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Family Reflects on Life of N. Raleigh Shooting Victim

Posted April 28, 2007
Updated September 19, 2007

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— Timothy Barnwell was gunned down outside a North Raleigh apartment building Friday afternoon. While detectives search for his killer, Barnwell's friends and family are looking back on his life.

Barnwell, 34, was found outside of his second-story apartment after witnesses reported hearing three or four gunshots just after noon at the Windsor Falls Apartments on Sunbow Falls Lane. He later died at WakeMed.

“I couldn't breathe. It was so horrible a thing to hear,” said Rev. Diane Corlett, who was his pastor at the Church of the Nativity in Raleigh for more than 15 years.

Corlett said knew Barnwell when he was just a teenager.

“He was then just as remarkable a young man as he was yesterday,” she said.

Corlett has counseled Barnwell’s family since his death. Through her, his parents spoke of their only child.

“In the wake of his murder, the family asks that we remember Timothy not as a statistic (or as) one more young black male dead by reason of senseless violence, but as an intelligent, kind, talented, funny and spiritually centered young man,” the family’s statement said.

The family also asked the community to pray that the killer might be found swiftly and be brought to justice.

The suspect is described as a black male with medium skin tone standing approximately 5 feet 10 inches to 6 feet tall and weighing about 160 to 170 pounds.

The suspect was said to be well groomed and was wearing a dark-colored baseball cap, a dark-colored shirt with the word “SECURITY” in white letters on its front, a dark-colored jacket that was slightly longer than waist length and dark-colored “cargo” style pants.

The suspect fled the scene in a medium-size burgundy car of unknown make.

As authorities search for the culprit, family and friends are choosing to focus on their loss and not on the investigation.

“Tim had 34 years, which is longer than some people have on this earth,” Corlett said.

Funeral services for Barnwell are still incomplete, but have been tentatively set for Wednesday at the Church of the Nativity.

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  • sick of You Apr 28, 2007

    “In the wake of his murder, the family asks that we remember Timothy not as a statistic (or as) one more young black male dead by reason of senseless violence, but as an intelligent, kind, talented, funny and spiritually centered young man,” the family’s statement said.

    I hope that the suspect is caught and is juiced for this. An example needs to be set.

  • CHAMP Apr 28, 2007

    Why anyone would want to hurt such a beautiful person is beyond me.
    I went to high school with Tim and can remember his kindness and his love of life..and the laugh that would inspire laughter from anyone.
    I send my sincere wishes for strength to his family and friends.

  • dianadarling Apr 28, 2007

    What? I thought only Durham had senseless murders!
    I am so sorry for the family.

    But the propaganda against Durham can stop. Evil is everywhere.

  • jetset Apr 28, 2007

    This is very sad. He seemed like a nice person from all the news articles. It is such a waste for anybody to be gunned down, but for a bright, kind, spiritual person, it is devastating news for his family and friends. May God in all his mercy help the family while they grieve.

  • lennisport Apr 28, 2007

    My family is absolutely devastated. He was my cousin's best friend and the best man at his wedding. Timothy (Nottie) Barwell will definitely be missed. Rest in peace.

  • Tax Man Apr 28, 2007

    God Bless the family - I trust the killer will be found soon - such a waste!

  • hd71 Apr 28, 2007

    Very sad.

  • districtcadvocate Apr 28, 2007

    I am truly sorry for the loss of Timothy Barnwell's life. His father David, is a remarkable person and my heart aches for his loss. I hope the killer is caught but that will not bring Tim back to life.

    In the end we only have our faith to rely on so as to sort out what is happening and how does it fit into God's devine scheme.

    So, may the soul of Timmothy Barnwell rest in peace, Amen.