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Two charged in shooting death of Rocky Mount 15-year-old

Posted November 6, 2015
Updated November 8, 2015

Michael Antoine Lyons Jr., Te'von Lamont Mabry

— Authorities have charged two men with murder in the shooting death of a 15-year-old who was killed Friday afternoon in Rocky Mount.

Te'von Lamont Mabry, 18, and Michael Antoine Lyons Jr., 19, are each charged with first-degree murder and two counts of attempted first-degree murder in the death of Lavontae Brown.

Authorities found Brown, who had been shot, at about 1 p.m. at 1604 Pinehaven Dr. He was taken to Nash General Hospital, where he later died.

Brown was a freshman at Rocky Mount High School.

Patricia Hollingsworth, chief public information officer from Nash-Rocky Mount public schools, said grief counselors will be available on Monday for students and staff at Rocky Mount High School.

Mabry and Lyons were arrested following the shooting. Mabry is also charged with possession of a firearm by a felon. Both Mabry and Lyons were being held without bond Saturday in the Nash County jail.

Authorities said the investigation is ongoing. No further information has been released. Anyone with information that could help investigators should call the Rocky Mount Police Department at 252-972-1411 or Twin County Crime Stoppers at 252-977-1111.


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  • Tammy Rogers Nov 9, 2015
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    Thank you, Wayne! That was exactly my point. If he was sick, he should have not been out on the streets. So, yes, unfortunately, part of the blame does belong to the victim. Again, I hate this happened and sympathize with those who loved him.

  • Wayne Douglas III Nov 8, 2015
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    The only thing he was sick from, was school. He wasn't home in bed, with medicine on his night stand. He was out running the streets. Blame Tammy all you want, but if this kid was where he was supposed to be, he would not have been available, for that bullet to hit and kill him. As far as "blaming the victim", he should be blamed at least some. Sure he didn't shoot himself, but again, had be been in school, he would still be breathing.

  • Candace Williams Nov 8, 2015
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    Good job blaming the victim Tammy. Kids are known to skip school from time to time. Maybe he was sick. You don't know. Regardless of the reason he wasn't at school this was tragic that a child was shot and killed.

  • Al Carson Nov 7, 2015
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    Sad to see what my hometown has become.

  • Tammy Rogers Nov 7, 2015
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    So, why wasn't the 15 year old in school? Had he been where he was supposed to be, this might not have happened. Sorry for his family, but a truant child is usually the result of hands off parenting.

  • Rob Creekmore Nov 7, 2015
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    Child murderers don't fair well in prison.

  • Clint Williams Nov 7, 2015
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    WRAL - please investigate the RM Police Chief: James Moore.

    The Nash County Sheriff's Office has started a Gang & Drug Task Force with a former DEA agent to be combined with Nash County, Wilson County, Edgecombe County, Town of Nashville, City of Wilson, Tarboro and other local municipalities. Except Chief Moore declined to join - nor allow cross-jurisdictional access. He is ON RECORD stating drugs and guns are not an issue in Rocky Mount.

    Three days before this 15 year old was killed by KNOWN GANG MEMBERS.