Durham County

15-year-old accused of murder in killing of man near Rockwood Park in Durham

A 15-year-old was arrested and charged Thursday night with fatally shooting a Durham man last week on Whitley Drive near Rockwood Park, police said Friday.

The boy, whose name police withheld because of his age, was charged with murder, attempted murder, robbery with a dangerous weapon and conspiracy to commit robbery with a dangerous weapon.

Officers found Denzel Holloway, 27, dead and Holloway’s 17-year-old cousin wounded when they arrived at 5:40 p.m. July 12.

The name of the 17-year-old, who is expected to survive, has not been released.

The 15-year-old was turned over to juvenile justice authorities.

In North Carolina, suspects 13 and older who are charged with a crime that would be a Class A felony if committed by an adult can be tried as an adult. A Class A felony carries a maximum penalty of either life in prison or death.

If probable cause – evidence that the crime has been committed – is found, a judge may transfer the case to superior court. A motion for such a transfer can be made by a prosecutor, a juvenile’s attorney or by a court itself.

Rockwood Park is surrounded by the Parkside, Rockwood, Forest Hills and Long Meadow neighborhoods. Holloway, the father of a 2 1/2 year old, lived with his grandmother in Parkside in a two-story home with a yard that was dotted with children’s toys last week.

“Denzel was a wonderful father, son, brother and friend,” the family said in a statement provided by Stacey Holloway, one of his brothers. “He was truly a loving and caring person. Everyone Denzel touched in the community was left with something positive, due to him having one of the purest hearts.”

Mike Bourquin, 37, who has lived in the Parkside neighborhood for about a year, said he would see Holloway at the park and their children played together. He said, “It’s more sad than anything.”

As of July 14, there had been 14 homicides in Durham plus one fatal officer-involved shooting this year, according to Police Department spokeswoman Kammie Michael. There were 22 homicides by that date last year.

As of June 14, a total of 107 people in Durham had been shot in 2017, including a 14-year-old boy in June and a 10-year-old girl in May.

Colin Warren-Hicks: 919-419-6636, @CWarrenHicks

Ron Gallagher: 919-829-4572, @RPGKT