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Family renews plea for help in finding 19-year-old’s killer

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    - COURTESY OF CAROLYN AVERILL
    Peter Jordan is shown with his mom, Carolyn Averill, at his prom at Hough High School in Cornelius
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    - COURTESY OF CAROLYN AVERILL
    Peter Jordan, right, who was killed in February, is shown last Christmas with his brother, Matt, and mom, Carolyn Averill.
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    - COURTESY OF CAROLYN AVERILL
    Peter Jordan is shown with his sister, Christine.

The family of a 19-year-old who was shot and killed in a Huntersville apartment in February renewed their plea this week for help in finding his killer.

“For some, the rain has stopped, but in the home where Peter Jordan lived, the tears continue to fall like rain,” the family said in a letter emailed to the Observer by Jordan’s mother, Carolyn Averill.

“Friends and family in Cornelius, Huntersville, Mooresville, other parts of North Carolina and New York are still mourning over the loss of their son, brother, friend and loved one.”

Jordan, who lived in Cornelius, was shot and killed Feb. 19 in the Landings at Northcross apartment complex off Sam Furr Road, near Birkdale Village.

A 911 caller, in whose apartment Jordan died, reported that the fatal bullet was fired through his front door by assailants who fled in a black, newer model Chevy Impala, according to an edited tape of the call released to the Observer by police after the paper made a public records request.

Police have declined to provide any new details about their investigation into Jordan’s death – the town’s first homicide in more than two years. “We’re remaining tight-lipped,” Sgt. Randy Gardner said Thursday.

Jordan’s friends gather at his grave every day, “still in misbelief and anguish,” the family said in their letter. “Some of them are angry, some are sad, but others remember Peter as the person who brightened up their day. Peter should be remembered as a heroic person who was able to comfort friends and family in their times of need, who gave them advice when it was needed, and who was a ‘best friend’ to many.”

The family is offering a $9,000 reward for information leading to an arrest. Crime Stoppers is offering $1,000.

Anyone with information is asked to call police at 704-464-5400 or Crime Stoppers at 704-896-7867.

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