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Body of slain airman returned to grieving Wilson community

Posted July 18, 2013

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— Friends, family and neighbors lined the streets of a Wilson neighborhood Thursday night to welcome home the body of a slain 19-year-old airman.

Shaquille Hargrove and another airman were shot when a fight erupted outside a club in Denver, Colo., on Sunday. Hargrove died at the hospital, and the other man was treated and released.

Police have not made any arrests in the shootings, but released a sketch Tuesday of a possible suspect.  

The community where Hargrove grew up was grieving Thursday as it prepared to lay him to rest.

"He's been a good kid since he was little. I had high hopes for him," said neighbor Pam Boykin. "It's just a shame that his life ended this soon."

"I just have to come show my support for the family," said friend Jakheya Hagans. "He was a good person. We went to school together. He was in JROTC."

Wilson airman People line Wilson streets for slain airman's somber homecoming

The desire to serve his country, cultivated at a young age when he joined JROTC, led him to the U.S. Air Force. Hargrove was an Airman 1st Class stationed at Buckley Air Force Base in Aurora, Colo., as a 2nd Space Warning Squadron satellite systems operator. He graduated from Wilson Fike High School in 2011.

He died one month before his 20th birthday.

"I wish I had been there that night to take that bullet for him," said Dustin Edwards, one of Hargrove's closest friends. "That man would do anything for anybody, no matter what. Everybody out here knew that, and that's why everybody is out here."

Hargrove's family will hold a remembrance service for him Saturday at 12 p.m. at L.N. Forbes Original Free Will Baptist Tabernacle in Wilson. A public visitation will be held Friday from 5 to 8 p.m. at Feel Free Church Ministries, at 3543 U.S. Highway 301 in Wilson.


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  • sweetlyght Jul 22, 2013

    nanny thank you for sharing

  • ncveteranswife Jul 19, 2013

    So sad...Prayers being sent to his family. Thank you soldier for your service to our Country...May you RIP

  • nanny Jul 19, 2013

    Final remainder of note:
    Bless where it came from and where it's going. Then I refocused on the procession which was almost ready to go to the Nash County line. I couldn't help but to thank God for that moment of seeing life taken and seeing life given. What a day, what a day. Hug someone tighter today, tell them you love them... We just never know.

  • nanny Jul 19, 2013

    Remainder of below:
    It came into our view and slowly made its way to our location; but only first going under a water cannon of two water trucks on opposite sides spraying the plane. It almost resembled tears that were all around me. The casket wrapped with the American Flag was lowered from the cargo area of the plane. A salute then took place as the casket was transferred over to the hearse. A short time later after watching the mother hug the casket containing her 19 year old son, we made our way to a long line of people holding the American Flag(s). While the mother and other family thanked the members on location, a plane landed right beside this building. And there, waiting to receive whatever this was being delivered was parked an ambulance, Duke Life Flight. Out rushed a person holding a box and gave it to the occupants of the ambulance. "Here's the heart" they cheered with tears on their face. I stopped, I prayed. I asked God to literally bless that heart. Bless where it came

  • nanny Jul 19, 2013

    My son was one of the deputy's that escorted the young man yesterday. He wrote the following:
    Honored and humbled:
    I was assigned a detail yesterday that had a large affect on me. As I walked down a long hallway at RDU Airport, in uniform, with a family who were strangers to me and military I had never met, people stared at us. We made our way to the terminal gate where Wendy from public relations made an announcement. Members from the USO and the Air Force Honor Guard stood beside this family. The mother held a dozen long stemmed roses with tears flowing from her face. "Would you please stand in honor of this family receiving their fallen loved Air Force Airman who is moments from arriving from Denver CO. He was only 19 years old when he was shot and his partner was critically injured" Wendy announced over the intercom. The entire room stood and not one word was spoken... Respect filled the terminal. The family, military, and I made our way out to the runway and awaited the airplane.

  • LuLu Too Jul 19, 2013

    Such a senselessly tragedy. Rest in Peace.

  • tiblet Jul 19, 2013

    so sad for this promising young man's life to be taken so senselessly

  • QueenBree Jul 19, 2013

    My condolences to the family. May this young Man Rest In Peace! This story had me in tears even though I do not know him or his family. He resembles my nephew who is in the Army stationed here in Fayetteville. God Bless Our Troops!

  • ytb781pearl Jul 19, 2013

    My heart aches for his family. Sounds like a very nice young man, doing what he believed in by serving our country. What a tragedy!

  • mgarules Jul 19, 2013

    Although I did not know this young man personally, his mother works with my husband. A truely remarkable family!! Our thoughts and prayers are with you. The Adams