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Police hear rumours that North Preston murder victim was bystander

Police are hoping potential witnesses in the shooting death of JerellWright will step up to the plate and help them track down his killer.

Police are hoping potential witnesses in the shooting death of Jerell Wright will step up to the plate and help them track down his killer.

The 19-year-old man died last week at the Queen Elizabeth II Health Sciences Centre in Halifax, a week after being shot on Clarence Street in North Preston.

“There were people there that evening that aren’t coming (forward) to police,” Halifax RCMP spokesman Cpl. Joe Taplin said Wednesday. “There are a lot of rumours going (around) that this individual could have been an innocent bystander, but we don’t have that information."

Taplin said police know several shots were fired May 13, adding shell casings they found in the HRM residential community have been sent to a laboratory for ballistics testing. Police won’t confirm what Wright’s fatal injuries were, but several media outlets have reported he was shot in the forehead.

In his obituary the Dartmouth teen is described as a “kind, loving (and) respectful” person who “made a difference to everyone was in contact with him.” He enjoyed basketball and hockey and spent some time working at the North Preston Community Centre, it says.

His funeral was yesterday afternoon at St. Thomas Baptist Church in North Preston.

Major crime investigators are asking anyone with information to call police or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-8477.

 
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