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Four charged in Raleigh beating death

Posted July 19, 2010
Updated July 20, 2010

— Raleigh police arrested four men Monday in connection with the early-morning beating death of a Knightdale man at an apartment complex off Capital Boulevard.

Wedjunald Gemeille, 18, of 2905-821 Red Clay Drive; Carlos Noe Esperanza-Carranza, 28, of 2905-823 Red Clay Drive; Jerry Jerome Williams III, 23, of 700-104 Navaho Drive; and Jimel Jamal Jackson, 16, of 2930-203 Calvary Drive, each face one count of first-degree murder in the death of Pier Munoz-Chinos, 31.

Shortly after midnight Monday, Raleigh police responded to a report of an assault at Trestles Apartments, in the 2900 block of Red Clay Drive.

Munoz-Chinos was taken to WakeMed, where he died of his injuries.

Man beaten outside Raleigh apartment complex Man beaten outside Raleigh apartment complex

Investigators have not commented on a possible motive.

They ask that anyone with information that could assist in the case to call the Raleigh Police Department's Detective Division at 919-996-3555 or Raleigh Crime Stoppers at 919-834-HELP.

Court records indicate Gemeille has been arrested several times in Raleigh, including a charge of assault and battery on July 15, shoplifting and larceny on July 7 and larceny on Feb. 16.

In November 2007, he was also charged with simple assault, and in March 2008, he was arrested on charges of simple assault and communicating threats.


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  • zenachinos Jul 20, 2010

    we cannot judge those that have done this cruel and mailcious crime. God knows what is in their hearts and only God can judge.

    We must all hold on to those that we have with us on this earth right now. Hold on to them tight becuase we never know when their life will be taken instantly away from us. Live each momment and thank God every momment that we have made it through another day. Pier does not have that momment anymore but with God's promise we will be back and this whole earth will be a better place. Rev 21:3,4 and Ps.37:11.

  • zenachinos Jul 20, 2010

    My husband's cousin passed away he died for no reason at all. He was a kind person who wouldn't hurt anyone...and his life was taken suddenly.
    We are not here to judge only God knows what is in a person's heart. Only God can see what know one else can see. What we ALL must do is move on and remember the good qualities. Pier's will always be in the memories of my children. The goodness that he showed to them. It was so hard to tell my five year old that is uncle was gone. It was the hardest thing I had to do. My 13 year old was upset saying "but mom he promised, he promised he would be back" That was too hard to handle. Listening to my husband blame himself saying he should have been there. Saying "If only I was there I could have help him" The pain that my family is facing is too great. Yet God has made us a promise that he will be back. That is my focus. That is what I try to instill in my children. God will bring him back.John 5:28,29.

  • sexypooh2009 Jul 20, 2010

    navywife0609...yeah he did his dirt ah couple of times! so what havent we all..maybe not to this extreme but NOBODY IS PERFECT ! nobdy took the time out to tlk to him! no im not makin excues for him! but he was and still is my friend! nd if i feel like people need to watch what they say then ima speak on it! because his boy is somebdy son..brother..bestfriend..or something like it...my heart qoes out the person who lost there life family..bt once aqain we DONT know the situation..so DONT jump down my back because im taking up for my friend...reggie also had family issue..aqain not making excues for him...and it wasnt just him that was involved its 3 others..but nobody is speakin on them...bt whatever !!! & im not blaming anybody for what he(they) have done! im not a person that would do something like this..so just because im "supporting" him doesnt mean..im supporting the choices that he has made DOES NOT make me a person like him! & you dnt know what type of person he was ! he was ac

  • navywife0609 Jul 20, 2010

    I agree with some people saying that Gemeille should have already been in jail for his previous records. Ok sexypooh this one is for you again.....ok so you said he got caught in a bad situation...what like 3 times?? I mean seriously think about it if it was his first time ok maybe he was in the wrong place at the wrong time but being his 3 time and having larconies charges and stuff like that he needs to be put in jail but still don't know why he wasn't already. So instead of blaming other people blame him and people like you that support people like him.

  • sexypooh2009 Jul 20, 2010

    yes & i still believe that he is a good person ! lik i said just because of his past record doesnt mean anything...reggie had a good heart ! so once aqain PLS dont sit here and leave rude comments about him..because they are unnessacry...ND I SPELL THE WAY I WANT TOO..IMA GROWN WOMEN ! bt this isnt about me ! its about REGGIE ! so like i said prolli 8 times already..if you didnt know him nor the sitaution then hop off

    & to jackiea130 i guesss we are wasting our time writing the good about reggie..when we know him...i worked with him & got to know him very well & he was trying to do better...i just tlkd to him like two weeks ago :(


  • tshort Jul 19, 2010

    It saddens me tremendously to read the back and forth negativity of many of these comments. People, please don't lose sight of the fact that a life has been taken, families detroyed and devastated and the young life (and possibly several)of the accused has been ruined. Immigration status is not the issue. When will people learn to live and let live? We are all brothers and sisters. We all belong to the same human family.

    I send my most heartfelt condolences to Pier's entire family. I knew Pier as well. I met him often at family functions, most recently at a Baptism party. Zenachinos is correct in her comments about Pier. And I am sure Pier's young attacker Reggie had a good and loving side too. We find it so easy to hate and so hard to love. That's the tragedy. True enough that not all the facts are known yet and nothing can justify what occurred.

    Instead of venomous comments, please pray for the families and friends affected by this tragedy that they may find strength, comfort and

  • pbandj Jul 19, 2010

    Anyone who was working on this last night was pretty low when we found out the victim perished. I'm so proud of our RPD who were working very hard last night to get suspects into custody. All of the political comments and strong opinions are out of place on this article. This was a brutal crime and a family was devastated last night. I understand trying to stand up for a friend but if he is guilty of this, he isn't fit to walk the streets. My heart goes out to the victims family.

  • zenachinos Jul 19, 2010

    sorry scrape up the peices not scape...just too upset the Pier is gone :(

  • meh2 Jul 19, 2010

    Once again, you project mightily, writing about "commit dumb and ignorant" comments. Clean up your own house. Your mental fire power and ability to understand right from wrong are clearly limited. And all the spelling lessons you slept through might have served you well, had you possessed the capacity to learn. Grammar and punctuation - not your strong suits, apparently. Logic - you have obviously never heard of it. But you are willing to defend an alleged murderer, because you "know" him. That is pathetic. And, if we can only comment if we have been arrested for murder, then I guess we have gained some insight into your criminal history through your rantings.

    And, you should note that "youre" is not a word, but you are clearly unteachable, so I won't point out that, or your many other failings to write standard English.

  • zenachinos Jul 19, 2010

    Pier was my husband's cousin. He was a very quiet guy. Very sweet, loved children. When he came to visit us last month my children fell immediately in love with him. He spent his time talking to the kids and playing with them. He played ball with my boys and told them to stay out of trouble. That it was not worth their lives to get into gangs. He told them to study hard. That they have their whole lives ahead of them. My son who is 13 really looked up to him. When he left to go back home he promised my kids he will be back. Now what am i going to tell them. It is sad to see a life cut so short. My husband is taking death extremely hard. Now we have to scape up the peices and move on without him. Pier you will be greatly missed.