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Knightdale father, son arrested on murder charges

Posted March 25, 2010
Updated March 31, 2010

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— A Knightdale father and son wanted on murder charges were arrested Thursday in Alpharetta, Ga., authorities said.

Police said Rajal Amed Wisdom Jr., 22, his father, Rajal Amed Wisdom Sr., 45, and his sister Mariah Wisdom, 17, 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 arrested on Tuesday. Her father and brother were being held at the Fulton County jail in Georgia, officials said.

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

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  • hardwork919 Mar 26, 2010

    "Thank you, Therampy. This family had a gun with them when they confronted the victims. I'm sorry but most people I know do not carry weapons unless they're hunting or planning to do something they shouldn't do. And I also don't understand where all of you get off calling everyone with an opinion racist. I don't recall seeing anyone on here making any inappropriate comments due to the color of their skin." tj27604

    LOL I know plenty of people that carry guns with no intention on using them unless they have to. You think the only people who have guns are hunters, criminals or those with criminal intentions? If that were the case, the 2nd Amendment would serve no purpose...

  • jacmmvp21 Mar 26, 2010

    I actually went to school with Rajad(22) at East Wake High. I can't really say I am surprised. He was always a class dumb__s and was notoriously known for his bad temper.

    Can you say "Karma?"

  • wildcat Mar 26, 2010

    I don't recall seeing anyone on here making any inappropriate comments due to the color of their skin.

    Thanks for your comments. All races committe crime in some form are fashion.

  • tj27604 Mar 26, 2010

    Thank you, Therampy. This family had a gun with them when they confronted the victims. I'm sorry but most people I know do not carry weapons unless they're hunting or planning to do something they shouldn't do.

    And I also don't understand where all of you get off calling everyone with an opinion racist. I don't recall seeing anyone on here making any inappropriate comments due to the color of their skin.

  • wildcat Mar 26, 2010

    Whats so sad about this story is that the father committed the crime right along with his son. Obviously, he did not know himself how to teach him right from wrong. Hopefully, they will be separated in prison. I wonder where his mother was in all of this. Not blaming her.

  • BJ2010 Mar 26, 2010

    I almost wonder would the post read the same if a father of another race met with the guy dating his daughter, and the guy ended up being shot. Some would say, "Good job father for staying in your daughter's life and protecting her since the courts will just let him out." Some would say, "That guy must have done something mighty bad for a father and brother to have to go meet him.." Some things never change...

  • Therampy Mar 26, 2010

    I would like to believe that this was just an argument spinning out for control due to passions for love and kin, but the wisdom's brought their gun with them. While I know people who do drive around with guns, none have been convicted of manslaughter in the past. This leads me to believe that they had decided what they wanted to do deep down in advance of the meeting. It may be that either the father or son had no idea the other had a gun until it was too late, but that seems less likely since they charged the daughter.

  • czaadonis Mar 26, 2010

    you know instead of trying to blame the music isnt it possible that things went bad out there that day for everyone involved a life was taken and now 3 lives are change forever, violence is violence weather its black or white
    and garnerwolf they can be described as good kids if infact this kid hasn't had any other problems with the law believe it or not things do escalate out of control seems like in this situation the father and son couldn't reel in their emotions and something tragic ends up being the end result

  • sweet4you Mar 26, 2010

    They both are good kids and quite smart. Stop rushing to judgment people. Most of you know nothing about the what happened so keep your racist comments to yourself please for no one is interested.

  • Garnerwolf1 Mar 26, 2010

    ..."by all accounts he & the victim were both good kids." People have some strange definitions for "good".

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