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Dozens march for slain Rocky Mount teen

Posted January 20, 2014

— At the street corner where bullets ended a 15-year-old’s life, residents hope it will be the same spot where things start to change.

It was at the corner of East Highland Avenue and Woodland Avenue where Brian Freeman was shot and killed on Friday.

Brian was walking with a friend when a car pulled alongside the 15-year-old and shots were fired, said his aunt, Gloria Deans.

“It is just terrible when a child can’t walk home safely,” she said. “It is awful. It should not be that way. No child deserves to die like that.”

Dozens gathered and marched to that street corner on Monday, outraged over what happened here days ago.

“Ask for help, there are programs to get your kids out of gangs,” said LaTonya Sharpe, who organized the march. “You cannot let these people have your children or we will be back here again.”

Investigators have not said whether the shooting was gang related, but many believe it was.

Those who marched carried signs. They invited neighbors to join as they walked. Many did.

They shouted for an end to the violence.

“This child here, this did not have to happen,” Sharpe said.

Robert Freeman was among those who walked. A cousin of Brian, he had a message for those causing trouble.

“Stop being stupid,” he said. “Act like you have sense. Go do something positive with your life and stop shooting people.”


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  • Vote for Pedro Jan 21, 2014

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    It had a significant impact on the course of the Vietnam war and civil rights.

  • peppercorns Jan 21, 2014

    Parents need to take charge of their kids, not just expect others to do it. Keeping your kids out of gangs and away from a bad element, begins at home.

  • Ijaz Fahted Jan 21, 2014

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    If you guys hate WRAL so much, why do you continue to come and comment?

  • ecu4me2 Jan 21, 2014

    These people are marching for the right reason...people in Durham could learn from these parents......

  • disgusted2010 Jan 21, 2014

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    You are correct, but I am surprised that WRAL's PC Censors allowed it to be posted.

  • cbuckyoung Jan 21, 2014

    You will write this story. But, when the killer is caught and sentenced, you will write about his low IQ, or hard life, or some other excuse for him/her NOT to receive justice.

  • cinnamon16 Jan 21, 2014

    I, as a kid walked all over Rocky Mount with out any fear for my life and that was in all communities. I knew if I needed help anyone would be willing to help me. I would love to see the city of Rocky Mount get back to that. No one deserves to be shot down in the street.

  • mafiamic Jan 21, 2014

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    You beat me to it.We have seen many times in many cities and even here,that marches or rallies don't change a thing.People protest about crime and violence to bring awareness to the situation but there is still and always will be crime and violence at all ages.
    People are already aware of the violence,it's time for the people to do something instead of marching for someone else to do it.Take a child and show them what they have been lacking,Love,care,feeling wanted,and yes discipline in a non physical way.
    Since the rally march in Durham has brought only violence are people sure that is how to go about doing it?

  • fishon Jan 21, 2014

    Walking with signs won't change a thing.