Twanda Parker | Durham’s mother was shot; No arrests made yet: Durham Police

By | November 6, 2023

DURHAM, N.C. (WTVD) — The woman shot and killed early Sunday morning in Durham has been identified by police.

The Durham Police Department said Twanda Shante Parker, 24, of Durham, was found injured near the intersection of West Morgan Street and Watts Street around 12:45 a.m.

Paramedics rushed her to hospital, but she did not survive.

Pamela Parker’s heart breaks when she holds her 2-year-old grandson Zaire, who doesn’t quite understand that he will never see his mother again.

“It’s going to be hard for me to sit there during the funeral and have her be there, but if he sees her in the casket, he’s going to want to go get her,” Pamela Parker said.

She spoke with ABC11 while wiping tears from her face. The memories she shared are how she wants her daughter Twanda Parker to be remembered.

“Just beautiful. So headstrong about everything and she was the most beautiful person in the world. Everywhere she goes, she has to take a picture,” Parker said. “It doesn’t matter what happened or what happened. I don’t understand why kill her.

According to Parker, her daughter died two years to the day after her own mother died, adding to the family’s devastation.

“She meant everything to me,” said Donald Brooks, Parker’s father. “I wish she was still here.”

Brook was looking forward to spending time with his daughter and grandson next week, but that won’t happen anymore.

As police continue their investigation in search of the shooter, his father shared some final words

“It just hurts to see someone your age leave this world. Not by their choice, but by someone else’s choice. It’s just painful,” he said.

No further details have been released about the shooting or possible suspects. Anyone with information is asked to call CrimeStoppers at 919-683-1200.

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