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  • ritablueboys1 Mar 6, 5:57 p.m.

    If you know your parents are gone and it's in your house *not saying it's right*. Simple. Everyone gives up their car keys. Duh!!! See drunk driving is easily prevented.. And that's dumb to charge the parents. They are away from their home. That's like blaming the neighbors for being in their home while your house is being robbed.

  • edits Mar 4, 1:01 p.m.

    You know what? They think they are grown, let them do what they want and reap the consequences of it. I for one, am sick and tired of trying to save these kids from themselves when they obviously don't care enough about themselves or others to be smart. Wanna drink and drive and kill yourselves or others...go ahead. This is all part of the cycle of life. I have myself andmy kids to worry about, not someone else's. GO FOR IT!!!!!

  • BNC2012 Mar 1, 7:18 p.m.

    I would just like to inform you all, that while yes the "party" may have taken place at the house of Brewer, no it does not mean the parents knew anything of it. Houses here in Johnston County have acres of land, including that of the Brewer's. Kids get together, and that includes hanging around on the property, thousands of feet away. The parent's knew of them hanging out, and having a bonfire, but knew nothing of the alcohol being involved. They knew where they were at, and fell asleep assuming the child/some of the children were staying the night, AS THEY HAD EVERY OTHER WEEKEND NIGHT PRIOR. Just because these kids made one bad decision this night, does not mean the parents of Brewer should be charged with anything. There's no way that any parent will stay up all night to make sure that their child stays put. They were asleep and they had no idea that the kids had left. They cannot be held accountable for the kid's actions. Tippit/Brewer/Gilmore made the decision, not the parents.

  • Spock Feb 28, 7:42 p.m.

    Where is the responsibility for the parents here? The parents/guardians should have some punishment as an example to other irresponsible parents.

  • jjsmith1973 Feb 28, 6:13 p.m.

    Now for the perfect people once again. I never did any under age drinking or did any illegal drugs. I knew plenty of kids that did and some were friends and did stupid things as kids. Their parents didn't know and it wasn't b/c they were neglectful it is because a 16 year old can be sneaky. With that said, some even got caught by my father non the less. Like most of you that seem to forget we all did something stupid that could have got us or a friend killed once as teens. The law has changed now. Those people I knew, luckly didn't die and now are doctors, lawyers, journalist, etc. If they fell under the laws of today and punishment society we have they would just be racking up money of the government system. You people forget what you did as teens, and the fact you just got lucky at one point or another. So, get real with yourself and then comment

  • jjsmith1973 Feb 28, 6:07 p.m.

    ENOUGH IS ENOUGH WITH THIS UNDERAGE DRINKING THAT IS REPEATEDLY LEADING UP TO AND CAUSING THESE **NEEDLESS DEATHS OF YOUNG TEENAGERS** It's well past time that the District Attorney and Judges start taking these alcohol violations SERIOUSLY and apply appropriate punishment!!! M.A.D.D. will be present at EVERY SINGLE ONE OF THOSE CHARGED RELATED TO THIS CASE TO HOLD THE DISTRICT ATTORNEY AND JUDGES RESPONSIBLE FOR HOW THEY HANDLE AND PROCEED THESE CASES!!!

    kodac31

    Another problem with the system. A lobby group MADD will be in the court room, like you. To try to use money and scare tactics to push around elected officials in a justice system. All while MADD actually does nothing to prevent DWI deaths and all while they line their pockets with money from companies that push alcohol. Got to stay in business.

  • unblankenbelievable Feb 28, 6:00 p.m.

    In case you missed the memo.. It's illegal to drink alcohol under aged OR provide alcohol to a minor. Grow up and realize we have laws. Break them and be punished. "Good grief"

    I somewhat disagree with your rant. Sure, we have laws that need to be followed but we shouldn't be able to pick and choose the ones that we follow(like I'm doing by the way). Our corrupt government has been aiding and abbeting law breakers for years now and I don't see anyone holding them accountable. Also they're breaking the laws they create on a daily basis, but thats ok right? When the elected officials start setting the example, maybe the citizens will follow suit.

  • Rebelyell55 Feb 28, 5:59 p.m.

    The law is what is to help save lives. Sad to say if ya ask any one them, they'll most likely know its against the law, but don't have clue as to the consequences for breaking that law and getting caught.

  • mcraineycrazies Feb 28, 5:50 p.m.

    We seriously need to stop this nonsense. Sure, punish the drunk driver, but leave the others alone. Good grief."

    are you kidding me??? they all seen this teen leave the party drunk i would assume, and noone stopped him, now one of thier partay friends is dead?? yes, they all need to learn to stop

  • Timetogo Feb 28, 5:10 p.m.

    "We seriously need to stop this nonsense. Sure, punish the drunk driver, but leave the others alone. Good grief."

    In case you missed the memo.. It's illegal to drink alcohol under aged OR provide alcohol to a minor. Grow up and realize we have laws. Break them and be punished. "Good grief"

  • Alexia Feb 28, 4:37 p.m.

