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Police: Fayetteville teen killed in gang gunfight

Posted June 25, 2014

Ravon Jordan addresses the Fayetteville City Council on May 12, 2014, about violence in the city and at a crime-ridden apartment complex.

— Authorities say a teenager who spoke about gun violence at a Fayetteville City Council meeting was killed in a gunfight between two gangs.

Police told The Fayetteville Observer that 19-year-old Ravon Jordan was shot in the head Sunday during a gang gunfight at a house party attended by more than 70 teens. Police Chief Howard Medlock says the gang members fired at least 70 shots.

Authorities said Jordan died Monday.

On May 12, Jordan told council members that violence in Fayetteville needed to stop. He advocated for closing an apartment complex where he said at least four murders had occurred. Jordan speaks at the 52 minute mark.

Fayetteville police spokesman Lt. Todd Joyce said authorities are looking for clues in surveillance footage taken from a convenience store near the house where the party occurred.

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  • 678devilish Jun 27, 2014

    My sincere condolences to the family and many friends. Just wishing our young black men would learn from this death, but they will not and will continue to do what they do. Pray for all our young black men and other races too.

  • 678devilish Jun 27, 2014

    He spoke about the crime where he lived, but why was he at the party. Our young men especially will never learned. Its how some parents are raising and teaching them. Remember too, its babies having babies.

  • 68_dodge_polara Jun 26, 2014

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    But don't you see that how we can start to address these issues! Well unless they turn in to a Barber rant about placing blame on everything else that doesn't actually have anything to do with the root cause of the problems. We need to talk and define what it is to be responsible parents and hold each other accountable when our kids are found to be out at a party in the early hours in the morning or any where for that matter except in bed.

  • phillipaj1391 Jun 26, 2014

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    Southgate is not a "high crime" or "at risk" or gang infested area. It's usually a nice little neighborhood.

  • Billy the Kid Jun 26, 2014

    A huge change of culture is needed. Until then, city council meetings, marches, and demanding peace won't do anything. Do not hold your breath!

  • allenmga Jun 26, 2014

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    Big thanks out to the hip hop culture as well. A majority of these guys that rap about clapping 9's and slinging drugs are college educated and never lived the life they rap about. 2 Chainz, Ludacris, Mos Def, David Banner, J Cole....just to name a few.

    As long as drug dealing and other criminal activity is glamorized by the hip hop industry, things won't change. It's sad that street cred and tear drops mean more than finishing high school, getting a diploma, and making a respectful living.

    But why would dems care to change that? This is their voting base.

  • rickandlinda88 Jun 26, 2014

    was he in the wrong place or did he not practice what he preached..either way a young life is cut short..again...drugs and gangs..a curse upon this land..when will these young people learn..gangs = death...

  • disgusted2010 Jun 26, 2014

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    This attitude IS THE PROBLEM. It is not "gun" violence, it is not "gang" violence. It is violence committed by people, sorry people. Please stop sugar coating the problem by blaming groups and inanimate objects.

    Gangs would not proliferate if there were real family structures in place. If you want to blame someone/something other than the people then blame the "Great Society" entitlements that started this in the first place.

  • disgusted2010 Jun 26, 2014

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    Just remember, gun control is NOT about guns, its about CONTROL. These people have no shame and will use any and all excuses to control others. They use emotion to pass worthless laws that: 1) do nothing to aid the problem, 2) suppress the rights of honest citizens, 3) are NOT ENFORCED, 4) and the worst part of it, they don't want those laws on the books enforced because this allows them to say they do not work and then they can pass more restrictions.

    Remember, its about CONTROL.

  • boysmom Jun 26, 2014

    I think it's sad that he spoke out against gang/gun violence and then put himself into the very situation where it could happen. A house party attended by 70 or more in an area where you know gun and gang violence is a problem...he should have avoided being there to start with.

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