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Police: No known links between barbershop gunman, victim

Posted August 10, 2010

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— Police said Tuesday that they haven't found any previous relationship between a man killed Monday at a downtown Raleigh barbershop and the man charged in his death.

Roger Onaje McKenzie, 23, of 2300 Blacklan Circle, was charged with first-degree murder in the death of James Edward Hamer, 29, of Raleigh.

Hamer was getting his hair cut at Total Styles and Cuts shortly after 9 a.m. Monday when a gunman entered the shop, at 203 E. Cabarrus St., shot him and fled.

Police haven't disclosed what evidence led to McKenzie's arrest several hours later or a possible motive in the case. They said McKenzie had been a customer of Total Styles and Cuts, which remained closed Tuesday.

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  • TravelinMan Aug 11, 2010

    Recognizing the origins of society's ills is not counterproductive, the fact that there are still people in positions of authority who have the same mindset and use the same actions for the same reasons is.
    NCAries

    A society can heal & overcome it's beginnings just as America has done. The problems of the past are just that(the past) & to verify this look at the office of the President. We as citizens should bask in the glory that is modern day America & not re-hash the old days before equal rights. You & I cannot correct the errors of our forefathers ways we must instead expound on the vision they had for this great country & move forward, we must unite as a nation for one day instead of being each other's enemy we may share a common enemy who will force us to overcome and become One Nation, Under God,INDIVISIBLE with LIBERTY and JUSTICE for ALL.

  • NCAries Aug 11, 2010

    As far as never forgetting your history I agree you shouldn't ;however,you can't let it dictate your future by harboring old resentments that are counterproductive to achieving all you set your mind too. TravelinMan

    Recognizing the origins of society's ills is not counterproductive, the fact that there are still people in positions of authority who have the same mindset and use the same actions for the same reasons is.

  • NCAries Aug 11, 2010

    I want it all without any effort or hard work & a total expectation of I'll get it any way I can. TravelinMan

    That attitude came after the generations of frustration of I just want a fair chance to be able to get a job and take care of my family...that history thing again. There are a lot of people out there who would rather work if given the opportunity to, but those that have controlled the system for so long have messed it up for everyone trying to keep certain ones out.

  • bronzegoddess40 Aug 11, 2010

    Of course it's a race issue. The murderer probably thought that the guy in the barber's chair "disrespected" him by being there first and not jumping up to allow him to sit down. How many other "cultures" in this country use that as an excuse to kill people?---"Day disrespected me"
    jsmckee

    This post shows just ignorant you are.

  • TravelinMan Aug 11, 2010

    Someone should have told that to the Klan and those first Europeans that found their way here to kill up all the Indians and any other person of color along the way to here and now. Don't forget your history...today's societal problems are a direct result of the abuse of yesteryears...the decendants of the abused are having problems and the decendants of the abusers are as well...never forget your history.
    NCAries

    NCAries todays' problem with society is I want it all without any effort or hard work & a total expectation of I'll get it any way I can. As far as never forgetting your history I agree you shouldn't ;however,you can't let it dictate your future by harboring old resentments that are counterproductive to achieving all you set your mind too. As far as this shooting it again is senseless and wasteful of not one but two lives without including all the family & friends who will be affected by it. We all need to quit living our lives like a movie & realize the consequences of our

  • Just the facts mam Aug 11, 2010

    This is a culture problem - not a skin color problem.

  • NCAries Aug 11, 2010

    One major problem with the suspects culture is there is way too much senseless violence.
    jesmyopinion

    Someone should have told that to the Klan and those first Europeans that found their way here to kill up all the Indians and any other person of color along the way to here and now. Don't forget your history...today's societal problems are a direct result of the abuse of yesteryears...the decendants of the abused are having problems and the decendants of the abusers are as well...never forget your history.

  • sweet4you Aug 11, 2010

    "One major problem with the suspects culture is there is way too much senseless violence"

    Is this comment even necessary? I can't believe you are making a race issue out of it. Next thing you know Mr. President will be the cause. Give me a break!

  • bronzegoddess40 Aug 11, 2010

    One major problem with the suspects culture is there is way too much senseless violence.
    jesmyopinion

    Suspect's culture? Seems to me that there is senseless violence in just about every culture all over the world throughout history and today.

  • rargos Aug 11, 2010

    "I hope that this case is eligible for the death penalty, and that it is pursued."

    So it can then be appealed using the state's new Racial Justice Act (like 119 of the 159 death row inmates just did, according to today's News and Observer).

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