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Just as police get arrest in one homicide, another occurs; that suspect, a 15-year-old juvenile, also arrested


Just as they wrapped up one murder investigation, police in Burlington have opened another, following the death of a 28-year-old Burlington resident who was gunned down earlier this week.

UPDATE: BREAKING WED. NIGHT – Police announced the arrest of a 15-year-old juvenile suspect in connection with the James Drive murder. He is charged with first degree murder. Because of his age, his identity was not released.

According to Burlington’s police department, Jaquan Lennel Boyd was pronounced dead at the scene of the city’s most recent firearm fatality, which occurred along the 100 block of James Drive shortly before 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday.

This homicide comes barely a day after the arrest of a suspect in another fatal shooting that took place along the 500 block of Cameron Street on November 10.

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According to the city’s police department, Rasheem Leondre Currie turned himself in to the authorities at 1:30 p.m. on Monday after he emerged as a suspect in the shooting death of 33-year-old John Conyers.

The department had originally obtained arrest warrants for Currie nearly two weeks before his peaceful surrender. According to the department, the 28-year-old Burlington resident currently faces felony charges of first degree murder and the illegal possession of a firearm by a previously convicted felon.

Currie has been jailed without bond since his arrest.

Boyd’s murder on Tuesday marks the sixth homicide to have struck Burlington so far this year. As a point of reference, the city’s police department logged a total of seven homicides in the previous calendar year.

According to Chris Gaddis, an assistant chief with the city’s police department, the agency has already cleared all five of this year’s previous homicides, as well as the seven that took place in 2020, prior to Boyd’s murder. Gaddis added that tips from residents have been instrumental in the successful conclusion of many of these high-profile cases.

“We are fortunate to have the support of our local community which helps us to identify those involved in these crimes,” the assistant chief asserted on Wednesday. “This continues today as we ask for their assistance. Their eyes, ears, and voices help us to keep everyone safe.”

The police department urges anyone with pertinent information about Boyd’s murder to contact the agency’s headquarters at 336-229-7500. Residents may also call Crime Stoppers at 336-229-7100 to leave an anonymous tip for police.

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