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Shooting spurs call to end violence in southeast Raleigh

Posted May 27, 2009
Updated September 26, 2009

— A fatal shooting in southeast Raleigh has spurred community leaders there to rally neighbors together in an effort to end the violence.

The Memorial Day slaying of Rodriquez D’Shay Burrell, 18, prompted Dan Coleman, president of the Raleigh Wake Citizens Association, to plan a vigil and a march for noon on Saturday in an effort to bring the issue to the forefront of the community.

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Six of the city's eight homicides this year have occurred in southeast Raleigh.

Burrell, the latest victim, was sitting outside his father's house at 500 Haywood St., when he was shot several times, including once in the head, his mother, Tammy Crowder, said.

"I knew one day – I (told him), 'Rodriguez, slow down, those streets are going to kill you,’" she said. "I'm still waiting on my baby to come home. It hasn't hit me yet."

Crowder said he was recently released in prison, having served time for an involvement with drugs. Police have not identified any suspects in his death.

"It just seems to be getting a little much," Coleman said. "A lot of people that are in this area are without jobs – hopelessness – and then, there are just some people that are naturally inclined not to do the right thing."

Raleigh police said Wednesday that despite the homicides, violent crime – homicide, rape, robbery and aggravated assault – is down nearly 11 percent in the southeast Raleigh police district. Property crimes, such as burglaries and larcenies, are about the same as last year.

Police Chief Harry Dolan credits the progress to an increased police presence and a police substation in the area.

"These crimes that have been committed by individuals bent on disorder," Dolan said. "With good community support, hoodlums will go to jail. But most importantly, we're going to look to the future for the next generation."

Saturday's rally, at the corner of South Haywood and East Cabarrus streets, is aimed, organizers said, to help prevent further crimes such as Burrell's death.

"We have to turn these tragedies into a call for action," Dolan said.


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  • ambidextrous cat May 28, 2009

    The best idea to get rid of crime is required intelligence testing for future parents! It should be required. Parents who score lowly should be advised not to have children. The test would be created by men,women,blacks,whites,asians and hispanics so it would be fair. Excessive breeding is what causes crime. I'm not truly serious about this but these criminals are serious about hurting you and any one who gets in their way! I wouldn't mind if they were locked up for good! I would gladly pay to be safe from those monsters. Most crimes are commited against the poor. High poverty areas would be safer if people actually paid for their crimes. Do you know how high the recividism rate is for murderers and rapists?

  • dwf1205 May 28, 2009

    They're calling for an increased police presence? As if the police are actually required to protect you and me? The answer to this is, believe it or not, to arm the People. The problem is that it's so hard to get handguns that most law abiding citizens won't bother, especially those who've been harassed by the police in the past. I suggest people in that area start doing the open-carry thing, letting thugs and criminals know that law abiding citizens can and will resist!

  • mproctor2 May 27, 2009

    parent involvement.............

  • MarcoPolo May 27, 2009

    I also like the ones at nights. At those parties, they give away candles.

  • MarcoPolo May 27, 2009

    My favorite ones are with marching and music.

  • MarcoPolo May 27, 2009

    DeathRow-IFeelYourPain-NOT- you nailed it.

    EVERYBODY loves a good party, I mean virgil. Durham does have the market cornered on it too. But hey, Raleigh can give it a good shot.

  • DeathRow-IFeelYourPain-NOT May 27, 2009

    "...to plan a vigil and a march for noon on Saturday in an effort to bring the issue to the forefront of the community."

    Good luck with that. Durham's been doing that for a decade or two. Nothing changes. Because they aren't addressing the root of the problem. No change will ever take place until parents become a 'parent' to their children. Too many kids in these neighborhoods allowed to roam free without supervision. Less time spent with parents means less of life's lessons learned while growing up. SOme parents are capable of teaching right from wrong. Some are not. But until parents reel in their kids and keep them from learning the "way of the thug", nothing will EVER change. As I said, good luck with your vigils and stuff. Have fun with that.