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Friends, family march for missing Goldsboro teen

Posted September 20, 2012
Updated September 21, 2012

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— New information about missing Goldsboro teen Kennedy Fitzgerald McLaurin Jr. could be released as early as Friday morning, Wayne County authorities said. 

The update in the case would come hours after family and friends of McLaurin Jr. marched through Goldsboro to draw attention to his case.

Participants, including North Carolina NAACP President Rev. William Barber, started at the McLaurin family home at 5:30 p.m. and walked to the Goldsboro Police Department.

"All of us are kin today. All of us are hurting today," Barber said.

But the pain is especially sharp for McLaurin's parents, Ken McLaurin and Kimberly Best.

"Today made 11 days (since he went missing), and I'm very frustrated," said Ken McLaurin. "It's still kind of hard, you know, to sleep, eat. If somebody knows where my son is at, please call in to the tip line."

Best is holding out hope for her son's safe return.

"I haven't been able to function, hardly do anything, just waiting around for him to come home," she said.

Goldsboro police believe McLaurin Jr., 16, was abducted Sept. 9 from the 700 block of Bain Street in the Woodcrest Housing Community, where he lived with his family, and forced into a car by three of four black males. 

An Amber Alert was issued for the teen, who was seen in a 1990s blue-gray, four-door Oldsmobile with faded paint. 

Goldsboro Police Sgt. Dwayne Dean said Monday that the case is still classified as a missing persons case. Investigators have passed out fliers in the Bain Street area and continue to gather tips, he said. Kennedy McLaurin New info expected Friday in case of missing Goldsboro teen

Best reported her son missing Sept. 10 after becoming concerned when he didn't come home the night before. After hearing rumors that he had been abducted, she called police.

McLaurin stands about 5 feet 9 inches tall and weighs about 135 pounds. He has black hair, brown eyes, pierced ears and a tattoo of the initial K on his left hand.

Anyone with information about McLaurin's disappearance can call a 24-hour tip line at 919-580-4243.

They can also call 911, the North Carolina State Highway Patrol at *HP, the Goldsboro Police Department at 919-705-6572 or Crime Stoppers at 919-735-2255.

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  • NCStar74 Sep 21, 2012

    I learned about this march via Facebook and I can tell you the NAACP did NOT organize it. It was organized by 2 concerned citizens in an attempt to bring more awareness to the situation, pass out fliers, and hopefully encourage someone that knows something to call it in. The NAACP was invited to be a part of it. There was no police bashing. Everyone seemed dedicated to working together to find out where this child might be. Instead of a candlelight vigil, they chose to march. So what?

  • SomeRandomGuy Sep 21, 2012

    "Well if you don't know, the child has to be missing for 24 hours before they can report a child actually "missing"

    WRONG

  • apennyforyourthoughts Sep 21, 2012

    "So I'm assuming the next time any child across America goes missing and a candle light vigil is held the consensus will be that its a waste of time? Things like this event are designed to draw attention to a matter on a larger scale, period. The fact that some are more concerned with taking a shot at a group that just so happens to be assisting this family rather than show compassion for this kid is very telling." Recalcitrant

    Amen! The telling is what they are all about...typical!

  • Recalcitrant Sep 21, 2012

    So I'm assuming the next time any child across America goes missing and a candle light vigil is held the consensus will be that its a waste of time? Things like this event are designed to draw attention to a matter on a larger scale, period. The fact that some are more concerned with taking a shot at a group that just so happens to be assisting this family rather than show compassion for this kid is very telling.

  • boolittlek Sep 21, 2012

    "If these were white guys that obducted [sic] this young man, Barber and his racist group would be all over it."--boneymaroney13

    "Here we go!! Gotta throw the race card in here. No one has said anything about race but you and your guilty conscience. We're talking about a child "13" and under - get it?!! We're talking about "community organizers marching" instead of LOOKING -get it?!! Go cry about "race" somewhere else. Black or white, he needs to be found - get it?!!"--boneymaroney13

    I'm sorry, but what was that about no one having said anything about race?

  • nowon_yuno Sep 21, 2012

    since when does the age 16 not make you a child? is it bc he is a minority and many of you are speaking of gang related or no snitching rule? that automatcially makes him different right
    wakemom

    It's the culture. When they are tired of living in fear and lamenting that nothing is being done they will recognize that they have the problem and are the only ones to fix it. Until then its just easier to pass blame than take responsibilty.

    Well if you don't know, the child has to be missing for 24 hours before they can report a child actually "missing"
    NCStateWorker

    I thought the whole reason for Ambers Law ie Amber Alert was to get rid of the idea that someone has to be gone for 24 to be considered missing.

  • boneymaroney13 Sep 21, 2012

    Here we go!! Gotta throw the race card in here. No one has said anything about race but you and your guilty conscience. We're talking about a child "13" and under - get it?!! We're talking about "community organizers marching" instead of LOOKING -get it?!! Go cry about "race" somewhere else. Black or white, he needs to be found - get it?!!

  • porkchop27540 Sep 21, 2012

    I hope they find him. But to be taken and forced into a car does not sound good. As for the HATE group setting up the march, the looks like the time could be better used searching for this young man.

  • wakemom Sep 21, 2012

    By the way, he is NOT a child. He is 16 years old.
    boneymaroney13

    since when does the age 16 not make you a child? is it bc he is a minority and many of you are speaking of gang related or no snitching rule? that automatcially makes him different right

  • kimsstressed Sep 21, 2012

    Zoey0815 WRAL has been following this story since it broke. Where have you been? I hope this child is found safely VERY soon! If anyone out there knows ANYTHING that may help find this boy, please speak up.. REMEMBER, you can call in a tip and remain anonymous ... Find one of the few remaining pay phones out there and call it in!! Hope this mom will have positive closure soon!

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