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DURHAM—One year after a Durham teenager was killed in an unsolved drive-by shooting, no arrest have been made in her murder.

Investigators say Shakanah China, 13, was standing outside her apartment complex near the intersection of Atka Court and Rochelle Street when someone fired shots from a van. Police say there were several people inside the van, but no one has been arrested.

Her family members want to see someone arrested.

"It's been a year ago and they ain't got nobody. That's the hardest part," said the victim's great-uncle Sam China.

His niece used to live right around the corner and visited all the time.

"She would always come by when she get out of school and get something to eat. She loved my cooking, you know. She would always come by," said Sam China.

Police believe that China was not the intended target.

"I don't think that the bullet was intended for the 13-year-old and I don't think it was intended for her mom who was next to her,” said Police Chief Jose Lopez. “I think there were other individuals in that area who were the intended targets."

Police statistics show China's murder is one of 11 homicides over the past year that remain unsolved in the city. Lopez urges community members to come forward with any information, which could make all the difference.

"The longer it takes for us to solve it, the harder it may be to bring it to a court, to a jury," said Lopez.

In Shakanah's case, the chief is optimistic investigators will find out who committed the crime. Her uncle wants to see an end to the senseless violence.

"They need to get the people that did it,” said Sam China.

Anyone with information about China's homicide or other investigations can call Crime Stoppers at (919) 683-1200 or the Spanish line at (919) 560-4118.

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