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Rocky Mount police offer rewards in homicide, shooting

Posted January 29, 2014

Four people were shot behind Word Tabernacle Church on Edwards Street in Rocky Mount on Jan. 27, 2014. (Zac Gooch/WRAL)
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— Police on Wednesday offered rewards for information leading to arrests in two recent Rocky Mount shootings.

Brian Freeman, 15, was shot to death Jan. 18 as he walked home with a friend on East Highland Ave., police said. The shots were fired from a passing car.

Police said they have received some credible leads in the case, but no arrests have been made.

On Monday, four youths were shot on the basketball court behind Word Tabernacle Church on Edwards Street. Three of the victims, Antwon Jefferson, 13, Michael Lyons, 17 and Jakavis Whaley, 19, received minor injuries, but 12-year-old Nyreek Horne remains in critical condition at Vidant Medical Center in Greenville.

The gunman fled in a light-colored SUV that was parked nearby, police said.

The Rocky Mount Police Department is offering a $5,000 reward in each case. For more information, call Lt. Brandon Medina at 252-343-3181.


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  • Hip-Shot Jan 30, 2014

    Probably nobody will come forward to claim the reward(s) as both appear to be gang related. Rocky Mount has turned into a dangerous place, especially after dark.

  • abwhite88 Jan 30, 2014

    What would possess someone to shoot at 4 teenagers playing basketball and minding their own business?