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18-year-old killed in Smithfield shooting

Posted October 27, 2011

— An 18-year-old Clayton man who had been injured in a drive-by earlier this year was killed in a shooting in Smithfield early Thursday, police said.

Lt. R.K. Powell said that officers responding to calls about gunshots around 12:40 a.m. found Rasheive DaShawn Ray lying in the front yard of 413 Collier St. Ray was pronounced dead of a gunshot wound at the scene.

No arrests have been made.

Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call Smithfield police detectives at 919-934-2121 or the Tip Line at 919-989-8835.

In March, Ray was injured when, he told police, a man in a passing car opened fire at him as he was walking in the 800 block of East Main Street in Clayton.

He was convicted as an accessory to a January 2009 shooting outside Clayton High School, in which no one was injured.


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  • OHn8tive Oct 31, 2011

    I was devastated to hear this. I knew him when he was in elementary school. He was always polite, sweet, and caring. I am so sorry to hear that he did not get a better chance in his short life. He will be missed.

  • cindyceasidec4 Oct 28, 2011

    Having had the honor of knowing Rashieve, my heart is broken by the heartbreaking end of a young, tragic life. Rashieve will always hold a place in my heart for the person I knew on the inside. His beautiful smile, sensitivity, thoughtfullness and easy laughter made him an amazing young man. It is easy for society to judge others on outward appearances only, but if we as members of the community would take the time to look beyond the obvious perhaps devasting endings such as this would not happen.Young men such as Rashieve deserved better than our traditional parameters have to offer. Look closely at the individual, offer to help, teach them accountability and options, but don't throw them away. Rashieve paid for a long time for mistakes he made on his own and for the perceptions of a distorted society. Look closely world at this painful loss before you make the same mistake again. Shine on Blaze!

  • mrcloves10 Oct 28, 2011

    have a lot of respect for @ecugirl2006, @holy_holy, @bethechange1, and erinpaige1315 . don't speak badly about someone who is no longer with us.

  • ecugirl2006 Oct 28, 2011

    I personally did not know this young man. However, as a teacher some of my students were close friends or family members. He may have had his issues....we all do, but that doesn't mean he should have been killed. Instead of saying he deserved it, we as adults should use it as a teaching tool to help our students realize that demonstraing certain behaviors will eventually catch up with you. My heart broke yesterday for my students affected by this and it breaks my heart even more to hear others so quick to judge. We as adults, whether it be parents, teachers, counselors, whoever need to steer these kids in the right direction.

  • holy_holy Oct 27, 2011

    its a shame that some of ya'll are sitting here point out the bad of what he did. you dont know his life story, he had it very hard growing up... you shouldn't put your mouth on something that you dont know personally. He lost a lot of family previously, mainly his MOTHER! He could just have been acting out. this was a respectable young man that showed respect to his elders ALWAYS! Yeah maybe he didn't make some good decisions every time but you that is reading this haven't either. NO ONE IS PERFECT SO STOP JUDGING... if you comment it should only to say something respectable cause if you died the same way i dont think you would appreciate someone bringing up all the wrong that you have done. smh!!! RIP RASHEIVE i love you & look down on us and help us follow the path of christ as you did.

  • bethechange1 Oct 27, 2011

    It is very easy to sit, hidden by the computer, and pass judgement. Rashieve was an amazing young man. He was sensitive, thoughtful, and got dealt a tough hand in life. Many of the educators, community members, and students who knew him only knew him for a few months or years, but he will forever hold a place in their heart because of the person he was on the inside. Use this heartbreaking situation as an opportunity to reach out to one kid in our community. Someone who is headed down the wrong path, and see what change you can offer. These are amazing and talented students who have a lot to offer, but make a bad choice and pay for it forever.

  • erinpaige1315 Oct 27, 2011

    man rashieve was a good guy he made mistakes but that isnt a reason for someone to shoot and kill someone. he didnt deserve that. @mrcloves10 your right 100% people dont need to be putting their two sense in all the time. this is some crazy junk i still cant believe this is true.

  • mrcloves10 Oct 27, 2011

    I knew Rashieve, since about the 7th grade. He was a sweet guy. Yes, he made some bad decisions in life, who hasn't? Anyone saying that God made this decision because he was needed in heaven, needs to get it together & realize that God doesn't cause people to kill others. No, it is not a race issue. No it's not because your poor or rich. Rich kids can have problems like this too. I am disgusted with the people who are saying that he got what he deserved. NO ONE deserves to get shot and die. Everyone has a past, unless you want people judging you by yours, don't judge him by his.

  • football1 Oct 27, 2011

    The saddest part isn't even in this article. The saddest part is he has a son on the way. Yet another fatherless child in America...

  • under the radar Oct 27, 2011

    I knew this kid as well and I will miss his smile and his quiet ways. At one point in his life, 7th grade, he had a lot of people who cared about him, supported him, worked with him. He came to school everyday, he stayed after school, he struggled and succeeded. He EARNED A's and B's. He made a very bad choice and because of the system we have set up- he was thrown away. People still struggled to help him, but choices became more and more limited due to his choices and others. I am haunted by the thought that I could have done more and that he will never get the chance to know what he could've done. I'm sorry Rasheive.