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Suspect No. 15 Captured in Raleigh Gang Slaying

Posted December 16, 2006
Updated December 17, 2006

— Police on Saturday arrested their last suspect in a drive-by murder  that occurred in June.

Raleigh detectives said they found Eric Townes Jr., 18, in Rhode Island and brought him back to Raleigh early Saturday morning.

Townes is the 15th suspect charged with murder in the gang-related shooting of Jamel Jeffreys on Beauty Avenue.

Police said a three-car caravan drove down the street, and at least two shooters fired at the 19-year -old Jefferys in broad daylight.

Four bullets hit him as he stood outside his home with friends.


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  • craziishawtii24 Jan 4, 2007

    I think you are all full of it. Gangs aren't created or due to poverty or lack of anything. You all sound stupid because you haven't seen it from a "gang member's" point of view... or in my case, the friend of a gang member. There are crips, bloods, latin kings, everywhere.. They join in because right now it's "what everyone's doing" and now they are taking it to seriously by KILLING people for wearing a certain color. Noone deserves to be killed because of that. I think this comment board should stop right now because none of you know what you're talking about. It's not the police department's fault, and it has nothing to do with poverty. There are "middle class" kids/teens that are in gangs too. They have almost everything they want.. nice car, nice house, good family, but that doesn't stop them from wanting to be in or joining a gang. Until you have experienced something first hand, you should not comment or give your BS opinion on it. Thanks!

  • mindyourown Dec 17, 2006

    The subject here isn't about gangs, it's about this 18 year old who has now been arrested for taking part in a drive by shooting resulting in the death of a 19 year old. My comment on this story is... I hope he gets more time in prison that what he deserves along with the other 14 members of the gang. There's too many teenage punk hoodlums going around with nothing better to do than cause trouble, hate and discontent...hooray for the great police work!!!!!!

  • hail2opeth Dec 17, 2006

    Well you say I don't have to define "poor" to you. Yet you keep confusing causality with correlation. Say what you will about well-to-do kids who are in gangs. Perhaps there are a few, who happen to attend the same school system. But none of these gang related incidents we hear about in the news are occurring in affluent neighborhoods, and that is telling. And, as I said before, there have always been poor neighborhoods. It's only in modern times, when poor communities have gone from being places where everybody knows everybody, to places filled with relatively random strangers, that these incidents have begun to occur. I venture it's a very rare circumstance indeed when the parents of the victim of gang violence even know the parents of the perpetrators. And that is the distinction between poor communities of our day and those of yesteryear.

  • intotheblue00 Dec 17, 2006

    i lived in durham next to a crack house. the crack dealer guy was trying to support a family (?). we need vocational training, a sense of community, belonging, culture. most people are there by default not because they have choices. i was there because it was the cheapest rent i could find. i survived a drive by one night. the place was depressing and full of despair. it is a part of who i am today and i am greatful for the experience, but i don't ever want to go back. As far as kids in gangs, you have to love them to pieces when they are young and make that part of their landscape so that hate does not take root. If pain and hate is all you know, that is what comes out. (C) EM

  • IMHO Dec 17, 2006

    I don't think you have to define poor to me. You are still equating lack of money to gang involvement. What about all the well to do kids who are in gangs? Or do you think that's just an "urban legend"? So that theory just got thrown out of the window. And as for me moving to these neighborhoods...been there, done that. Your turn.

  • hail2opeth Dec 17, 2006

    No, I think you misunderstand my definition of "poor." Lack of money is not the defining feature of poverty as I see it. Poverty is a culture of ignorance and a mindset of despair. Throwing money to people in such a condition would only exacerbate the problems. The first step to successfully addressing poverty would be after school programs for kids. The second step would be increased police presence, so that joining a gang for protection is not necessary. The third would be to offer these kids a free college education, if they choose to accept it. This would allow some the opportunity to escape poverty. As for the rest, I don't think there is a solution, aside from throwing all gang-age teens in prison, or the military. And if you think that "people policing their own neighborhoods" is the answer, try moving there and doing so. I think you would quickly develop a new appreciation for how poorly that works.

  • IMHO Dec 17, 2006

    I must say, that is the most ignorant thing I have heard this week. Luckily, today is Sunday. Are you seriously saying that we have gangs because we have poor people? That makes no sense. Here I am, thinking that gang problems are related to breakdown of the family and the child's need to belong. I agree, that it is partially related to unity in the community. It's time for people to start policing their own neighborhoods, reporting suspicious activities and not turning a blind eye when they see something happening. But, I guess, your solution would be to just go to these "poor parts of town" and just hand out money? Yeah, I guess that will solve all the problems of the world. Let's go to Africa, hand out money, that'll solve the AIDS epidemic. Handing out money in Iraq will bring our troops home. I'm sorry, I just don't buy it. Poor does NOT equal gang problems anymore than rich equals smart.

  • hail2opeth Dec 16, 2006

    It's too simple to say this issue is merely a result of restraints placed on law enforcement. The root of the problem is poverty and the lack of a unified community in these neighborhoods. Have you ever noticed how the gang problems are ALWAYS in the poor part of town? There is a reason for that. Granted there have always been poor parts of town, but these areas used to be neighborhoods were everybody knew everybody. When one kid threatened another back in the old days, the parents of the two knew each other, and they'd put a stop to any nonsense in a hurry. Parents in modern gang infested neighborhoods may not even know their own kids as well as everybody in the poor communities of old used to know every kid. Now granted you could end the gang problems entirely by simply locking every poor kid up. But is that really feasible? The answer is clearly no. So the idea that simply removing restraints on law enforcement will fix gang problems is simply too Pollyannaish.

  • Mad-as-heck Dec 16, 2006

    As a former Durham 911 operator this comes as no surprise. The shooting that is. For years Durham and Raleigh denied the presence of gangs in their cities. Sadly, now they are everywhere and killing each other as hard as they can go. It will only get worse so long as our city officials allow it to. Yes they allow it. How you ask? Simple, my dad was a cop in Durham from around 1965 to 1985. In that 20 years the restraint placed upon law enforcement increased to what it is today. Today cops have their hands tied behind their backs. They have to walk a very thin line in order to keep their jobs. The internal investigation divisions of our police departments are there now to protect those who commit the crimes. They are on a constant tear to get what they call bad cops off the streets. The short version of this is the fact that cops are no longer seeking out the predators of today. If they do, they are quickly labeled by the community as bad cops. A huge lesson could be lea