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Authorities positively ID body of slain Goldsboro teen

Posted November 8, 2012

— Goldsboro police on Thursday confirmed that the body found buried on a remote farm near Seven Springs in September was that of Kennedy McLaurin Jr., a teen kidnapped by four men Sept. 9.

The remains were positively identified using DNA testing, Goldsboro police said. The autopsy report remains with the State Medical Examiner's Office in Chapel Hill. 

Four men who police believe abducted McLaurin from Bain Street have been charged with murder in the case. 

Police arrested Leonard Eugene Joyner, 21, Jerome Jilah Butts, 19, Kevin Edward Smith, 18, and Curtis Etheridge, 17, all of Goldsboro, in late September. All four men are being held in the Wayne County jail without bond. 

Investigators have not released the cause or circumstances surrounding McLaurin's death but have said that the crime was neither random nor gang-related.


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  • emprezzinez Nov 9, 2012

    I am glad the people responsible have been caught and that atleast his family atleast knows that much. This is sick...I can only pray that justice is served.

  • kbird Nov 8, 2012

    Sure it wasn't gang related....wake up people, four or five men attacking and killing one person is a gang. It's the pack mentality. Maybe they weren't official members of a gang but they were their own gang. Goldsboro has a problem and appears to be in serious denial, SERIOUS! This is so sad and I am very sorry for his family!!

  • AX MAN Nov 8, 2012

    WOW...Speedy results...Goldsboro CSI

  • killing_me_softly Nov 8, 2012

    By the way, I am sickened over this and and how criminals behave. The streets.

  • justafella Nov 8, 2012

    Condolences to his family and friends.

  • freedomrings Nov 8, 2012

    Heartfelt prayers sent to his family. And ultimate justice.

  • Worland Nov 8, 2012

    He wasn't murdered over drugs. This was revenge. He was dismembered, which is why the DNA testing took so very long.

  • NotUrTypicalAmerican Nov 8, 2012

    All of them need life in prison. Bread and water forever.

  • Whatever Geez Nov 8, 2012

    yes Welfarequeen, I agree with fiestyredhead. People get too many slaps on the wrist, there is absolutely NO respect when it comes to the law, this is a good example of it. If he died this horrible death over that much marijuana then yes, something needs to be done to show others to re-think their actions. Oh well.

  • fishon Nov 8, 2012

    2 ounces of Marijuana. I mean...that is less than 1000 bucks...

    So just how much does the average marijuana "cigarette" use. I don't use either but I would be interested in a comparison with a regular cigarette.