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Argument Over $20 Leads To Deadly Wayne Stabbing

Posted February 5, 2007

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— Authorities in Wayne County are sorting out the details surrounding a deadly stabbing involving a military serviceman.

Investigators said Vincent Wright, 43, of Pikeville, went to his sister's house at 105 Kendall Lane at around 11:25 p.m. Sunday after being called about a dispute involving family members.

Authorities said a fight occurred between Jamal Wilson and Dwayne Wright, Vincent Wright's brother, over an allegation that $20 had been stolen. According to deputies, Vincent Wright was stabbed during the confrontation.

Vincent Wright was taken to Wayne Memorial Hospital, where he was later pronounced dead. He was a master sergeant in the U.S. Air Force stationed at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base.

Wilson, who is the boyfriend of Wright's sister, has been charged with murder. He is being held without bond at the Wayne County Jail.

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  • evanssa Feb 7, 2007

    I've known Vinny for 20 years and watched him grow up from a young Airman first entering the US Air Force in the early 80's. I always considered Vinny one of my very closest friends and when his wife called Monday morning to let me know that he had been killed, well it devastated me. I remember the great times and laughs we had in the Comm/Nav shop together or the BBQ's we had at my house. My children always loved "Uncle Vinny". He always had a smile on his face or a joke at the ready. Over the years and thousands of miles later, I managed to stay in touch with him and the one thing I will always remember about Vinny is how he loved his family and friends. He would give the shirt off his back for anyone in need and was never put out by helping others. It is my honor to have served with him and to have been able to call him a friend all of these years. I will treasure those times always. My prayers go out to his wife and children.

  • hopeless1986 Feb 7, 2007

    I didn't have the pleasure of meeting Vinnie but I know his wife, another honorable service member serving this country. Yes, this country should weep because of the loss of a service member over something so meaningless. Any service member who has served over 20 years deserves our respect no matter how he was murdered. If you ever had the pleasure of listening to his family and friends talk about their love for Vinnie you would understand what a wonderful man he was. It's also obvious what an impact he made in the lives of those he came in contact with. Yes, he was very devoted to his family. No, he wasn't over at his sister's looking for a fight or even thinking this would be the outcome. He loved his family and would show up at a drop of the hat if he was needed. PERIOD! This was a senseless act of violence that has destroyed many lives. I hope Mr. Wilson has many years in jail to reflect on his crime.

  • summercatchbabe Feb 7, 2007

    How dare some of you! Up here not even talking about the tragic loss of a husband && father. Up here assuming it had to be drugs. How dare you disrespect a man who is dead. Some of you are posting things for personal conversations. If you want to talk to one another IM each other. But do not get up here and talk about it. This is the place to discuss the great loss of Vincent Wright. My friend is one of his three daughters. She is only 17,how do you ((the disrespectful ones)) think she'd feel reading this. It's hard enough that she's lost her dad, but to read the hateful,heartless, && senseless things? Stop thinking of yourself. Think of his family. Pray for them, please! This family is going through so much, && I would hate it for one of them to see this garbage. So if you don't have anything supportive to say, don't say anything at all.

    Kathryn Craft
    Friend of Vinny && his daughter

  • mrnationals04 Feb 7, 2007

    Vinny was my mentor in bowling while I was still growing up in the game. We traveled from Wilson to Goldsboro to bowl in some of the tournaments and after just a few games I caught his attention. Thou8gh he had a daughter bowling in the same tournaments as I he still continously came to my lanes to add in advice and check on my progress. I had known vinny for about 8 years or so and not once had there every been a dull moment. Everytime we attended a Goldsboro tournament or they attended ours, he would always be the one bringing in the Hype. Vinny would cheer on anyone who needed it, he never held grudges and was an overall Extremely well liked person in the bowling community. He touched everyone of the lives of the people who knew him. WE (Wilson Youth Bowlers) will miss Vinny and send our prayers, sorrows and best wishes to his wife and two daughters...

  • hogridr76 Feb 6, 2007

    Those of you who would rather spend your wasted lives bickering via a news blog should do something more constructive like suit-up and join the ranks or our brothers & sisters in uniform before you mistakenly think that you have the right to slander the name of a decorated Air Force serviceman and his family. This abuse of the 1st amendment is absolutely appalling and you should all be ashamed to call yourselves true Americans. Get a life or get a real job and then find some real perspective as to what's really worth fighting for. People like Vinny "suit-up" regularly to go defend your sorry @ss right to bash him and each other on the news blog that is announcing the weakening of a country in his loss. Get over yourselves and pray for the Wright family in their darkest hour. God be with them and may God help all of you.

  • itsme316 Feb 6, 2007

    I agree with you tshmcmillon@yahoo.com . . . following Vinny's example he taught me when I was fresh out of basic 9 yrs ago "find the positive in any situation" so here you go. I was angered by some of the ignorant comments that were left so I registered and left a comment of my own to let those that cared to read that Vinny and his family were good and loving and accepted many people that passed through Seymour Johnson into their family. I can see the negative comments have inspired others to do the same. I'm sure the positive comments will be the one's the family will cherish along with their memories of Vinny.

  • Sherlockholmes Feb 6, 2007

    Your Correct, Things Like This Are Senseless, However,
    Why Would We "All" Need To Take Anger Management Classes?
    Are You One Of Those People Who Thinks That If Someone Commits A Crime With A Gun That The First Thing We Need To Do Is Take All The Guns Away From The Poeple Who Don't Commit Crimes?
    And Its OK To Speed Cause We All Speed? Just Curious!

  • gi jane Feb 6, 2007

    Anytime a life is taken it is a sad and tragic situation regardless of the circumstance behind it. I dont know what half of you are talking about. I come to WRAL to read comments to try to understand the opinions and thoughts of others but that seems hard to do when you have twelve differ discussions about things that have nothing to do with the story above. Death is not funny and half of the remarks posted arent the least bit funny. And we are all adults? Hmmmmm? It seems as if there is a lack of maturity that derives from some of these posts. There is nothing humerous about sounding ignorant.

  • ++2A-Shall Not Be Infringed++ Feb 6, 2007

    To miss rpennington1 -at- nc -dot- rr -dot- com
    you callin me darlin? darlin,, here that yall , she called me darlin,, i love you too.. miss rpennington1 -at- nc -dot- rr -dot- com but i havnt had a chance to court ya proper, just give me a chance to sweettalk, charm and wooo you with my ways,, i can do 18 chin ups, i'm the best rock thrower in the county, and im a savin up fer a gold tooth, i will make ya a fine husband , im a little mean somtimes, but i make up fer it by bein real healthy, say youll be mine , say youll be my beloveded

  • Fence Straddler Feb 6, 2007

    $20.00 and a US Serviceman is dead.
    Please pray for the family.

    SJAFB has lost a very special man from amongst its' ranks.
    Jamal Wilson deserves what's coming to him from the courts.