    While the accident is most unfortunate, this list of names just goes to show how pointless it is to have these stupid laws related to possession of alcohol and marijuana. Nothing has changed since I was in high school so many years ago, except now the government seems to just want to their everyone in jail or give them a criminal history.

    We seriously need to stop this nonsense. Sure, punish the drunk driver, but leave the others alone. Good grief.

  • justawitness Feb 28, 3:57 p.m.

    100s of churches in this country and more judgemental people that God knows what to do with. These were friends. There was no hate crime. They will pay with regret the rest of their lives. They should be mandated to speak at schools for MADD and drivers classes as part of the punishment. Jail won't help fix this.

  • blkmamba Feb 28, 3:36 p.m.

    Underage drinking is not new nor are those who are of age buying for those who are not. When we were underage we got the alcohol and then went somewhere and stayed put! No one got alcohol poisening or injured in a wreck.

  • baldy1 Feb 28, 3:22 p.m.

    jfdavis.. I never took a drink, smoked, or any drugs. My parents brought me in the world and said they could take me out if I did. I believed them and took it to heart. Keep up the good work and life style, saves more air for me to breathe and enjoy life the natural way like GOD intended. PRAISE THE LORD

  • mcraineycrazies Feb 28, 2:50 p.m.

    wont be the last time in joco,,, the majority of the parties are beer and pot,,, josephine road is a rece track, my backyard backs up to it, you can hear people flying on that road all the time, sad this happened, but it wont be the last,,, KIDS, YOU NEED TO FIRST PUT THE BOOZE DOWN,, QUIT FLYING ON THE ROADS,, BEFORE WE LOSE MORE OF YOU, ISNT YOUR LIFE MORE IMPORTANT?

  • RM24 Feb 28, 2:40 p.m.

    Now live GRENANDES on the other hand, not so much.

    But they make plenty of other rounds you can fire out of them and easily purchase. (flares, smoke shells, etc)
    junkmail5
    February 27, 2013 3:43 p.m.
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    Absolutely not. See that may include them. And it don't include careless drivers. It don't include people traveling at ridiculous speeds. And it certainly don't include drug use. Not in most people's eyes! Besides I hear a ban on automobiles is next anyway. If it just saves one life!

  • jfdavis Feb 28, 2:34 p.m.

    Baldy1...parents are supposed to teach their own children. We all make choices. Nightlife photos on WRAL are the LEAST of anyones worries. Are you seriously concluding that kids drink because they see some photos on WRAL?? Really?? Where were your parents at to teach YOU this? I am with SueInNC...consequences!!!

  • mcraineycrazies Feb 28, 2:33 p.m.

    well why were they out there at 3am? my subdivision backs up to josephine road as well as my backyard, i hear people flying on that road all the time, and you are not cool if you dont smoke pot and drink when your a teemager down here, breaks my heart that this boy died, hate to say there will be others until johnston county starts breaking down on these kids and booze and speeding like a bunch of phychos

  • chattycat Feb 28, 2:32 p.m.

    Why is Mr. Brewer's parents/guardian not being charged? The party supposedly took place on their property.

    wlbbjb
    Give it a few days, there may be additional charges.

  • Minarchist Feb 28, 1:55 p.m.

    "Anyone, regardless of age, who drives while drunk and kills an innocent person as a result of their indifference, should be treated with the same indifference by the justice system. No exceptions allowed!!!" - jaydosse

    What if they were a "sleepy" driver. Shouldnt sleepy drivers know they could cause an accident that could kill someone? Sleepy drivers kill a lot of people to in car accidents. How do we test for sleepiness?

  • SueInNC Feb 28, 1:52 p.m.

    Consequences!

  • wlbbjb Feb 28, 1:42 p.m.

    Why is Mr. Brewer's parents/guardian not being charged? The party supposedly took place on their property.

  • baldy1 Feb 28, 1:35 p.m.

    "ADULTS" if that is what you call them is mostly the cause of these kind of things happening. Teens look up to "ADULTS" as a inspiration and I want to be just like them. All you need to do is look at the (NIGHTLIFE PHOTOS) posted daily on WRAL. Everyone has a beer, liquor glass, in their hand or to drunk to hold one the way they look !!!!!! WRAL should not post this kind of mess.

  • luvstoQ Feb 28, 1:27 p.m.

    Where were the *parents* of 16 year old Brewer that hosted the underage party at his home? They should be charged also. Parents should be aware of what a 16 year old is doing at *their own home*. I sure kept track of my 16 yr. old's friends, and his whereabouts.

  • Terkel Feb 28, 1:24 p.m.

    Scoob, the one underage kid who was charged with procuring booze had the party at his house.

  • chuckbiscuits Feb 28, 1:15 p.m.

    "Most of us are old enougjh to remembr when MADD first came about."

