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Cary residents meet with police after weekend shooting

Posted April 14, 2010
Updated April 15, 2010

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— Cary police met with residents from an apartment complex Wednesday night to share details and answer questions about a weekend homicide.

Cary residents meet with police after shooting Cary residents meet with police after shooting

“I felt like I was in the dark and really wanted to know what was going on,” resident Melony Mangum said.

About 75 residents attended the meeting at the clubhouse of The Grove at Cary, at 4545 Cary Glen Blvd. Security hired by the property owner kept media from attending.

"We've come together with the community to give them an aspect of what's going on in the investigation and how to be safe in their community," Capt. Michael Williams said.

The shooting early Saturday was the town’s first homicide since 2008. Police said 28-year-old Jibrael Menelik, of Apex, died after being shot in the breezeway of a building at 700 Pony Club Circle. Three neighbors, including one who knew Menelik, called 911 just after 2 a.m.

The first caller said she heard two men arguing them a gunshot.

A second caller said someone was arguing with her boyfriend.

"I could hear my boyfriend still telling them, 'Yeah man I will give you what you want or whatever,'” the woman told the dispatcher.

The woman said she locked herself in a bedroom with her son. She heard a bang and said she thought he boyfriend had been shot.

“You think they shot your boyfriend?” the dispatcher asked the woman.

“Yes, because I heard a gunshot and they were trying to get in the room that we were in, and I threw my son out the window, and I jumped out behind him,” the woman replied.

A third 911 caller said he saw a woman running from the apartment.

"There was a woman who ran out of the apartment with a child," the neighbor told the dispatcher.

That neighbor also said he saw a man running towards a wooded area.

No suspects have been named in the slaying of Menelik, and police have said they don't know whether he knew his killer.

Residents on Wednesday said they saw police this week searching the wooded area. They said police would not say if they found anything.

"These types of investigations never go as fast as we want, but we are taking steps to make sure we're doing it the right way and done correctly," Williams said.

Anyone who was in the area at the time of the shooting should call Cary police at 919-469-4012 or Crime Stoppers at 919-226-2746. Crime Stoppers pays cash rewards for up $2,500 for information leading to charges in felony cases, and callers never have to identify themselves.

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  • LifeIsWhatYouMakeIt Apr 15, 2010

    Yes, crime and murders happen. Being someone who lives in this amartment complex this situation has made it hard to sleep at night. I am proud to live in Cary and I am very grateful to the Cary police for their responce to this. There is so much more to comment on, but I will keep it to myself.

  • DeathRow-IFeelYourPain-NOT Apr 15, 2010

    Three types of murders I don't worry about in Cary. One is a domestic murder. Those happen everywhere and only pertain to THAT family. The second is where the victim isn't a citizen of Cary. They brought trouble with them. The third is murders at apartments. Those people are in and out so quick, they aren't naturalized citizens of Cary. Show me a few murders in Cary that is not one of those. If you can, then Cary has something to worry about. But you can't. Which is why Cary is one of the safest cities in the country.

  • Groovy Apr 15, 2010

    Cary has a reputation of being above reproach for feeling like they are better than normal people. People kill people, you can't move anywhere and have the guarantee that it will not happen in your neighborhood because of money or education. That said, I wish all communities were like them. Expect that no one will murder someone else and make a big deal out of it if it does.

  • the genius Apr 15, 2010

    this is reality people. people get murdered. its bad but thats how it is. sometimes cary people think they are excluded from serious crimes and it is really funny to me. they go haywire whenever something like this happens and to me it is silly. i hope they catch the guy or whatever but this is reality and people need to understand this EVEN CARY RESIDENTS!

  • wrx44 Apr 15, 2010

    Well....they don't know who killed the guy right?....so any info from the public could help. So you put his picture in the media and see if you get any insight/tips. That is my point. The last two murders in Cary were done by spouses....we saw those pictures soon as the murders happened. Why is this different?...and would you not help your case by at least letting people see who the victim is in case someone recognizes him...i.e...Oh, yeah...that guy...he had a issue with another acquaintance, etc...that kind of thing.

  • cary1969 Apr 15, 2010

    now what in the world would a picture do for you? who cares what the victim looks like.

  • wrx44 Apr 15, 2010

    How come we haven't seen a picture of the victim in this case?....