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Guilt, anger flare when alleged killer has day in court

Posted November 5, 2015

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— Emotions ran high – from anger to guilt – among those in the gallery for the first court appearance of a man accused of rape, assault and murder in an August crime spree.

Kendrick Gregory, 21, was under heavy guard Thursday in a Wake County courtroom.

"All I know is a very good friend of mine was killed. That's all I care about," said Stephen McNair.

McNair was present because he was friends with Tom Durand, owner of Mr. Pawn on Raleigh's Capital Boulevard, whom authorities say Gregory shot and killed.

"I don't care about what happens to him," McNair said of Gregory.

A young woman who met Gregory weeks before his alleged crime spree expressed a different emotion.

"I felt a little twinge of guilt," Aaliyah Blaylock said. "He was in my presence, and maybe there was something I could have done more that day to help him."

Blaylock said Gregory told her that he was dealing with mental illness but could not afford treatment.

"Even the way he was walking and carrying himself, I knew something was wrong with him," she said.

"He asked me to pray for him, and I prayed for him."

Blaylock said she urged Gregory to go to the hospital and later learned of his arrest when she saw his mug shot on the news.

Gregory fled North Carolina and was arrested in New York in September after a massive manhunt. He was charged there with stealing a car and having a loaded weapon in that car.

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  • Sean Creasy Nov 6, 2015
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    That's not a tree.. He's emulating his favorite T.V. character... Side Show Bob from The Simpsons!!!

  • Jim Hinnant Nov 6, 2015
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    Great news reporting.

  • Corey Taft Nov 6, 2015
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    He asked the woman for help, when he was concerned. He must have thought he could trust her and what does she do? Pray. You can bash people for claiming mental health afterwards, but when people ask for help and are ignored, then you have to blame people for not taking action.

  • Cabe Merritt Nov 6, 2015
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    Death penalty swiftly please. Mental health is no excuse for what he did.

  • Arron Lee Nov 6, 2015
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    I guess I would be disturbed if I had a tree growing out of my head.

  • Sonja Yagel Nov 6, 2015
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    If you claim mental health problems it may keep you from being convicted. It used to be bad childhood until it was worn out, now its mental health problems. The problem at the core of this is sin in the heart and it comes out in their actions.

  • Sean Creasy Nov 6, 2015
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    Why is mental health problems the blame all in today's society? He killed people so automatically people say he has mental health issues? Of course he does!! No person in their right mind goes on a killing, robbing, and raping spree... I think his mental illness is that he thought he could do what ever he wanted and there would be no punishment for it.. Well welcome to your reality check buddy!! Mental illness is getting to be another worn out excuse to commit crimes in the US just like "broken household" or "dysfunctional childhood" have been abused in the past.. Just another excuse that criminals use so they don't have to accept the responsibility for their actions...

  • Corey Taft Nov 6, 2015
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    So he asked for help with his mental health and instead of giving him such help, she prayed for him. We need to realize prayer is not help, its wishing and hoping and that doesn't always work and because of that, he was allowed to wander the area without help. Prayer may help YOU feel better, but it is no help to the rest of us, who needed someone to take action on a person, who was obviously sick.

  • Cory Steffen Nov 6, 2015
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    He looks like a black q-tip. LoL Prosecutors will seek the death penalty. Good.

  • Wayne Douglas III Nov 5, 2015
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    Who came up with that hairdo?