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Family seeks answers in century-old slaying of young father, former high school football player: NorthEscambia.com

Jaheem Durant, 20, was killed in Century last year.

His body was found with multiple gunshot wounds on a sidewalk along North Century Boulevard near Ramar Street around 1:15 a.m. The body was just a few feet from the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office substation in the Billy G. Ward Courthouse.

Now, more than seven months later, his family and the mother of his 2-year-old child are still searching for answers.

“We don’t understand why it’s taking so long for the police to make an arrest,” Kirsi Crawley, Jaheem Durant Jr.’s mother, told NorthEscambia.com. “Jaheem deserves justice for what they did to him and his family deserves closure and answers3”

Crawley said the family has received little information from investigators.

The Escambia County Sheriff’s Office tells us the case is still active and the investigator is speaking frequently with Jaheem’s father, most recently last week.

“We’re still waiting on the crime lab results and the social media results,” said Sgt. Melony Peterson said.

Durant played high school football for both the Northview Chiefs and the Flomaton Hurricanes.

At Northview, Durant was named 2nd Team Defensive End for the Florida 1A All-State football team. He was a member of Flomaton High School’s first state championship team.

Anyone with information is asked to call ECSO at (850) 436-9620 or Crime Stoppers at (850) 433-STOP.

First image below: Jaheem Durant gains yardage for the Northview Chiefs. NorthEscambia.com file photo, click to enlarge. Other photos above and below: Submitted photos of Jaheem Durant