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Police investigate fatal shooting in southeast Raleigh

Posted July 2, 2015

— Police were in southeast Raleigh early Thursday to investigate a fatal shooting.

The shooting occurred at about 4:15 a.m. in the 700 block of Quarry Street, about two blocks east of Ligon Middle School.

James Elvin Alston III, 23, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Diana Powell, executive director of Justice Serve North Carolina, a nonprofit that helps young people in the criminal justice system, said she mentored Alston, who was turning his life around after previous trouble with the law. He had three children with his longtime girlfriend and was taking classes at Wake Technical Community College while holding down a job, she said.

"You see the good. You see the potential. You see the success in a person. You want to grab that treasure that’s inside of them and make it grow That’s what he was doing one step at a time, one day at a time," Powell said. "James was changing. I saw the change in him. I saw it, and I believed in him."

Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call Raleigh Crime Stoppers at 919-834-HELP or visit raleighcrimestoppers.org for text and email reporting options.


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  • Kenneth Brewer Jul 3, 2015
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    I just want to tell truth, not judge or put down. Maybe truth would discourage others from getting into that life. Have you scoped his facebook? He was gang dude. And he was teaching his little kids to be gang. I am very sad for him, his family and friends and that whole neighborhood over there by Ligon Middle School. But truth to power. Truth to positive change. Not burying our heads in the sand and denying what is real.

  • Montel Burnette Jul 3, 2015
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    Really? A guy who was trying to turn his life around was brutally murdered and all you want to do is post negative stuff about him? Come on dude. How about some compassion.
    And just a FYI. Not all hand gestures or handshakes are gang related.
    Some are just a family thing or a neighborhood thing. Not gang.

  • Kenneth Brewer Jul 2, 2015
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    Condolences to family and friends. Scrolling his facebook early this morning I was kind of shocked to see how ganged up that neighborhood beside Ligon Middle has become. He said he was a "renegade", flying blue and red together, but lots of crips and bloods throwing signs in his pics and videos. It's creepy, having all that next door to a middle school.

  • Stephen Believable Jul 2, 2015
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    It's a shame for this to happen to anybody, and for someone trying to turn things around... though its hard to say what, if anything, he was mixed up in. Hopefully someone will step up and give some info to get a total SOB off of the streets. What happened to a good old fashioned fight when things got out of hand? As long as things are kept one on one, most times you end up being friends afterwards. Scared to take a whoopin'.

  • Marcy Lyn Jul 2, 2015
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    Just because he is black, doesn't mean he was brought up fatherless ?
    Ban Guns ? Try banning Criminals !
    If Criminals couldn't get guns, they would kill with knives !

  • Djofraleigh Anderson Jul 2, 2015
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    Anyone seeing the sincere emotional outflow of Diana Powell, who went to the scene, can believe she believed in him and cared about him. The young man had face to face support, had hope, had a chance with support, and still this came to pass. I'm guessing he was brought up fatherless and now so will be his children. We can try to ban guns (which has not worked) and use curfews (which aren't workable long) but my experience says to start early to help young males (black or white) with father issues. How many troubled young men share these 3 things: 1. mother had first baby as a teen; 2. father not in the home; 3. poor reader? President Obama has tried to address the 'absent father' even citing his own case. Yes, most of those teen mothers are successful, and they need to share their life lessons and skills with other mothers.

  • Djofraleigh Anderson Jul 2, 2015
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    Such as this is happening to the extreme in Detroit. Google 'shooting Detroit' and get:
    27 shot, 3 dead in weekend shootings across Detroit
    Detroit Free Press
    Jun 23, 2015 - The crime was worse than normal in a city that's averaging 17.6 nonfatal shootings and 5.2 homicides per week this year. "

    Something besides or beyond what is being done has to be done.

  • Djofraleigh Anderson Jul 2, 2015
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    The change in the victim's life didn't include being on the street at 4am. Aside from what's inside a person, going outside and time and place must be a part of the advisement.