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Knightdale family faces murder charges

Posted March 23, 2010

— Wake County sheriff's deputies arrested a 17-year-old woman on murder charges late Monday.

Police said Mariah Wisdom, her brother, Rajal Amed Wisdom Jr., 22, and her father, Rajal Amed Wisdom Sr., 45, all of 101 Elmridge Drive in Knightdale, all played roles in a shooting Sunday night in Raleigh.

All three face charges of first-degree murder and attempted first-degree murder.

Nigel J. Ellison, 18, and Kalife I. Johnson, 19, were shot Sunday evening at the intersection of Skycrest Drive and Southall Road in Raleigh.

Ellison was pronounced dead at WakeMed, authorities said. Johnson was treated and released.

Rajal Amed Wisdom Sr. and Rajal Amed Wisdom Jr. Knightdale family faces murder charges

Investigators said the suspects knew the victims. Sources close to the victims told WRAL News on Tuesday that Johnson was in a romantic relationship with Mariah Wisdom. Her mother declined to comment.

Mariah Wisdom was being held without bond at the Wake County jail on Tuesday. Her brother and father remain at large.

Rajal Wisdom Jr. is also known by his rap name, "Real Dynamite." He has released several songs under the local music label Hazardous LLC.

Neighbor Berard Thaxton said the younger Wisdom seemed nice. "I was very surprised, shocked," he said.

"He did have a good future in front of him, or seemed to have a good future in front of him," Wake County Sheriff Donnie Harrison said. "It's a tragedy for both families. You can't win in this situation."

Harrison said this is the first time in his career as sheriff that he has seen three members of the same family charged with first-degree murder.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of the Wisdoms is asked to call the Wake County Sheriff's Office at 919-856-6911.


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  • CarolinianByChoice Mar 24, 2010

    Amandapretty, please accept my condolences for the loss of your friend. Note: 1) News reports have not stated Ms. Wisdom was attacked, a poster here made that assumption; 2) by posting your personal attack of unverified statements/comments about her you are spreading malicious misinformation; 3) Customarily media sources have credible proof of statements before publishing them so they will not be subject to accusations/charges of libel. (This is how they “gone do they job” with due diligence)
    4) If your post is indicative of the quality of education being provided by WCPSS then we’ve got a much bigger problem than diversity that needs to be tackled.

  • flapy Mar 24, 2010

    For all the angry comments about the comment I made saying that Southall and Hedingham aren't expensive neighborhoods I wasn't trying to talk down on these two fine neighborhoods I was saying that they aren't 'expensive' they are both good middle class subdivisions and if you have been there then you would know that they are, and if you have been there and still think that they are 'expensive' or high class top notch subdivisions then obviously your perception of reality is twisted they are good normal middle class neighborhoods with good people in them they are not 'ghetto' with the exception of a few renters in the back of hedingham.

  • amandapretty Mar 24, 2010

    first of all rip nijel i miss you yooo ! and i live in southall its funny how people got so much yo say and dont know nothing ! that ugly chick wont attacked at all and nijel aint have NOTHING to do with it he was the boy ride there the chick popped pills and her dad found out and she made up a big lie got her fam all hyped and then things went downhill after ! i think all them should do time but that lieing stoopid chick should get it the worst my friend lost his life being a innocent by standard and being a nice friend it was his time to go and iknow he in hevean but dont speak on stuff you dont know nothing about - - wral gone do they job and gve the real story and then yall can speak. but dont talk junk nijel was a close friend of mine i know his family very well he wasnt in no gang ilove that boy and we will see him soon !

  • PJM Mar 24, 2010

    Okay....there maybe renters & Im not one of them however dont put people in categories. It does not matter where one lives or what occupation one is in. Criminal activity is in all neighborhoods, it may not be so apparent as a shooting or assault, but it could be behind close doors your neighbor very well maybe abusive to his/her partner....one may be target children...or better yet one may be hacking into your account and you may not even know it. Just something to think about....this situation was cruel & that adult should have taken a better approach period. Now his daughter is in jail....and they are at large.

  • CarolinianByChoice Mar 23, 2010

    It should go without saying that people are innocent until proven guilty - I got cut off!

  • CarolinianByChoice Mar 23, 2010

    It is disheartening to see comments that neighborhoods have gone downhill because a crime was committed there or someone who is wanted for a crime lives there.

    Wake up folks, crime happens EVERYWHERE, criminals can live ANYWHERE. Yes, there are areas where crimes occur more often and the population of criminals is higher, but are y’all really going to judge ALL the residents of these neighborhoods based on this one event? If this theory is true then all the upscale neighborhoods where men have murdered their wives over the last few years are all full of “trash”.

    The focus should be on the family & friends grieving because they no longer have their loved one. Another family & their friends are grieving because 3 people are accused of committing a senseless crime.

    All any of us know is what info the WCSO decides to release and how the media decides to feed it to us; none of us are privy to all the facts. It should go without saying that people are innocent until proven g

  • Frank Downtown Mar 23, 2010

    jasw2032- the townhouse section of Headingham is getto because they are mostly rentals.

  • itsmyownopinion Mar 23, 2010

    What's so funny jasw?

  • flapy Mar 23, 2010

    @ golo girl: 'hedingham and southall expensive neighborhoods' lol

  • NCSU2311 Mar 23, 2010

    dayyyuuummmm look at that hair line!!! Good lord girl. Stop playing with guns and start playing with a comb!!