Family mourns man who was gunned down inside car

Family mourns man who was gunned down inside car

LA GRANGE, LENOIR COUNTY - Family members of 21-year-old Duane Lavoris Bright Jr. say his death was horrific  and want justice for their loved one.

According to the Lenoir County Sheriff's Office, Bright  was found dead with a gunshot wound on South Wooten Street in La Grange. The 911 center received calls of the shooting at about 1:22 p.m. Tuesday.

Based on preliminary interviews, investigators said Bright was in a car by himself when a truck with two people inside pulled up behind Bright's vehicle. The people inside the truck then fired several rounds into Bright's car, killing the victim, the Sheriff's Office said.

Investigators say they found 31 bullet holes in Bright's silver Impala. Sheriff Chris Hill says more than one weapon was used during the shooting-- a combination of shotguns and handguns.

The Sheriff also says investigators have determined who the two individuals were in that truck and are actively searching for them. At this time, their names have not been released. However, deputies say if they aren't apprehended soon, they will release their identifies and their photos in the hopes of catching them with the public's help.

Family members say an autopsy is being done on Bright's body to determine how many times he was struck and where.

Family members are planning to hold Bright's funeral on Monday at the St. Luke Free Will Baptist Church, where Bright was a member.

His family says they are feeling the loss and they want justice.

"He was a very loyal guy, that was basically his word, loyalty," said relative Marika Bright. "I just want them to get who did it. I'm tore up, I'm sad, but I try to stay strong, but I just can't, it'll take some time. He will be missed though, he really will."

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