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Autopsy: Spring Lake teen shot in back

Posted October 30, 2011

— A Spring Lake teenager, whom two Fort Bragg soldiers are accused of killing, was shot three times in the back and once in the stomach, according to an autopsy released Thursday.

Vincent Carlisle Jr., 17, was shot once in the upper back, twice in the buttocks and once in the stomach, the autopsy found.

Pvt. Sebastian Gamez and Spc. Christopher Blackett, both 20, face first-degree murder charges in Carlisle's death. They have been denied bond.

Carlisle's family reported him missing after he left home Aug. 14 and didn't return. Deputies found his body four days later in some woods off Shady Grove Road in Harnett County.

Investigators have also accused Gamez and Blackett of dumping Carlisle's body, but they haven't said what led them to the two soldiers or what a possible motive might have been.

Gamez and Blackett were neighbors of Carlisle, his parents and grandparents. Carlisle's grandmother said the three sometimes played basketball together, but she didn't know how well they knew each other.

Carlisle had transferred to Johnathan's House Christian School in Fuquay-Varina after attending Overhills High School in Spring Lake.

Gamez, of Hidalgo, Texas, and Blackett, of Vista, Calif., joined the Army in 2009 and were motor transport operators in the 82nd Airborne Division. Neither has deployed overseas.


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  • chelseab1103 Nov 4, 2011

    Liltee215 I take that very offensively. I went to overhills all 4 years of high school, nothing like this every happend nor did students fight everyday, your comment is a little extreme and you cannot blame the school for this, nor can you say a lot of students want nothing but a minimum paying job. There are students like that in nearly all schools. I myself know plenty of what you might consider "bad" kids who have gone to college gotten their degrees or have joined the military and are doing very well. So before you go around making nasty comments on my school hold your tounge. You said you are not saying overhills is a bad school but clearly you made it out to be a terrible school.

  • liltee215 Nov 4, 2011

    Yea Fayncmike. I can personally say, I don't blame him for wanting to go so far. Alot of the guys that go to Overhills are about nothing but fighting everday and if you their friend you got to be down with all their nonesense or your their next target. Not saying Overhills is a bad school but alot of the students that go there don't want nothing in life but a min. wage job and a bag of bullets. I'm proud that he stepped up to do bigger things, sick that his life was taken.

  • fayncmike Nov 2, 2011

    "when is the whole story going to come out? its been months!

    It's a secret conspiracy:)

  • buildaheaven Nov 2, 2011

    when is the whole story going to come out? its been months!

  • smalldogsrule Oct 31, 2011

    As I have said in the past, you all will be shocked when the whole story comes out.

    No I can not tell you what I know, I like my job, but there is a lot there.

    I am very disappointed in a lot of "soldiers" these days.

  • csw Oct 31, 2011

    May the young man rest in peace. It just proves it was a couple of cowards that killed him. Shooting a person in the back. If they are guilty, I hope the get the punishment they deserve.

  • fayncmike Oct 31, 2011

    "Well certainly don't sound like no accident.

    Yes, well one is rarely shot four times accidentally. I wouldn't call it a wild leap to suspect foul play.

  • paddie Oct 31, 2011

    fayncmike...from what I've read, he and his family wanted him to be in a more "educational friendly" atmosphere. Evidently the philosophy of his "friends" from Overhills was that getting an education was NOT COOL. Between that and the area gang activity they believed things would be better for him elsewhere.

  • Rebelyell55 Oct 31, 2011

    Well certainly don't sound like no accident.

  • fayncmike Oct 31, 2011

    "Carlisle had transferred to Johnathan's House Christian School in Fuquay-Varina after attending Overhills High School in Spring Lake."

    One wonders why the transfer, especially to such a distant school.