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Family of teen shot seeks community input

Posted December 9, 2008
Updated December 10, 2008

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— There was a call for action Tuesday night following the murder of a 16-year-old in southeast Raleigh. The victim's family, speaking out for the first time at a community meeting, asked for people to help stop the neighborhood violence.

Adarius Monquell Fowler was shot near the intersection of North Tarboro Road and Oakwood Avenue shortly before 9 p.m. on Nov. 21. He was taken to WakeMed, where he died.

"This is a child we are talking about here," said Fianna Shivers, victim's step-mother.

Fowler's family attended a community meeting Tuesday night at the Tarboro Community Center. The center is just two blocks from where the teen was shot.

"We should not have to wait until someone dies to make action, to take action. Take action now for the ones that our still alive,” Shivers said.

Fowler is the third person to be killed on that section of Tarboro Road since 2005.

"There are some people out there that know what happened, and have information, and are reluctant because of fear or some other reasons to come forward,” said Sgt. Rick Armstrong, with the Raleigh Police Protective Association.

Police say the murder may be gang-related, which could explain why witnesses aren't talking.

"If they know something, they need to tell it. This is really serious. We need to find out before that person goes and kills somebody else,” said Shaqula Fowler, victim's sister.

Fowler's family says the community needs to come together.

“If you have a problem with your neighbor and your community, then what are you supposed to do? Infiltrate, take charge, do something about it," Shivers said.

Police say they have increased patrols in the area since the fatal shooting.

Anyone with information in the case is asked to call the Raleigh Police Department’s Detective Division at 919-996-3555 or Crime Stoppers at 919-226-2746.

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  • ljcs357 Dec 10, 2008

    This is terrible. Sometimes trouble just comes knocking down your door. A few years ago a teenager that age was shot by multiple times by some people driving by who didn't agree with the color of shirt he had on.

  • miketroll3572 Dec 10, 2008

    Sounds like to little to late, like the other poster said. Where were they before hand.

  • stategirl2 Dec 10, 2008

    Actually white collar workers do commit crimes, and the only thing that you know about the NAACP is what the media tells you. Yes, the NAACP sticks their noses places where it doesn't belong sometimes, but they have done things to try and help out communities as well. The only thing the media ever reports are stories about the NAACP to get everybody stirred up.

  • mulvay8888 Dec 10, 2008

    I feel bad for the family, but I must say, I find it interesting that the family wants something done about the problem now, only after the death of their son. Where were they before their son was killed.

    Everyone thinks that it is not their problem and doesn't affect them and could care less if the problem is fixed or not, but when something happens to their family, the world stops and the crys for help begin.

    People need to start taking their neighborhoods back. The good people far out number the bad. Stop being afraid....

  • OrdinaryCitizen Dec 10, 2008

    The community itself has to find better ways to occupy the youth. Biggest problem is it costs money to have volunteers and security.

    NAACP doesn't care they would rather help someone already in prison. Its a shame that organization was more dignified back in the day.

  • DeathRow-IFeelYourPain-NOT Dec 10, 2008

    This is where the NAACP needs to place their resources. They need to be in these communities trying to stem the tide. But unfortunately, you won't find them doing this. The simple reason, there's no money in it. So instead, they take their message to the corporate world, to the white-collar workers, where there is NO crime. If they want to stop crime against their race, they have to concentrate on where the crime is located. But since the NAACP isn't an organization with an honest cause, you won't find them there. If the NAACP won't do what has to be done in our black communities, then there is NO HOPE for these communities to ever change.

  • SuperNupe Dec 10, 2008

    I lived in that area for most of my teenage years, about a half mile from that intersection, it's always been bad over there... the company you keep is just as important as anything else.... it's easier to get into trouble, and hard to stay out of it... but I managed... one of my cousins didn't... Prayers going out to his family, but again, it's the life he chose...