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Graham police are continuing to investigate a double homicide that appears to have occurred in the early morning of Thursday, August 25.
Police originally responded to the Graham Village Apartments – located in an easternmost corner of Graham, near Burlington and the town of Haw River – at about 1:00 a.m. Thursday morning in response to reports of shots fired in the parking lot of the apartment complex, located at 901 East Hanover Road.
An 18-year-old male was found with a gunshot wound; he was taken to the hospital for treatment of what were described as “non-life threatening injuries.”
According to police, “initial information did not indicate that there were any other victims.”
However, at 9:45 that morning, Burlington police contacted their Graham counterparts, according to a press release from the Graham police department, about a missing persons investigation; Graham police deemed the new information related to the shooting incident from earlier that morning.
Later that morning, Graham detectives located the bodies of two 16-year-old boys in the wooded area behind the apartment complex; both teens were dead of gunshot wounds.
In addition to Graham police, officers with the Burlington police department and the Alamance County sheriff’s office, as well as agents with the State Bureau of Investigation and the state medical examiner’s office assisted in the investigation, and did representatives of the Alamance County’s district attorney’s office.
Anyone with information about the shootings is asked to call the Graham police at (336) 570-6711 to speak with Captain Duane Flood in the Criminal Investigations Division. The public can also leave information anonymously by contacting Alamance County Crime Stoppers at (336) 229-7100.
Meanwhile, earlier this week, district attorney Sean Boone “rescinded” an arrest of a juvenile in connection with the case.
Boone was somewhat tight-lipped during an interview with The Alamance News on Monday, but did acknowledge that “new information” had prompted him to ask a judge to rescind the arrest order – known as a secure custody order in the case of juveniles – that had been sought in connection with the double murder.
Boone said additional information “can change the course of any investigation.”
Boone also denied having a policy in which he must approve in advance any felony charges to be filed by local law enforcement agencies. “In general, no, that’s not the policy,” he told the newspaper, which had heard that local agencies are chafing under that limitation – and that the issue may have been related to rescinding the arrest order connected to the double murders.