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Man found dead Tuesday morning was shooting victim

Posted May 12, 2009
Updated May 13, 2009

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— Police were investigating the death of a man whose body was found lying face-down in front of a parked car in a cul-de-sac in a southeast Raleigh neighborhood Tuesday morning.

Someone called 911 at 6:34 a.m., reporting the body off the 6500 block of Guard Hill Drive in the Battle Ridge at Chastain community, police said.

Authorities identified the man Tuesday afternoon as Christopher Ryan Davis, 19, of Clayton. He had been shot, Raleigh police said.

Battle Ridge body_02 Body found facedown in Raleigh cul-de-sac

Resident Tiffany Mangum, a mother of three, said a parent walking a child to a school bus stop found the body.

"Even the kids on the school bus could have seen this guy laying there," Mangum said. "This could have been a tragic moment for them to go the rest of their day with this image in their head."

The crime scene was next to a playground and two houses that are under construction. Neighbors said the body was found near a busy thoroughfare connecting several sections of the neighborhood.

Chris Scarborough, who plays basketball at the playground daily, said he did not see anything suspicious Monday night, but a friend who lives up the street had some equipment stolen from his truck. He couldn't recall a similar crime in the neighborhood but said he's afraid the area is taking a turn for the worse.

"It's becoming a bad one, it looks like. (You) got bodies, people's stuff being stolen – this all happened in one night," Scarborough said.

Mangum said there has been increased policing in the neighborhood lately.

"It makes you feel good to see them, as a homeowner, but you never know if things like this could happen," she said. "This could be an isolated thing. They could have staged it. You just don't know."

Mangum said her thoughts are with Davis's family.

"I feel sorry for the mother of that child, because that's somebody's son, and it's just a sad thing. It makes the day change for you," she said.

Anyone who saw any activity along Guard Hill Drive or has information about the case should call police detectives at 919-227-6220 or 919-996-3555. Callers can remain anonymous.


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  • bronzegoddess40 May 13, 2009

    Why should this crime be about race anyway? A young man was killed by someone and nobody knows who or why. To me that should be the main concern not about race.

  • Professor May 13, 2009

    Crime seldom chooses race, color or creed. You will find crime now days everywhere and any family.

  • findoutthefacts May 13, 2009

    Seems like everyone wants to try to avoid the elephant in the room. Ok...yes...crime happens everywhere. It happens in the rich neighborhoods (hello...do you think anyone wants to rob the poor neighborhood? lol) and it happens among all races, genders and social classes.

    But, instead of trying to avoid the issue by saying.."it happens to other people too"...I want to ask the question straight up and I want a straight up answer, not some diversion.

    Why does the minority portion of the population who comprise about 13% of the total population commit more than 50% of crimes? If you make up 13%, then statistically about 13% of the crime is proportional. I want that question addressed, and not by some "we are victims" or "look at what someone else has done".

  • Brejasa May 13, 2009

    I meant I don't care what your zip code is

  • Brejasa May 13, 2009

    I dont care what you zip code; crime, drugs, guns and any other type of trouble is there. Apex, Cary and North Raleigh have the same issues, husbands killing wives, the teens that killed the young man and left his body in the parents mobile home, I mean we can go on and on. Point is CRIME IS EVERYWHERE and no one crime is more acceptable than another. But you feel safer b/c your crime is more hushed to keep your property value up, smart.

  • jcrocker60 May 12, 2009

    Same age as my grandson that went into the Marines on Mother's Day. How sad. My thoughts and prayers to the young man's family.

  • teacher-mom May 12, 2009

    My sympathy to his family and loved ones. I really do not consider a 19 year old a man. He was still a boy. Such a waste.

  • glockedup May 12, 2009

    Only you can protect yourself. Go to the US Concealed Carry Assoc. website at http://www.usconcealedcarry.com/index.cfm and find out how. We are concerned citizens committed to the protection of ourselves and our love ones.

  • Mrs Fabulous 1 May 12, 2009


    The race of the young man was white. Watch the video. However, the poster that you are addressing makes a valid point about race and stereotypes. Accept or not. It's real on WRAL>

  • UNCfan69 May 12, 2009

    "Unfortunately, we have too many ignorant people in our society who would rather try to insult or stereotype a particular race or socio-economic class. I've noticed on this forum that stereotyping is rampant. Not only that, but when there is a crime involving a minority(perpetrator or victim) it usually provokes the most responses, unless it is a crime(aghast reaction) like the Cary woman murdered by her husband. I digress. "

    Hey ajscratch71, did I miss the part of the story that provided the race of the person that was found dead? Maybe you can point out the comment above that mentions race? Yeah, I didn't find it either. Maybe you should look a little closer at who has issues with peoples race.