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Family brawl lands Raleigh man in jail, woman in hospital

Posted December 17, 2015

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— A Raleigh man charged with attacking his girlfriend Wednesday and then shooting her aunt told a judge Thursday that he just wants to be out of jail in time to spend Christmas with his two children.

Jaquan Deandre Avery-Kennedy, 21, was charged with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury, assault on a female and battery of an unborn child. His bond was set at $250,000.

Wake County Assistant District Attorney Anna Davis said Avery-Kennedy punched and hit Diarra Patterson outside his mother's home, at 7040 Barlows Knoll St. Patterson, 21, is seven months pregnant with Avery-Kennedy's child.

During the altercation, Patterson's aunt, Torri Boyd, tried to intervene and help her niece, but Avery-Kennedy shot her in the neck, the prosecutor said.

But Avery-Kennedy's mother provided a different version of the events. She said her son and Patterson have been staying at her home with their children, ages 4 and 1, and got into a fight, and Patterson called her aunt for back-up.

Boyd, 38, then showed up at the house with other family members, and she and Patterson then attacked Avery-Kennedy, according to Sharon Avery. The two women were on top of Avery-Kennedy, and he was yelling for them to stop hitting him, his mother said.

"They stopped tussling, and (Boyd) came back at him again, and that's when the gun just went off and just shot her," Avery said. "I ran to my truck. I got a towel, put it up under her. I was just praying the whole time that she would make it. My son didn't mean to do this. He has a mental illness."

A witness who asked not to be identified said she ran to Boyd's aid, putting pressure on her wound until paramedics arrived.

"In the midst of holding pressure, I was talking to her and praying and asking God to spare her life. Let this be a lesson and not the end for her," the witness said.

Patterson was treated at WakeMed and released, while Boyd was listed in good condition Thursday at the hospital.

"I am sorry for the victim, what happened. I'm just glad she made it," Avery said. "I just want help for my son and see my grandkids be put somewhere safe and where I know they're safe."

Davis said Avery-Kennedy has previous convictions for assault, discharging a firearm into an occupied dwelling and felony possession of a handgun. A 2014 charge of assaulting Patterson was dismissed, the prosecutor said, and he has a pending charge of threatening his mother.


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  • Dale Dyson Dec 18, 2015
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    I was across the street when this happened. I had just got home and when I got out of my truck, I saw a bunch of people arguing but no one being struck. I turned around to go to my garage and before I took 3 steps, I hear the gunshot. I immediately called 911. Unfortunately, I had my back turned so I did not see the shooting. Do not see how anyone could have been on the ground being beat, get up, walk away, get attacked again and then shoot while I was taking 3 steps. Raleigh PD has been to this house at least 4 times since they moved in. Time for them to find somewhere else to live.

  • Bobby Caudle Dec 18, 2015
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    bs, if he gets out of jail. he is just p___k!

  • Sean Creasy Dec 18, 2015
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    "They stopped tussling, and (Boyd) came back at him again, and that's when the gun just went off and just shot her," Avery said. "I ran to my truck. I got a towel, put it up under her. I was just praying the whole time that she would make it. My son didn't mean to do this. He has a mental illness."
    Read more at http://www.wral.com/family-brawl-lands-raleigh-man-in-jail-woman-in-hospital/15183516/#Jdyk2d0ce4MxQHYx.99.......... Always some excuse instead of taking responsibility for their actions... It is never the shooter's fault!! It was the gun!!! And why it is always a 'mental health' issue?

  • Norman Lewis Dec 18, 2015
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    Well "Jaquan", you have likely ended your plans to be with your "family" at Christmas, of course, if you actually WAS concerned about being with your family and no,not your gang family, you would not have been disrespectful toward your real family that actually may care about you.

  • Barbara Sossomon Dec 17, 2015
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    I would suspect that the answer to this is YOU and I!

  • Ikaika Badua Dec 17, 2015
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    I agree Lynn. He also has previous gun related charges so this doesnt surprise me. You are not a man if you need a gun to defend yourself against women. Man up, go to prison like you deserve and grow up. You get no pity from me and he shouldnt get it from anyone.

  • Lynn Brearley Dec 17, 2015
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    Ummm maybe he should have thought about a family Christmas before doing what he did?

  • BigWillie Johnson Dec 17, 2015
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    Uh, Jerry from personal experience I can tell you that the Wake County DA's perjure themselves on a daily basis. There is a very thin, blue line in the Wake County courtroom. So do not expect the accused to exhibit a different behavior than the court officers. It is exceptional naievte to expect otherwise.

  • Jerry Powell Dec 17, 2015
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    I wish for once, just once that when a momma gets up on the stand and lies for her child, that they would put her in jail for perjury.
    One second thought, this happens every single day in court. Just one a week and put their picture in the media may curtail it. I have seen a mother get up on the stand and testilie, then be impeached by officers testimony AND VIDEO, plus the written statement that she made and the DA still won't touch them, even after the judge asks the DA if they are going to do anything and they say no. Then they may get a scolding from the judge, maybe.

  • LetsBeFair Dec 17, 2015

    Its really sad. This kid, if he does have a mental issue, is now in deep deep trouble. It seems easy to just judge them from afar (me too) ... but the complexity to deal with it all are certainly a burden no one should have to bear, Hopefully they can find a way through all this. what a mess.