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Huerta family asking for permanent memorial at DPD

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Site at the DPD where the Huerta memorial was before being removed. Site at the DPD where the Huerta memorial was before being removed.
DURHAM, N.C. -

The family of a Durham teenager who died while in police custody is asking for a permanent memorial for their son at police headquarters near where he died.

The Huerta family and their attorney Alex Charns made a formal request to Durham City Manager John Bonfield for a permanent memorial on Jan. 25.

Bonfield recently responded to the request. His response contained a question about the request, but nothing more, and he has not otherwise responded, Charns told WNCN.

Durham does not have a policy on memorials, so Bonfield has asked staff to research and develop a policy on memorials that can be used consistently.

Charns said they will continue to ask "that residents of Durham contact the city manager and city council members in support of our request for a memorial."

Huerta died in the backseat of a Durham police patrol car in Nov. 2013. Police said he shot himself while handcuffed behind his back.

Charns said he's been told that the State Bureau of Investigation is still investigating the case.

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