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Stabbing Suspect Now Faces Murder Charge

Posted December 11, 2007

— A suspect arrested in connection with two stabbings – one fatal – that happened near a bus stop on Monday now faces a charge of murder in the case.

Rashon Arturo Martine, 20, was arrested Monday evening and initially charged with attempted murder and assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injuries. He was being held in the Wake County Jail Tuesday without bond.

Charges were upgraded Tuesday to include murder after one of the victims, Rashem Chamaul Still, 21, died Monday at WakeMed. Witnesses said he was stabbed in the heart while trying to break up an argument. Police said he was stabbed multiple times.

Police said the stabbings occurred shortly before 3 p.m. near the Walden Woods Condominiums in the 4600 block of Grinding Stone Drive. They found the victims in a vehicle at the corner of East Millbrook Road and Walenda Drive, police said Tuesday.

Witnesses said the assailant was upset following an argument and started swinging a knife at people in the area.

The second victim, Brandon Anthony Willis, 16, was treated and released from WakeMed Monday for a stab wound in the back, police said.

Also on Tuesday, Raleigh police said they recovered a Honda Accord that was stolen from a passerby near the stabbing on Monday.

Anthony Wayne Williams, 38, was arrested overnight in New Kent County, Va. Police called the incident a crime of opportunity, noting the driver of the car had stopped to ask an officer about the stabbing investigation when her car was stolen.

Details about the investigation or a motive for the stabbings were limited Tuesday, but some thought Martine, who does not have a criminal record, might have been trying to defend his younger brother when the stabbing occurred.

Those who live in the Walden Woods community fear the crimes might have been gang-related.

People in the neighborhood said Still was involved in a gang but his grandmother, Patricia Williams, denied that.

"You know how children are, always trying to act like they're in a gang, sometimes," she said. "They weren't gang people. They were overly protected children."

Regarless of the reason, the stabbings have left many people in the neighborhood wondering when the violence among young people will stop.

"It's just senseless," resident Charles Brown said Monday evening. "These kids – they have no sense of value on life."

"We just have to get a grip back on these young men and try to guide them and lead them in the right way. Because they're falling by the way side and don't even know it."


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  • X-Panther Dec 12, 2007

    What type of training is required by law enforcement that require a man/child to be searched when they are dying from injury? I have an inside from the family and there is more than meets the eyes here. I WILL DO WHAT I CAN TO SEE THE TRUTH!

  • jackadoo Dec 12, 2007

    hey you'all. Yes that is the first thing that struck me...they ALL had existing mugshots. Likely the survivors will update their resume's when they recover.
    Anyway, this violence, and the carnage on the highways, must stop.

  • Adelinthe Dec 12, 2007

    Just a subhuman (uncivilized) thug.

    Praying for the victims and for their loved ones.

    God bless.

    Rev. RB

  • Harrison Bergeron Dec 12, 2007

    "yruatwit EXCUSE ME but what was the race of the 2 public shooters this past week? We ALL have issues in our community not just African Americans and I think his name pretty much indicates that he is not only of African American descent. ...why dont you address the Meth Labs, the beauty pageant girls on cocaine, ... You dont really think that the European Community is free of crime...do you?..." -aegunc


    Nobody is denying that crime is perpetrated by members of all ethnic groups, however, trying to deflect analysis or questioning of the largely disproportionate amount of crime caused by young, minority men does a disservice to the problem.

    Minority perpetrated violent crime accounts for over 60% of the total. Can you grasp the significance of that? The fact that you are comparing local violent crime headlines with those that have been plucked from NATIONAL news further highlights the disparity.

  • nowon_yuno Dec 12, 2007

    I like how they all had mug shots on record already.

  • MarcoPolo Dec 11, 2007

    Even though it's not applicable in this case, ya'll do raise an interesting case....parents should be forced to serve time/face penalties with their "minor" children. It might encourage a few parents to sit down with their kids and actually talk to them. The parents and/or primary guardian need to be held accountable and names published too.

    Kid did the crime the kid needs to go to jail for a long time so that I can support him for the rest of my life and then he can commit another crime and kill somebody else and then somebody else can support him. This makes perfect sense.

  • NE Raleigh Dec 11, 2007

    Well-well, look at the snapshots of Mo,Larry, and Curley, true men of geniuses. It's time to look into the death penalty again. These individual will never become useful members of society. Tired of paying for their poor excuses of a life while they are fed and clothed in prision.

  • SuperNupe Dec 11, 2007

    It's a shame, I tried to break up a fight and caught a wild punch, that's all it took for me, I'll never break up fight again... let them fight and be stupid, some people can't be helped when they're angry...

  • whatusay Dec 11, 2007

    These yound adults need to get an education and a job...stay off the streets, don't carry weapons, and stop stealing cars.

  • coolwill Dec 11, 2007

    Afro american, did you check the name? (Rashon Arturo Martine, 20, was arrested Monday evening and initially charged with attempted murder and assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injuries)