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“Who did this to Peter and why?”: Family seeks answers in slaying

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- COURTESY OF PETER MICHAEL JORDAN’S FAMILY
Peter Michael Jordan, 19, of Cornelius was fatally shot Feb. 19 at a Huntersville apartment complex.

The family of a 19-year-old fatally shot at a Huntersville apartment complex on Feb. 19 pleaded for help Wednesday in finding who killed him.

“WHO DID THIS TO PETER AND WHY?” the family of Peter Michael Jordan asked in a statement released by the Huntersville Police Department.

“A fun-loving 19-year-old boy, who has touched the lives of so many, was killed. ... His grieving mom, step-father, sister, brothers, family and friends want to know why he was killed at gun point.”

The family is offering a $5,000 reward to anyone with information that leads to an arrest.

Dispatched at 6:06 p.m. that Wednesday to a report of a gunshot victim, police said they found Jordan with multiple gunshot wounds at 16916 Landings Drive, Apartment G. The apartment is in the 312-unit Landings at Northcross apartment complex off Interstate 77 Exit 25 and Sam Furr Road, in the Birkdale area.

A day after the shooting, police asked the public to help them identify three or four “persons of interest.” The suspects were in a black Chevrolet Impala, police said.

Police said Jordan didn’t live in the apartment but was “very good friends” with those who did.

In Wednesday’s statement, police said they’ve received numerous tips and “are working around the clock” to solve the case. Police haven’t said whether they know why Jordan was killed. Wednesday’s statement said they are releasing no new details of their investigation.

Police said the family asked them to release Wednesday’s statement. “Peter’s parents, siblings, friends and relatives are asking anyone with helpful information to contact the Huntersville Police Department or North Mecklenburg Crime Stoppers,” the statement said.

The homicide was a rarity in Huntersville – the first in more than two years.

The family’s statement said Jordan was born in New York City and moved to North Carolina with his mother when he was 11 years old. “His mom built a beautiful home in Cornelius where she thought it would be a safe and happy place to raise her son,” the statement said.

Jordan attended Bradley Middle, Bailey Middle, Lake Norman Charter and Hough High School, and he enjoyed playing the keyboard, guitar and drums, according to the statement.

“He made many friends in North Carolina; friends of all ages, sex, race and ethnical backgrounds,” the family’s statement said. “His friends looked up to him as a big brother, best friend and true confidant.”

“Peter was known to have a ‘big heart,’ and would give you the shirt off his back,” the statement said. “ ‘The gentle giant,’ as he was sometimes referred to, made his friends and those around him feel he was there to protect them.”

The family asked for privacy as they grieve and requested that media questions be handled by police.

Jordan’s family has created the Peter Michael Jordan Memorial Fund, and donations can be made at any local Wells Fargo Bank branch. Donations will be allocated to the reward offered by the family and added to any reward given by Crime Stoppers.

Huntersville police ask anyone with information in the killing to call Sgt. Randy Gardner at 704-464-5400 or North Mecklenburg Crime Stoppers at 704-896-7867.

Marusak: 704-358-5067; Twitter: @jmarusak
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