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Police: Gangs could be responsible for Fayetteville player's death

Posted July 15, 2011

— Police said Friday that a shooting at a Raeford Road club two weeks ago was gang-related, and gangs might be responsible for the subsequent slaying of a former Pine Forest High School football player.

Members of the So Icey and GMC, or Get Money Click, gangs began fighting inside and outside of Club Ciroc, at 6323 Raeford Road, early July 2, police said.

At some point, a member of the GMC gang shot Joseph "Gotti" Cason, 17, in the leg. Police identified Cason as a So Icey gang member.

The gunfire scattered club patrons, including William Trower and his friends, police said.

About 15 minutes later, a dark-colored vehicle pulled alongside of Trower's white Chrysler Sebring convertible and fired at least one shot, police said.

Trower, 18, was hit in the head and lost control of his car, which crashed into another vehicle on Raeford Road, police said. He died the next day at UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill.

Trower graduated last month from Pine Forest High, where he was a standout football player. His former coach said he planned to enroll at a junior college in California this fall.

Darian "Boom Boom" Hogan, 18, of Odom Drive in Fayetteville , has been charged with assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury in connection with the nightclub shooting. Police identified him as a GMC gang member.

No one has been charged in Trower's death.

Anyone with information about the shootings is asked to call Fayetteville police at 910-489-3925 or Crime Stoppers at 910-483-8477.


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  • carroln Jul 21, 2011

    line of duty; Good job and i commend you for getting it together!! Thanks

  • carroln Jul 21, 2011

    wonder if this odom drive is the one in grays creek . I live close to there and have heard of the "gmc" bunch of houdlums. I cant understand why any one would want to let that kind of riff raff run the streets. If they are known gang members then i say lets catch them and deport them out of the county. Ban them from comming back to the county they are in and have the neighboring county to do the same until they are out of this state! Eventually they will end up in the ocean hopefuly. They are a weak group of people that cannot make it on their own. They have to travel in groups and attack people from behind and in suprise, a true sign of weakness. Let the citizens handle it and you will see the problem go away. Moose Butler sure aint gonna do it. thats the problem in cumberland county!!

  • drm7382 Jul 19, 2011

    i live in raleigh most of these young boys and girls join for protection and also just to fit in at least in my area

  • Rebelyell55 Jul 15, 2011

    How do you think the Mexican drug cartel got started? What do you think a gang member does, protect the gang's terroritory where they do buisness. What happens in Cal. soon comes here. Even earthquakes.

  • bombayrunner Jul 15, 2011

    The war thing is not bad ... it is known that gang members make outstanding marines ... I know. They are usually quite reformed afterward.

  • bbrown07 Jul 15, 2011

    Should just send them over to the war zones and bring the Dads Home

  • Retired07 Jul 15, 2011

    Can you even imagine what Fayetteville, Durham, Rocky Mount, and our whole country could be like if it were free of the GANG element. They are worse than international terrorist by far. Put the law enforcement on to the Home Grown Terrorism rather than looking all over the world for them.

  • bigal02282 Jul 15, 2011

    I've got a GREAT idea for a gang initiation. Hand the prospective new member a gun and tell him he has to shoot himself in the head before he can join the team. And if he doesn't do that, the gang will just have to repo his birthday cause NO ONE doesn't join up wid da crew... or summin like dat.

  • bombayrunner Jul 15, 2011

    Was in a gang 30 years ago, had no choice in California where I was at. So I joind the military, went to college, got a job got married, had kids ... my gang friends, all dead, prison, still gang banging and low-riding. I'm the only sane one ... cant go back there.

  • bombayrunner Jul 15, 2011

    docbar85 - really??? What if parents just minded their kids, think that would keep them out of gangs? Why do the tax paysers have to keep kids out of gangs?