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Goldsboro teen shot, beaten, burned, buried

Posted February 5, 2013

— A Goldsboro teen who police say was kidnapped last year died of two gunshot wounds to the upper left chest, according to an autopsy report released Tuesday.

The body of Kennedy Fitzgerald McLaurin Jr., 16, was found Sept. 22 on a farm about 30 minutes east of Goldsboro, less than two weeks after the teen was kidnapped near his home in the Woodcrest Housing Community.

Leonard Eugene Joyner, 21, Jerome Jilah Butts, 19, Kevin Edward Smith, 18, and Curtis Etheridge, 17, all of Goldsboro, each face murder charges in the case.

According to the autopsy report, McLaurin was shot, beaten on the head with a shovel, burned, buried and then dug up a day later and re-buried.

Goldsboro police have not commented on a motive but have said the crime was neither gang-related nor random.

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  • 82d Airborne Feb 15, 8:51 a.m.

    This is what entitlements do! As soon as people realize that you CANNOT live off of food stamps, the sooner we can fix this with JOBS, these kids grow up seeing their parents living off of the government and they see how HARD it is to just plain survive, they figure there is no way out of the HELL they live in because most that live under these conditions live in the worst places of any state in the nation, they will look for a way out and for most it is not work, it is not any job because how many jobs are available in Goldsboro that will take a family out of the hood? NONE for a young person that is literally fighting for life by the time they are 10, the ONLY way in their eyes is to grab a weapon and "GET MINE", it is what drives a good young man to kill a dealer, "I need to eat" is why the dead youngster was dealing, the government CANNOT give anyone the life they see on TV, so kids will go out and "GET MINE"! or wait for stamps and live without the Lexus, which would you choose?

  • 4Strikes Feb 6, 2:20 p.m.

    "Who sold these men and kids their weapons?? More evidence that ALL guns should be traceable back to their original owners who should also be held responsible for this murder." peace2u

    Yes, and they should do the same for cars also. If your car is stolen and used in a vehicular homicide, or as a getaway car in a bank robbery, you should be held responsible for those crimes. Even if you sell it to someone and a few years later, that person sells it to some criminal, you are still responsible because you should not have bought that car in the first place. The car dealers also should bear some of the burden. The madness has to stop.

  • Bartmeister Feb 6, 1:59 p.m.

    Who sold these men and kids their weapons?? More evidence that ALL guns should be traceable back to their original owners who should also be held responsible for this murder. peace2u

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    Kidding or just delusional? You gonna hold an innocent, law abiding citizen responsible for a crime that takes place 3 sellers down the line? Even the most recent seller if everything was legal and above board? You're not helping, trying............. but not helping.

  • Bartmeister Feb 6, 1:55 p.m.

    He died of two gunshot wounds to the upper left chest, that was not an accident, so the theory of the gun going off by mistake may be slightly off.

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    BUT the theory of the gun being used by a bad guy still stands, cause the gun didn't do it by itself now did it?

  • whereismychange Feb 6, 11:58 a.m.

    He died of two gunshot wounds to the upper left chest, that was not an accident, so the theory of the gun going off by mistake may be slightly off.

  • CharmedLife Feb 6, 11:33 a.m.

    The 3 boys were spotted the day before out in Seven Springs in the area where the body was found. It seems as if they already knew what was going to happen and were hunting a place to dispose of the body.

  • Pepe Silvia Feb 6, 11:04 a.m.

    "Why would they kill him and then bury him and then dig him up? What was the point of that?" - ellengraham5660

    My guess is panic... They may have buried him quickly after killing him and then worried that the body would be too easily found so they went back to move it to a place that they thought would be harder to find.

  • Really8745 Feb 6, 10:54 a.m.

    Who sold these men and kids their weapons?? More evidence that ALL guns should be traceable back to their original owners who should also be held responsible for this murder.

    Where did you see that they bought the gun? Is it possible that it could have been stolen??? I think it is!

  • peace2u Feb 6, 10:40 a.m.

    This happened about 4 miles from where my family farm is. Word around town about him being beaten and burned was true so I'll assume the rest of the word is too. It was over 800 dollars worth a drugs. They were trying to rob him, the gun went off by accident, they paniced and tried to hide and make the body unidentifiable. Goldsboro, as well as youth in general are headed down a dark path.
    WageSlave
    February 6, 2013 8:17 a.m.
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    Your explanation makes a lot of sense; thanks for taking the time to share.

  • peace2u Feb 6, 10:33 a.m.

    Who sold these men and kids their weapons?? More evidence that ALL guns should be traceable back to their original owners who should also be held responsible for this murder.

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