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Bystander shot in Zebulon fight dies

Posted February 7, 2011

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— A bystander who was shot during a fight in Zebulon late Thursday has died, police said Monday.

Jonathan Trevon Smith, 19, died Sunday evening at WakeMed, Zebulon Police Chief Timothy Hayworth said.

Police said Alonza Jamal Hunter and Jomiya Gabrielle Beckwith had an altercation outside Smith's home, at 712 Shepard School Road, when Hunter pulled out a gun and started firing. One shot hit Smith, who was sitting in a car outside the house, in the head, police said.

Hunter, 21, of 6470 Winters Road in Middlesex, was initially charged with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill in the case, but police have upgraded the charge to first-degree murder. They also have charged Beckwith, 19, of 1225 Pampass Drive in Zebulon, with first-degree murder in the case.

Both were being held without bond Monday in the Wake County jail.

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  • trianglerelic Feb 7, 2011

    The rule is "Never Point a Gun at anything you don't intend to Destroy"... In my view, anyone that uses a gun in a crime needs to do life in prison. Set tougher laws for CRIMINALS, not law abiding gun owners...

  • wildcat Feb 7, 2011

    WHERE ARE THE RECENT COMMITTS? SOMEONE IS VERY VERY SLOW IN MAKING THEM PUBLIC. I CAN DO BETTER.

  • wildcat Feb 7, 2011

    Ladies be very careful in the man you choose to bring into your life. He could be dangerous trouble and caused you to be in serious trouble even going to prison. Ask yourself: Is he really worth my time? Is he always in the trouble with the law? Do he even have an 8 hour job? Is he controlling? There are many other question and only you can answer them.

  • GetRight Feb 7, 2011

    RB-1 Check out this video. I think you'll like it. ;o)

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N4vf8N6GpdM

  • GetRight Feb 7, 2011

    " 'They also have charged Beckwith, 19, of 1225 Pampass Drive in Zebulon, with first-degree murder in the case.'

    The girl should not be charged with murder. She had not gun and did not shoot anyone. The law is corrupt on this one. Only the man who pulled the gun and shot the innocent by-stander should be charge." -wildcat

    There is a law on the books in some states (not sure about NC) that says that if 2 (or more) people commit a crime (usually robbery) and one of the perps kills someone in the act, that both perps are liable for the same murder charge, even though only one had the gun. I imagine that, in an effort to nail these scumbags, the prosecutors are throwing everything at them possible. Not necessarily a "corrupt" thing to do.

  • GetRight Feb 7, 2011

    "Guns make it us more safe when everyone has one. When only the criminal has one - Everyone is at an unsafe disadvantage." TheAdmiral

    While this statement may sound ludicrous to the common liberal it is a realistic statement. The Liberal would argue that we can make more laws and charge taxes, tariffs, fees and penalties on guns so that no one will have them anymore. That's a fine idea except for the fact that it will not only create no impedance to the black market supply but rather increase the demand. The increase would be in the criminal community because responsible, law-abiding fathers & mothers, husbands & wives, etc who want to protect ourselves and those for whom we are responsible would then have to engage in criminal activity by buying bootlegged guns. Criminals are not afraid to whip out a gun in most cases because the odds of being confronted by a law-abiding, gun-toting citizen is fairly slim.

  • RB-1 Feb 7, 2011

    "One shot hit Smith, who was sitting in a car outside the house, in the head, police said."

    Lord, who writes these things??? It sounds like only his head was sitting in a car outside the house.

  • wildcat Feb 7, 2011

    They also have charged Beckwith, 19, of 1225 Pampass Drive in Zebulon, with first-degree murder in the case.

    The girl should not be charged with murder. She had not gun and did not shoot anyone. The law is corrupt on this one. Only the man who pulled the gun and shot the innocent by-stander should be charge.

  • debnamdavis Feb 7, 2011

    RIP, it is sad and these young men should learn that a bullet has no ones name on it. Its not right it could have been anyone but it was him, we can only learn from this point and let his death save another by making better choices in life and not hurt another family like this one, not only Johnathan but Jomiya & Alonzo's family too. Young people, violence isnt the answer. I will pray all families that are impacted from this tragedy, especially the death.

  • CarolinaGirlRJA Feb 7, 2011

    Uh -- guns are NOT more safe when everyone has one. There are plenty of people I'd be afraid of if they had a gun in their posession; Even if I had one myself. I believe in the right to own a firearm. But I also believe that with rights, come responsibility. If somebody is going to purchase a firearm, they should know how and when it is appropriate to use one. Unfortunately, that is not that case and never will be. Again, I was at WakeMed in the ICU waiting room along with the family of this victim, and I hope people don't start sterotyping because of the circumstances of this event because they will just be wrong. Losing his life was unjust, and the sorry excuse of a person who opened fire needs help because he has serious problems. No matter the convenience or relieving feeling you may get, violence is NEVER the answer.

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