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Man killed in Lillington's first homicide in two decades

Posted October 15, 2013
Updated October 16, 2013

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— A 22-year-old man was shot and killed Tuesday on Cedar Grove School Road in Lillington, police said, in the town's first homicide since 1991. 

Three suspects were taken into custody shortly before 11 p.m. in the shooting death of William Perry Council.

Brothers Tyrone Allen Hardy, 21, and Davaughn Hardy, 22, and their cousin, 21-year-old William Deshawn Hardy, each face first-degree murder and conspiracy charges. They were scheduled to make court appearances Wednesday.

Stephan McPhatter said Council was his cousin.

"He died right here. We stayed here with him right until his last moment," McPhatter said. "When he took off, when he fell, he fell right there with me."

McPhatter described Council as a promising young man who got along with everybody.

But investigators said two men got into an argument with Council that ended with them shooting him in the street around 5:30 p.m. 

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"We're going to be out all night trying to track these suspects down," said police Chief Frank Powers before the arrests. "We're not going to sleep until we have them."

Powers said the town of Lillington won't tolerate this type of violent crime.

"This is not going to happen here," he said. "It's been a long time – 22 years since this happened. It's going to be 22 more years before it happens again."

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  • michaelllee11 Oct 16, 2:35 p.m.

    Wow, 22 years is a long time without a murder, even in a small town.

  • TITAN4X4 Oct 16, 12:02 p.m.

    WOW 22 yrs w/o a murder. Now this! I delivered pizza for years and that was one of my least favorite areas to deliver to. Not surprised it happened there. I would have thought Shawtown would be a more likely place. My prayers to all families of this senseless death.

  • Rebelyell55 Oct 16, 9:46 a.m.

    easy now, ya got to remember these story get up dated after some folks have already posted a comment. These young men just messed up their lives and will suffer for it.

  • Obamacare is here Oct 16, 9:44 a.m.

    Police won't release the victim's name, but the victim's name is William Perry Council? Sounds like family members released his name first.

  • JohnnyVoodoo Oct 16, 9:36 a.m.

    For those of you who are wondering why there is no response/feedback/or comments from the likes of Barber/Jackson/Sharpton, it's quite simple...but true. This crime is catergorized as black on black crime. Thus no rallies, television news crews, threats of racial profiling, or chants of police brutality, etc. However, one can only imagine if the suspects would have been white what type of atmosphere would be surrounding the city of Lillington. I could care less if anyone believes this statement to be true or not. I said it, I meant it, and that is my opinion.

  • icdumbpeople Oct 16, 9:30 a.m.

    "This is not going to happen here," he said. "It's been a long time – 22 years since this happened. It's going to be 22 more years before it happens again."

    Love this attitude! Lillington is a great little town - We just have to keep these type of people out.

  • outsidelookingin Oct 16, 9:28 a.m.

    "McPhatter described his cousin as a promising young man who got along with everybody."

    Umm, obviously not with everybody.

    I pray his family and friends find peace.

  • scubagirl2 Oct 16, 9:16 a.m.

    they didn't kill THEIR cousin, the cousin of the dead man was the one talking to reporters.

  • WageSlave Oct 16, 9:11 a.m.

    "Authorities are not releasing the victim's name, but Stephan McPhatter said he was his cousin."

    "Three suspects were taken into custody shortly before 11 p.m. in the shooting death of William Perry Council."

    Is William Perry Council not the victim? Am I missing something?

  • stymieindurham Oct 16, 9:00 a.m.

    "Where are all the people with their well worn marching shoes? Where are all the screams for justice? Anybody......?"
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    I think he (or she) makes a very good point.

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