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Arrest made in fatal Raleigh shooting of teen

Posted December 23, 2015
Updated December 24, 2015

Xavier JaQuan Sanders
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— Police arrested a man Thursday in connection with a Wednesday night shooting in Raleigh that left one teen dead and another wounded.

Xavier JaQuan Sanders, 21, was charged with murder and assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill.

Officers were dispatched to a shooting call in the 2800 block of Filbert Street at about 9:45 p.m.

Neighbors in the area said that they heard several shots ring out, followed by the sound of screaming.

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

A couple blocks away, police found that Kari Onyea Watson, 18, had also been shot. She died from her wounds.

Watson was a student at Wintson-Salem State University and had been pursuing a degree in education, according to the school.

Police said the shooting, which remains under investigation, wasn't random, but they provided no other details.

Sanders has had previous convictions for breaking and entering, larceny and shoplifting, according to state Department of Public Safety records.

Sanders was being held at the Wake County Detention Center without bond and is scheduled to appear in court on Dec. 28.

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  • Roscoe P Coltrane Dec 26, 2015
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    Because the prisons and jails are too full. Same reason Barry is releasing 8,500 felons.

  • Nick EffinAmaziin Dec 25, 2015
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    "Sanders has had previous convictions for breaking and entering, larceny and shoplifting, according to state Department of Public Safety records."

    Sooo, why is he out on the streets able to commit tradegies such as this..Justice sytem is fckf

  • Justin Case Dec 25, 2015
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    Xavier JaQuan Sanders is going to be someones Christmas present in prison. Jingling his bells :-),,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

  • Robert J. Howarth Sr Dec 25, 2015
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    Heart goes out to the young ladies family. Wonder if Xavier passed all the back ground checks when he got his gun.

  • Melvin Denis Dec 25, 2015
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    An awful lot of blacks don't think black lives matter or they wouldn't be killing each other. When will people learn that all lives matter and stop the killing? Peace on Earth.

  • Roger Chance Dec 24, 2015
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    A witness described "hearing blue sirens". Who had the most homicides per 100k population Raleigh, Durham, Chicago, or Detroit. My money is on Durham. Give me some demographics, i.e., age, race, sex.

  • Justin Case Dec 24, 2015
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    His bells will be jingling

  • LetsBeFair Dec 24, 2015

    How did it all end up like this? what a mess.

  • Cynthia Wilson Dec 24, 2015
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    Wow Jim and Megan! Both of you are heartless. Remember what goes around comes around. Now don't get upset when someone makes light of your pain. WOW

  • Joe Welch Dec 24, 2015
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    Wow..Making a joke at the expense of a dead child and another wounded? On Christmas Eve no less? I hope you never feel the pain these families are enduring... But if you do, hopefully no one will be low enough to make a joke out of it.

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