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Man critically injured while trying to break up Smithfield fight

Posted February 4, 2013

— A man who tried to break up a fight outside a Smithfield business early Saturday remains on life support at WakeMed in Raleigh, authorities said Monday.

Gerald Luther Burton Jr., 38, was knocked to the pavement as he tried to intervene in a fight outside Hookah House, a coffeehouse and smoking establishment at 181 Venture Drive, authorities said.

Trenton Kyle Hensley, 19, of Old Beulah Road in Kenly, was charged with felony assault inflicting serious bodily injury.

Authorities said the case remains under investigation.


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  • RM24 Feb 5, 3:06 p.m.

    Sounds like MURDER charges to be filed now!

  • Greyhound_Girl Feb 5, 2:06 p.m.

    Jerry has passed on...RIP big guy...

  • RM24 Feb 5, 9:49 a.m.

    Just Google search his name. I think 4 seperate arrest since 2010? Ranging from drugs to B&E. WRAL does not need to drop this story. Lots to be found here with a little research. Its time for people like this to stay behind bars! And a drug user at the Hookah Bar. Imagine that? Who would have thought such might be going on there?

  • RM24 Feb 5, 9:37 a.m.

    Do not feel sorry for this "kid"! He has had plenty of run ins with the law. Do a little research into his back ground, He's not been out of jail long on other charges. The groupo he runs with are some of the worst in Johnston Co. If this man dies he should be charged with murder!

  • Greyhound_Girl Feb 5, 8:14 a.m.

    You are correct computer trainer, they are taking him off life support today. :( Praying for Jerry...

  • Scubagirl Feb 4, 6:27 p.m.

    I have no sympathy for this kid, nor do I think 'he's just a nice boy who never done wrong before'......

  • computer trainer Feb 4, 5:59 p.m.

    From what they were saying this morning, I thought that he was brain dead andthat the family was going to take him off of life support.

  • donnied19522 Feb 4, 5:10 p.m.

    this kid has now ruined his life, Gerry's life, and the list goes on and on.

  • JoCoGrl Feb 4, 4:47 p.m.

    Absolutely terrible!!! Prayers to the victim and his family.

  • momeeee Feb 4, 4:34 p.m.

    Prayers for Gerald!