Police, family renew pleas for help in finding who killed Cornelius teen

Two days after what would have been Peter Michael Jordan’s 20th birthday, his family joined police Tuesday in issuing another plea for help in finding who killed him.

Jordan, who lived in Cornelius, was shot and killed on Feb. 19 at The Landings at Northcross apartment complex off Interstate 77 Exit 25. It was the town’s first homicide in more than two years.

A 911 caller, in whose apartment Jordan died, reported that the fatal bullets were fired through his front door by assailants who fled in a black, newer model Chevy Impala, according to an edited tape of the call.

At a news conference Tuesday at the Huntersville Police Department, Police Chief Cleveland Spruill said police have followed up on numerous leads and interviewed persons of interest but haven’t established sufficient evidence to make an arrest.

Spruill urged anyone with information, especially anyone who saw what transpired outside the apartment where Jordan was shot, to call Huntersville police Lt. Andrew Dempski at 704-464-5388 or 704-464-5400. A $10,000 reward is being offered.

In September, police said they believed Jordan’s killing wasn’t a random crime.

“Evidence suggests the killer or killers were known to Peter Jordan,” Dempski said in response to questions from the Observer. “Our investigation has revealed that drugs could have played a part, but that the circumstances surrounding those drugs and what part it could have played is unknown.”

Jordan was visiting friends when he was shot and killed, police said. His death raised concerns in the community about killers being on the loose, with no public indication of motive or suspects.

At Tuesday’s news conference, Jordan’s mother, Carolyn Averill, thanked police for their efforts to try to find who killed her son.

“My family, friends and I are suffering greatly from the loss of Peter,” Averill said. “We miss him greatly. The holidays are extremely hard on us. … Instead of celebrating a birthday, we had to mourn the loss of our son.”