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Four appear in court in connection with Raleigh man's shooting death

Posted January 6

— Four men made their first court appearance Monday in connection with the weekend shooting death of a Raleigh man.

Ussef Kamara, 21, Troy Michael Williamson, 22, Luis Herrera, 21, and Raheem Crossley, 23, each face a charge of murder in connection with the death of Joshua Ramone Smith.

Smith, 21, was shot outside a vacant business at 7000 Glenwood Ave. Saturday night and was taken by a friend to a nearby Burger King, police said. He later died at WakeMed.

Investigators said the shooting was not random but have not offered a motive for the crime.

Smith was a graduate of Clinton High School in Clinton and had moved to Raleigh.

According to the North Carolina Department of Public Safety, Kamara has been convicted on three drug charges and, at the time of his arrest, was on probation after being convicted in June on a charge of possession of a scheduled substance.

Herrera, Crossley and Williamson have no court record.

Friends of Williamson, a former Leesville Road High School basketball player and a current student at Wake Technical Community College, say they are stunned by his arrest.

"Troy is a good guy. Troy would never do anything like this," said friend Preston Whittington.

"This is very out of character for him, and I would hope the public would not rush to judgment and give the judicial process a chance to run its course," Willamson's attorney, Alton Williams, said.

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