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Teen shot to death standing behind door Shooting on Shirley Avenue becomes city's second homicide of new year

A 17-year-old youth -- just a week away from his 18th birthday -- was shot to death Tuesday in the doorway of his Shirley Avenue home.

David J. Curry was pronounced dead in Erie County Medical Center with a gunshot wound to his side. His would have celebrated his 18th birthday next Wednesday.

No motive has been determined, but police are trying to find out whether the shooting is linked to an ongoing feud between the victim's family and other neighbors, Chief of Detectives Dennis J. Richards said.

At about 12:29 a.m., a dark-colored car pulled up to Curry's home at 220 Shirley Ave., near Bailey Avenue, and a gunman, wearing a baseball cap, fired at least two shots at the house, Richards said.

The first shot pierced the home's enclosed porch and hit the living room wall. The second bullet went through the front door, striking Curry, who was inside his home behind the shut door, police said. The gunman fled in the same car, but it was unclear if there were any other occupants.

Homicide investigators are unsure whether Curry was the intended target, Richards said. He lived at the home with his mother, father and stepbrother, police said.

Curry is the city's second homicide victim of 2007 -- both claimed the lives of teenagers and both are unsolved.

On New Year's Day, Monday, at 3:49 a.m., Marquita Akin, 18, of Floss Avenue, was fatally shot outside Club Alexis, an East Side bar at Jefferson Avenue and Southampton Street.

Anyone with information on these slayings is urged to call the Homicide Unit at 851-4466 or the Buffalo Police Confidential Tip Line at 847-2255.

e-mail: vthomas@buffnews.com

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