Durham police charge 2 for murder of 21-year-old man

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Two young men have been arrested in an April shooting that killed one person and injured another, Durham police said Friday.

Mujahid Muhammad, 23, and Jayon Smith-Sherman, 19, are charged with killing 21-year-old Raheem Sharaf Clark Jr. on East Cornwallis Road.

They are charged with murder, attempted first degree murder and assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill or cause serious injury, according to a police press release.

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State records show Smith-Sherman was on probation at the time of the murder, having been convicted in February of two drug offenses.

On the morning of April 15, officers responded to a reported shooting in Block 1400 of East Cornwallis Road. They found Clark dead on the spot. A second person who was shot was taken to hospital with life-threatening injuries, police said.

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By July 16, police had investigated 23 criminal murders this year, according to the department’s website. Last year there were 25 criminal murders.

All told, 131 people had been shot dead in the city by July 16, according to police statistics, including 22 fatally shot.

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