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Franklinton High School student, 28-year-old killed in Franklin County shooting

Posted September 4
Updated September 5

— Two people, including a Franklinton High School student, were killed following a shooting at a Franklin County home Monday evening.

Authorities said the incident at a home at 154 Marlless Drive started as a fight between three men who knew each other and had a bad history.

Demarius Barnes, 17, was pronounced dead at the scene and Montral Kearney, 28, died on the way to the hospital.

Authorities identified Charles Devante Perry-Pender as a person of interest in Kearney's death.

Charles Perry-Pender

Bonita Brooks said she knew both Barnes and Kearney well and that one of the men had recently visited her house.

“I was at work but he’s also really good friends with my boyfriend, so we were going to hang out and cookout and everything today and I get a call from work and he was like ‘he was gone’”, Brooks said..

Franklin County Schools said Monday that additional counselors will be present throughout the district on Tuesday to help students cope with the loss.

"The loss of a young life is indescribable. The district wishes to express its condolences to the family as they try to come to terms with today's incident," district officials said in a statement. "Franklin County Schools will do everything possible to support them and the school community during this tragedy."

 Demarius Barnes

Friends and family members said they believe the fatal shooting could have been avoided.

"I just feel like there's too much hatred in the world. I just feel like if everybody could come as one and talk it out, it would be much better instead of taking out guns and stuff all the time," Brooks said.

Deputies are searching for Perry-Pender, who is considered armed and dangerous, and said he will be charged with murder.

Anybody with information is asked to call the Franklin County Sheriff's Office at 919-340-4312.

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  • Jerry Sawyer Sep 5, 7:42 p.m.
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    He must be from Durham.