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Tempers flare in courthouse after Raleigh shooting

Posted December 28, 2015

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— Wake County deputies had to step in Monday to prevent an altercation between the friends of a Winston-Salem State University student who was killed in Raleigh last week and relatives of her accused killer.

Kari Onyea Watson, 18, was shot Wednesday night in the 2800 block of Filbert Street.

Xavier JaQuan Sanders, 21, was arrested the following day and charged with murder and assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill. He remains in the Wake County jail without bond.

Sanders made his first court appearance on Monday, and anger and grief spilled over into a confrontation between his family and Watson's friends as the two groups left the courtroom.

"Nobody knows what happened, but me and my brother was out. That's what I'm saying. This is all a big misunderstanding," Sanders' brother, Tyrek Sanders, said after emotions had cooled.

In a 911 call released Monday, a man told a dispatcher that Watson had been shot in the head.

"I got out of the car, and someone opened fire," the distraught man told the dispatcher. "I got shot too."

Police found Dre'kwon Bagley, 18, with a gunshot wound to the leg. He was taken to WakeMed for treatment.

A house on Filbert Street was riddled with bullet holes.

The man told the dispatcher that the gunman simply walked away after the shooting.

Watson had been pursuing a degree in education at Winston-Salem State, according to the school. Her funeral is set for Saturday at Body of Christ Church in Raleigh.

Bagley, who was Watson's boyfriend, wore a sweatshirt with her picture in court Monday, along with a necklace bearing an image of her face.

"She got something to say," Bagley said.

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  • Tonya Freeman Dec 31, 2015
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    The BLM crowd will be more worried about whether or not the cops roughed up these th*gs during arrest, and not what happened to the beautiful baby or her mother. Black lives, black PAIN like this mother went through doesn't matter to them. THIS, THIS is why you common th*gs are profiled...because when left to run in society unchecked and unwatchable - THIS is the mess they do! The rest of society - black, white, green, yellow - we all deserve to live in society without worrying about being terrorized by these TH*GS. These are not black MEN.......and until us black folks learn to DISASSOCIATE with this criminal and evil element, the world will continue to view BLM as a joke, which it is. THIS BABY'S LIFE MATTERED. HER MOTHERS LIFE MATTERED. THIS COMMUNITY OF PEOPLE TRYING TO ENJOY A PEACEFUL CHRISTMAS MORNING MATTERED. You can say whatever but everyone knows we have the biggest issue with this than any other race. STOP BEING OSTRICHES, get your head out of the sand.

  • Tonya Freeman Dec 31, 2015
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    EXACTLY.

  • Tonya Freeman Dec 31, 2015
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    Ignoring the fact that an evil, misguided subculture of black men are SLAUGHTERING our children and innocent people, is what's misguided and disingenuous. I'd much rather take my chances with a cop, than your average th*g, thank you very much.

  • Tonya Freeman Dec 31, 2015
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    Because the whole movement is based off manufactured rage, and of no REAL substance. I guess the corpses of our children aren't worthy enough, of you and your BLM friends, right? Who cares about Maleah Williams, and Kari Watson, and countless other innocent lives taken by th*gs.

  • Chris Christian Dec 29, 2015
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    I think you summed it up perfect Tripp... and people like Roscoe cannot and will not ever understand the reason for the Black Lives Matter movement. It is about the ones that are supposed to PROTECT AND SERVE murdering Black citizens. Noone ever said it was only about whites killing blacks. Some people just don't want to accept that fact and just want to keep racism alive. Nowhere in this article references BLM but as usual it's thrown up to stir the pot.

  • Roscoe P Coltrane Dec 29, 2015
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    And you have proven my point Tripp. Here is your quote..."BLM is focused on interaction of THE POLICE with black people"

    You said it boo boo. BLM is only relevant, when the police are involved. That right there, tells me that since the victim and assailant were black, and at the time of the murder no police were involved, she (Ms. Watson) didn't matter.

  • Sonja Yagel Dec 29, 2015
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    If they did no crime they would have no reason to have any problems with the police. I don't have any problems with police, but I am not breaking the law.

  • Tripp Weiland Dec 29, 2015
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    I am not trying to debate the principles of the BLM movement. I am only pointing out that trying to conflate BLM with civilian on civilian crime is disingenuous at best and ignorant at worst.
    It would be like trying to argue with protesters outside a Planned Parenthood that they should protest the maternity ward because not all fetuses survive there either.
    I am have not studied all aspects of BLM I just know what they are protesting and it is not civilian on civilian crime. And another point of contention is that BLM objects to police of any race shooting black people not just white officers.

  • Linda Hudgins Dec 29, 2015
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    : Police interaction with people is based on the behavior of the people the police are interacting with. If someone tries to assault an officer, and/or points a gun at them...the officers are going to respond accordingly. What, I wonder, is the percentage of blacks who interact adversely with police vs. whites that do? Could the brawl at the mall in Kentucky this weekend be any indicator? Kids cursing at officers, trying to punch them, refusing to leave private property when told by police. Yeah....we hear about black youth doing that kind of thing often, especially in mobs. How many news stories are there of white youth doing the same? It's a culture within the black community that the black community must address.

  • Linda Hudgins Dec 29, 2015
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    : It is not difficult to hit a target with a pistol. Ask the children and people killed by handguns handled by untrained people. And it doesn't matter that he was 12 years old. Age has no bearing on the effectiveness of a bullet shot from a gun. LE do not normally wear bullet-proof vests. Officers who defend their own lives against someone with a gun, are not cowards. They are paid to enforce the law, not to sacrifice their lives when someone chooses to wave a gun around in public and aim it at people. Even more so when they have a toy that has been deliberately altered to look real. When fireman refuse to go into a building engulfed in flames because it is in danger of collapse, do you call them cowards too?

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