to $2,000 for information leading to arrests in felony cases and callers never have to identify themselves.

Remembering murdered 16-year-old Reginald Parker

A small memorial with blue balloons, stuffed animals, candles and flowers has been set up at McDougald Terrace. One resident, who brought the balloons, says the young man was a friend of his son.

Durham City Councilman Leonardo Williams says this is a communication issue – with people using guns instead of words. He believes mentorship programs are one potential answer for the public safety problem.

“There are mentors daily working with young folk. They are channeling their emotions. They are channeling their ability to discipline themselves. They are engaging with them. They are teaching them how to communicate, how to have a conversation, how to mitigate an altercation,” he said.

Williams was emotional after the shooting. He also has a 16-year-old son – and a message for the people who pulled the trigger:

“I want people who are pulling these triggers to put yourself on the other end. Put yourself on the receiving end of that bullet. Do you want that to happen to your loved one? Do you want that to happen to you? I beg you to please care,” he said.