Fundraiser planned for shooting victim at Duke Park

May. 02, 2014 @ 05:43 PM

Local automobile enthusiasts want to help raise money for the family of a 9-year-old boy who died this week in an accidental shooting.
Kimberly Coleman, a friend of the family of Christian Pittman, said members of the Nu-Era World Riders, Kountry Boyz and Dirty South Riders – among other clubs – are gathering about 3 p.m. Saturday  in Duke Park.
They’re hoping to raise at least $2,700 to go toward his mother, Amy Pittman, or to Hudson Funeral Home for funeral costs.
“Right now, at this moment, we don’t need to focus on the whos or the whys,” Coleman said. “Right now, our focus is on getting Christian the proper burial that he deserves and making sure this family and siblings of Christian are OK.”
Duke Park was a favorite place for the Glenn Elementary School student to play, Coleman said.
He died Monday night while playing with a loaded gun in his room on Macon Street. It remains unclear how Christian got the weapon or why it was kept loaded within reach and without a lock.
No charges had been filed in the case Friday evening, said police spokeswoman Kammie Michael.
Durham Police Chief Jose Lopez Sr. has urged residents with firearms to get free locks for the weapons from the county.

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