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Family seeks answers after young man killed near his Durham apartment

DURHAM, N.C. (WNCN) - Durham police are investigating a murder after a man was found dead in a parking lot earlier this month.

Police responded to the 200 block of South Alston Avenue just before 4:30 a.m. Wednesday, Sept.12, and found a man dead in the parking lot there, officials said.

Wednesday afternoon police identified the man as Jacob Kameron Secor, 24, of Durham.

Police said that Secor suffered at least one gunshot wound.

More than two weeks after his death, his family said they're looking for answers to find out who could've killed a man beloved by many. 

"Never in my life have I thought the words 'shot' and his name would be together," Secor's older sister, Ashley Bower, said. 

Bower is still trying to cope with the loss of her brother. She said she found out about his death exactly one month before his 25th birthday.

"Surely, this can't be real," she said. "Nobody would hurt him."

Bower said Secor was killed after stepping outside his apartment to make a phone call. 

She said the hardest thing to deal with is trying to realize her younger brother is gone. 

"The three-year mark of our dad passing was on [September] 16, and I tried to call him [Secor], forgetting that he couldn't answer," Bower said.

Bower remembers spending countless holidays with her brother in Dunn with their grandparents. 

"It was just kind of the meeting place anytime we did anything as a family," she said. 

She describes Secor as an old soul with a big heart. 

"He helped buy their kids and them groceries," Bower said. "He helped just giving them a ride somewhere. He was always thinking of others before himself."

Bower says he brother had a positive attitude.

"I can and I will. That's been his - more or less - his motto no matter what he's gone through," she said. 

While questions still remain as to what led up to his death, Bower said she hopes justice is served soon.

"They took kindness from the world," she said. "Not everybody is that kind. I think the world is made just a little bit darker when people like that are taken."

Anyone with information is asked to call Investigator E. Hines at (919) 560-4440, ext. 29322 or CrimeStoppers at (919) 683-1200. CrimeStoppers pays cash rewards for information leading to arrests in felony cases and callers never have to identify themselves. 

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