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Fayetteville shooting victim, 18, dies

Posted July 3, 2011

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— An 18-year-old man who was shot in the head early Saturday morning in Fayetteville has died, police said.

William Trower, a recent graduate of Pine Forest High School, was found with a gunshot wound to the head by officers responding to a wreck on Raeford Road. He was taken to Cape Fear Valley Hospital and was later transported to UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill, where he died Sunday.

No one has been charged and the investigation is ongoing. Police are trying to determine whether Trower's death is related to a shooting on the same block about 15 minutes earlier.

In that incident, officers were called to a shooting at 6323 Raeford Road, but when they arrived, the victim had already driven himself to Cape Fear Valley Hospital. Joseph Cason, 17, was treated for a gunshot wound to the leg and released.

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  • mallrutz Jul 5, 2011

    Well at least WRAL informed us that the young man had died, ABC11 shows him still in critical condition.

  • jaecee452 Jul 4, 2011

    Thanks again WRAL for the nebulous information. Was he IN the accident the police responded to? Yes, No, maybe? WRAL, will you follow up on this story so we all don't go around scratching our collective heads?

    It doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure that one out...The police responded to an accident and found him to have been shot in the head..All it take is reasonable deduction...

  • jsok123 Jul 4, 2011

    Thanks again WRAL for the nebulous information.
    Was he IN the accident the police responded to? Yes, No, maybe?
    WRAL, will you follow up on this story so we all don't go around scratching our collective heads?

  • Viewer Jul 4, 2011

    The young man died in a hospital, that sounds to me like there are plenty of Americans who are not barbarians.

    We are not perfect, but certainly our population has it better than most of the other peoples of the world.

  • dynomuttz Jul 4, 2011

    The roots of American culture are "barbaric." Sad, but true. We are an amalgamation of many diverse and dynamic cultures. Tune in to your local, state and national news to witness cultural, ideological and political "barbarianism." It is asinine to assign blame to individual "cultures." Happy 235th, America. Much like family, we love you, even at your worst.

    As to the family of Young Mr. Trower, may God bless you and provide comfort to you during this time. My family will be holding you in our prayers. God Bless your family, community, and our country.

  • Crankyone Jul 4, 2011

    The barbarianism of cultures affecting American culture is appalling on this our 235th birthday as a country. For the people who take another person's life for a little bit of money, drugs or street "cred," you are less than human and should be removed from society if you place so little value on human life. This barbaric, uncivilized attitude is just as dangerous to America's survival as illegal immigration and the war on terror.

  • fayelcox Jul 4, 2011

    May God give his family courage, comfort, strength and wrap his loving arms around each of them.