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Two charged with Spring Lake teen's murder

Posted August 18, 2011
Updated August 19, 2011

— Harnett County authorities charged two men Thursday night with murder and disposing of a corpse after a Spring Lake teen was found earlier in the day in a wooded area near the Cumberland County line. 

Both suspects – Spc. Christopher Roger Blackett and Pvt. Sebastian Gamez – are soldiers based at Fort Bragg. The 20-year-olds live at 102 Carmichael Lane in Spring Lake. Both were held Friday without bond at the Harnett County Detention Center.

Deputies from the two counties found the body of Vincent Carlisle Jr., 17, in some woods off Shady Grove Road in Harnett County four days after he left home and did not return.

A spokeswoman for the Cumberland County Sheriff's Office said Carlisle's body was taken to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner for an autopsy.

Melanie Stewart, principal of Johnathan's House Christian School in Fuquay-Varina, said Carlisle had transferred there after attending Overhills High in Spring Lake. He was a rising senior in the Class of 2012. 

She said Carlisle had been subject to peer pressure at Overhills.

Vincent Carlisle, Jr. Spring Lake teen found dead in woods

"The way he explained it to me was that it wasn't cool to do good in school," she said.

"He knew he didn’t belong with a crowd that wasn’t going anywhere, but he did not know how to break away from it either," she said. "I think he needed an opportunity for somebody to give him a chance to start over."

Carlisle had done that at Johnathan's House Christian School, she said.

"He told me he was looking forward to school in the fall, and he wanted to graduate and get on with his life," Stewart said. "It’s important to me that people know that Vincent Carlisle was a very intelligent young man, and he had dreams, and he had plans." 


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  • jasonstatham Aug 19, 2011

    fyi york enlist at 29 and audie murphy was 24

  • jasonstatham Aug 19, 2011

    trying to say all medal of honor winners made good decisons is a little off 80% of the time they die getting it. the rest make a desion that is split second life or death and might be a dangerous descion. and two what was the ages of those medal of honor winners. two those soldiers we not really older than the kid whos dead.

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  • taylorgait Aug 19, 2011

    WRAL posting guidelines;Comments that are potentially hurtful to crime and accident victims and their families.

    I have seen much of this posted here, do you really read what people post? I am a close friend of the famly and I can tell you some of the post you guys are allowing is hurtful and mean, shame on wral

  • taylorgait Aug 19, 2011

    Okay this is just plain stupid and mean, some of you are actully blaming the victim and some even stoop low as to blame the parents, come on people Vincent was a Kid...who amoung did not make stupid decisions as a kid, did your stupid decision warrant some one taking your life. God forbid that neither of you ever have to face the pain of losing a child, don't blame young Vincent or the parents the blame lies at the feet of the two punks who took his life, They had other options but they choose to take the life of someones child.

  • bowslinger70 Aug 19, 2011

    most lower enlisted soldiers make bad decisions but that is because they are kids for the most part-per jasonstatham.

    Are you kidding me?? How about Sgt. York--PFC Audey Murphy and there just isn't enough caracters for this post to even begin to list just the ones I can remember. Generals don't win the Medal of Honor "lowly enlisted men do !!

  • loprestw Aug 19, 2011

    Rising senior, check out the gang tattoos and and gang signs, at 17 years old. Again I always ask, where are the parents? I do not agree with murder but there has to be more to this. But we don't want to offend anyone, do we?

  • smalldogsrule Aug 19, 2011

    There is A LOT more to this story.

    You will all probably be surprised when the whole thing comes out.

    Mr. Carlisle did not deserve to be killed. But there is a but.......

  • buford Aug 19, 2011

    miss QB I agree with you totally...but sadly some kids are not fortunate to have parents that care and look out for them and they end up falling through the cracks...

  • Retired07 Aug 19, 2011

    Where is "The Rest of the Story"?