'Heartbreaking:' Family mourns shooting death of 15-year-old in Durham

Ian Wells,15, will never know what it's like to pursue his dream of playing football for Oregon State. Saturday night in Durham, his family says he was shot and killed.

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TIM PULLIAM: 15-year-old Ian Wells, from Person County, will never know what it's like to pursue his dream of playing football for Oregon State. Saturday night in Durham, his family says he was shot near the intersection of Alston and Angier Avenues. He died the next day. His sister Imani says she had just said goodbye to him a few minutes before the shooting.

IMANI TABORN: He said, "All right, Sis. I love you. I'll see you tomorrow." He met up with someone that he knew and they shot him.

TIM PULLIAM: Today marks one week since this 13-year-old girl was shot in the leg while sleeping in her room off Weldon Terrace. According to DPD, of the 971 shootings last year, 11% were solved. So far this year there have been 176 shootings and 15% were solved. Of the 38 homicides last year, 36% were solved. So far this year there have been seven homicides. 43% have been solved.

DAVID JOHNSON: I just feel like more can be done.

TIM PULLIAM: David Johnson is a supervisor of a group of former offenders and activists working to disrupt conflicts and crime prone neighborhoods before they turn violent. Soon Bull City United will be expanding its territory in Durham. The efforts are critical in saving lives and families from tragedies like Ian's, who family says could light up a room with his smile.

IMANI TABORN: This wasn't a stranger to him. It wasn't a stranger. This is someone he knew.

TIM PULLIAM: Tim Pulliam, ABC 11 Eyewitness News.