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Missing teen's family, friends gather to publicize Duluth teen's disappearance

Family friend Cathie Timo (left) and Sly McCurry Jr.'s grandmother, Joan Durfee, both of Duluth, were among about 30 people attending a rally to remember McCurry on Sunday evening in front of the Stargate Nightclub in Superior. McCurry hasn't been seen since he left the nightclub four weeks ago. (Steve Kuchera /

Sly McCurry's mother said she wants the world to know she's not giving up on finding her son.

Tammy Carter and others of McCurry's family and friends gathered Sunday night at the Stargate Nightclub in Superior -- four weeks to the night that Sly disappeared without a trace.

"We're still looking for him. We're still trying to raise awareness that he's still missing and we still need help finding him," Carter said.

McCurry, 18, a Duluth East senior, was escorted out of the back door of the Stargate Nightclub at about 11 p.m. on Jan. 17. He

hasn't been seen since. McCurry and friends were attending a popular Sunday night no-alcohol teen dance at the club aimed at 16- to 20-year-olds.

A police dog traced his scent back to a motel McCurry had planned to stay at that night, but Sly never made it into the room. His friend said they had been drinking earlier, which is why bar officials said he was ejected from the club.

Police have had no major leads in the case.

Carter said she hopes also to raise awareness among teenagers to always travel with friends.

"We're trying to advocate safety for teenagers at these dance events. They need to look out for each other," she said.