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Woman accused of stealing from dying teen

Posted May 8, 2008

— A Spring Lake woman has been charged with stealing from the dying teenage victim of a street shooting, police said Thursday.

Lakesha S. Lilly, 26, of 1306-B King St., was charged Tuesday with felony larceny after shoes and a cell phone were taken from James Porter as he lay dying, police said.

Porter, 17, of 608 Devoe Ave., had been shot in the head on Jan. 20 and was found behind D&K Tires, at the intersection of Cliffdale and Pritchett roads. Paramedics took him to Cape Fear Valley Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

Investigators said they believe Lilly approached Porter at least twice while he lay unconscious. She didn't render aid or attempt to call for help, they said.

"He was still alive at that time. He didn't pass away until after he had been taken to the hospital," said Jamie Smith, spokeswoman for the Fayetteville Police Department. "She just took his stuff and left him there."

Porter's mother said she was stunned by the charge.

"It's breathtaking and heartrending from the simple fact that someone could come upon a helpless body, and the first thing they could think of was to steal and rob instead of get help," Phyllis Porter said. "The first instinct of anybody was to help."

James Porter, a student at 71st High School, would never have acted so callously, his mother said.

"He would take the shoes off his feet (and) give them to you. That's the type of person he was," she said.

The teen was out with friends the night he was shot, and his mother said it wasn't like him to stay out past his curfew or not return her cell phone calls.

"I was sitting in my bed doing homework and praying and just saying, 'God, please take care of him. I don't know where my son is. Just take care of him,'" Phyllis Porter said.

She said she hopes Lilly will help police find her son's killer.

"You don't just come across a body," she said. "You've got to know more than what you're saying."

Lilly hasn't been charged in the shooting. Investigators said they have identified several persons of interest in Porter's death, and they said they believe other people were with Lilly when the thefts occurred.

Anyone with information about Porter's shooting is asked to call the Fayetteville Police Department at 910-433-1856 or Crime Stoppers at 910-483-8477.


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  • jchelpus May 9, 2008

    Wow!! Is all that I can say. I hope this young woman can live with herself. She's a disgrace for walking the earth.

  • johnny2times May 9, 2008

    Here comes the "im a victim" excuse.

  • 2headstrong May 8, 2008

    Ever mind the Rule of Three,
    Three times what thou givest returns to thee.

    I wouldn't want to be in her shoes, stolen or otherwise, when this comes home to roost.

  • CJjunkie May 8, 2008

    Let this show us how bad Cumberland County has become. A home in my "exclusive" neighborhood was shot up two weeks ago. It now sits with at least 12 bullet holes near the front door and windows. local law enforcement needs to look closer at the real issues in Cumberland County. This lady, IMO, needs to answer for what she did and not be given a plea bargain for telling who did it.

  • Sweet Butterfly Kisses May 8, 2008

    There are NO words to explain how this makes me feel as a Mother!

  • Just the facts mam May 8, 2008

    This is a culture thing - sadly, some cultures in America live this type of life everyday and do not consider behavior like this unacceptable...

  • nagreene May 8, 2008

    What was she thinking? Well, she wasn't thinking.

  • juliemc58 May 8, 2008

    I think she could have at least used his cell phone to call 911. Since she didn't, I think she is an accessory to the murder. He possibly could have survived the attack had help been summoned. I pray for his family.

  • Rob May 8, 2008

    Can she at least be sterilized?

  • Heatherbrook May 8, 2008

    Can't think of punishment severe enough for her. Death would be too easy.