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Man, 20, shot to death in Benson

Posted January 21, 2011

— A 20-year-old man was shot and killed in Benson Thursday night, and police have a suspect in custody. 

Montay Lashawn Murphy was shot three times in the torso and was pronounced dead at Johnston Memorial Hospital in Smithfield, according to police.

Authorities have not released the suspect's name or a possible motive for the shooting.

The shooting happened around 9 p.m. at the Coats Circle Apartment Complex off North Honeycutt Street. 

“Events of this nature are shocking to a community like Benson. Our thoughts are with the family and friends of the victim," Town Manager Matt Zapp said in a statement. "The Benson Police Department responded immediately to the call and are working diligently to locate any and all parties involved in this case."

Anyone with information is asked to call Benson police at 919-894-2901. 

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  • krazykristie06 Jan 21, 4:21 p.m.

    ABC 11 has the updated story with names!!

  • wildcat Jan 21, 1:11 p.m.

    The new year has barely started and people especially the young continue to shoot and kill each other. Just pray for all the young people that they will listen to the adults or parents for once in their life. If you do the crime, then they should know they will do the time when caught.

  • imsosorry Jan 21, 12:50 p.m.

    WOW !!! Legalize all drugs..... what is this world coming to ? That line should not have made it through the censors.

  • EyesintheSkies Jan 21, 12:19 p.m.

    "By poor choices I assume you mean involved with drugs. When you prohibit things people can no longer have safe business transactions and people have to take things into their own hands and you end up with people shot. Maybe this had to do with something else but if you legalize all drugs the gangs and gang voilence disappear overnight. Look what happened with prohibition."

    Any chance you have evolved far enough to walk upright?

  • godnessgracious Jan 21, 11:39 a.m.

    I understand the loss of a child is difficult, but I also understand that most of these circumstances with juvenile/young adults being shot is related to making poor choices!

    By poor choices I assume you mean involved with drugs. When you prohibit things people can no longer have safe business transactions and people have to take things into their own hands and you end up with people shot. Maybe this had to do with something else but if you legalize all drugs the gangs and gang voilence disappear overnight. Look what happened with prohibition.

  • dcblackburn1963 Jan 21, 10:41 a.m.

    prayers for the families. sorry to say...but MORE to the story concerning the victim!

  • NoObamaCare Jan 21, 10:39 a.m.

    I understand the loss of a child is difficult, but I also understand that most of these circumstances with juvenile/young adults being shot is related to making poor choices!

  • Twittyfan Jan 21, 10:28 a.m.

    How sad at such a young age to die like that.. CWilliams1639 they are usually the ones that end up being innocent and losing their life.. God Bless this family.. I don't care if it is drug or gang related losing a child is something you will never get over.. A mom and dad are mourning the loss of a child..

  • CWILLIAMS1639 Jan 21, 9:18 a.m.

    This was a kind boy who always sad yes ma'm and no ma'm he was shot on his front porch and noone should die like that. He will be missed by so many that knew him. Hope they catch everyone involved and give them more than 5yrs like they do for most black on black crime in joco.

  • NoObamaCare Jan 21, 8:59 a.m.

    Gang related or drug related?