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Second Man Charged in Fayetteville Shooting

Posted May 25, 2007

— Authorities have arrested a second man in connection with a fatal shooting in Fayetteville.

Keonte Devon Purcell, 17, of Raeford, has been charged with first-degree murder, conspiracy to commit first-degree murder, discharging a weapon into occupied property and attempted first-degree murder.

Police said Jourdhan Phillips, 18, was shot when a vehicle pulled alongside the car in which he was riding near the intersection of Morganton Road and Hearthstone Drive on May 6. He was taken to Cape Fear Valley Medical Center where he later died.

Another man, Terrance McLaughlin, 20, was arrested May 16 and charged with accessory after the fact.


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  • diver May 27, 2007

    What a surpise. Another black youth with a gun. It's no wonder the black population is continually dragged down.

  • gjp032 May 26, 2007

    I would like to address the comment, "How did these kids get weapons"? Any 18 year (non felon) old can walk into a Walmart and purchase a shotgun or rifle. At the same time they can purchase a saw, and presto you have a concealable deadly weapon. The same non felon 18 year old can purchase pistol permits at their local sheriff's office, and days later have handguns. Or think of this, the same non-felon 18 year old purchases these guns and sells them to felons. Think this doesn't happen, think AGAIN. Guns purchased in North Carolina consistently get recovered in violent crimes up and down the east coast, especially NY. The bottom line is it is much too easy to obtain handguns, shotguns in North Carolina, and I am far from a person who thinks firearms should be banned. I thik any law abiding responsible person should have a firearm if they want. Lets just not make it SOOOOOOOO easy to obtain.

  • FellSoFastx33 May 26, 2007

    i'm so glad they caught him. it's been very hard getting through this, and accepting the fact that he isn't here anymore. but he is here in my heart always, he was a very good friend of mine, and he was the last person that deserved this. i miss him greatly, and its always going to be very hard to think he is gone. dang...


  • Pippy999 May 25, 2007

    headlong-he can still be tried as an adult depending on the charges and the discretion of the police and D.A.

  • daisy May 25, 2007

    I hope the young friends of the victim find peace in their hearts and not seek revenge. Honor your friend by living well and making this world a better place.

  • salut2daking May 25, 2007

    This is ridiculous. How do these kids get these weapons?

  • All American May 25, 2007

    Another young wasted life.........

  • jchelpus May 25, 2007

    wow!!! folks talk to your children. Spend time with them and show them to different things. Whether rich or poor love and affection is free of charge.

  • headlong May 25, 2007

    The crime happened when he was 17...he will not spend much time in jail because it was done before he was 18. Got to love the new laws when teens can't be tried as an adult NOT!!!

  • skinnycow May 25, 2007

    More young lives ruined over acts of senseless violence. I know it will never end and now it is becoming to random to even be shocked or bothered by it. Praying for the victims family.