SHERIFF: All leads checked in 9-year-old’s murder; reward now offered

Published: Sep. 8, 2020 at 12:06 PM EDT|Updated: Sep. 8, 2020 at 12:20 PM EDT
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CHOWAN COUNTY, N.C. (WITN) - A $5,000 reward is now being offered to help solve who killed a 9-year-old girl earlier this summer.

Makiia Slade was shot and killed in a drive-by shooting near West Queen Street in Edenton back on July 24th.

The girl was in her mom’s car. Shatory Slade was wounded in the shooting.

Sheriff Edward Basnight says they have checked every possible lead in the case and so far have no suspects.

“We’re almost, I don’t want to say we’re at a standstill, but we need leads,” explained Basnight. He is hoping the reward will spark some new information.

Some passionate community members spoke out about it as well. “If it’s money, okay. But the life of a child, even better to come forward. For justice, for this family and this child,” said the executive director of Elaine Riddick Charter School, Don McQueen.

The family also talked about how this could help them get closure. “I know that deep down inside this family will be able to forgive,” said Makiia’s aunt, Felicia Ford. “Not forget, but just forgive."

Those who put up the money for the reward want to remain anonymous, according to the sheriff.

Anyone with information on Slade’s death should contact the Chowan County Sheriff’s Office at 252-482-8484 or the SBI at 919-662-4500.

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