    MADD is an offshoot of the Women's Christian Temperance Union. After the Prohibition battle was fought and lost by them, they re-formed a generation later with drunk driving interdiction as their path to bringing back Prohibition. The basic idea is that they can push a prohibitionist agenda by using appeals to emotion from a drunk driving perspective to whittle away the legality of alcohol. Higher drinking ages and lower BAC for DD is part of their long term plans to make alcohol illegal. Not that it will happen, but it's important to remember that they don't care as much about drunk driving as they do about re-instituting Prohibition - regardless of how long it takes.

    You only have to consider that alcohol is a forbidden item for legal adults so instead of teens learning how to drink responsibly, they only learn how to procure and hide "evil" alcohol from people who can teach them proper alcohol use.

  • kodac31 Feb 28, 1:12 p.m.

    ENOUGH IS ENOUGH WITH THIS UNDERAGE DRINKING THAT IS REPEATEDLY LEADING UP TO AND CAUSING THESE **NEEDLESS DEATHS OF YOUNG TEENAGERS** It's well past time that the District Attorney and Judges start taking these alcohol violations SERIOUSLY and apply appropriate punishment!!! M.A.D.D. will be present at EVERY SINGLE ONE OF THOSE CHARGED RELATED TO THIS CASE TO HOLD THE DISTRICT ATTORNEY AND JUDGES RESPONSIBLE FOR HOW THEY HANDLE AND PROCEED THESE CASES!!!

  • T-Man Feb 28, 1:12 p.m.

    Obamacare rises - you should be ashamed of yourself. You don't know stephen_78 and you sure don't know what he did or did not teach his child! Have a shred of human decency!

  • SaveEnergyMan Feb 28, 1:09 p.m.

    Drunk driving should be punished by loss of the vehicle you were driving, spending the night in jail, and loss of license - no exceptions. That should hit most people hard enough to make them think twice. Killing someone while drunk/high should be elevated to 2nd degree murder.

    The decision to drink, without a safe option to travel home, is made while sober. The decision to drink and to potentially become out of control is made before the first drink. Everyone knows the result from drinking, and if you can't control how much you drink, then you have to be responsible (adult) enough to not drink in the first place. With great freedom (driving and drinking) come great responsibility and huge consequences - for the driver and the innocent victims.

  • romneycare Feb 28, 1:02 p.m.

    but i bet everyone on that list will still be facebooking and tweeting

  • Hans Feb 28, 12:59 p.m.

    "Anyone, regardless of age, who drives while drunk and kills an innocent person as a result of their indifference, should be treated with the same indifference by the justice system. No exceptions allowed!!!" - jaydosse

    Why should it be limited to the "while drunk" part?

  • Crumps Br0ther Feb 28, 12:57 p.m.

    Most of us are old enougjh to remembr when MADD first came about. After awhile it became another ineffecutal lobbying group concerned with funding rather than its initial purpose. Its been over 20 years and kids still arent getting the message. They got the message on Just Say No, well sorta. They just opted to do prescrpition drugs rather than illegal ones. How can it be bad if a doctor gives it too you?

  • kodac31 Feb 28, 12:57 p.m.

    The really SAD SAD part about ALL these cases, even after preceding the death of a child affiliated with their willing & wantonly illegal activity, I can assure you (as a person VERY familiar with Wake County Court system & shifty lawyers something sneaky will happen BUT NO 1ST OFFENDER SHOULD BE EVEN CONSIDERED OR ALLOWED IN ANY OF THESE CASES, No matter their respective records! HOWEVER, The 3 defendants who aid/abet those underage children with alcohol. 2 of the 3 being charged with "underage purchasing of malt beverage, SHOULD have to face each & every charge & the MOST SEVERE PUNISHMENTS!!! The 21 year old averted the laws intentionally should be punished severely! THE DISTRICT ATTORNEY, & THE JUDGE NEED BE REMINDED THAT THE ACTIVITY OF THOSE WHOM AIDED IN OR PURCHASED THE ALCOHOL TO PROVIDE TO ALL THOSE YOUNG TEENAGERS *LED UP TO THE DEATH OF A FRIEND* D.A., use the power of your office and pursue each and EVERY charge JUDGE provide the MAXIMUM PENALTY! M.A.D.D Will Be There!!!!!

  • CestLaVie Feb 28, 12:47 p.m.

    "...how can they charge someone underage with getting alcohol for underage folks?"

    Because they can. And, because teens do it all the time, once they find a source & a way to do it.

  • jackflash123 Feb 28, 12:46 p.m.

    Geez, stephen. Very sorry to hear that.

  • jaydosse Feb 28, 12:43 p.m.

    There are plenty of drunks on the road who have passed their teen years responsible for vehicle deaths also. A vehicle in the hands of a drunk driver becomes a killing machine!! Anyone, regardless of age, who drives while drunk and kills an innocent person as a result of their indifference, should be treated with the same indifference by the justice system. No exceptions allowed!!! Anyone who is an accessory to the indifference of an intoxicated driver should also face serious consequences. More action, severe punishment and less talk and psychobabble from "experts" is the solution.

  • kikinc Feb 28, 12:37 p.m.

    stephen_78: I'm sorry to hear about your son. Such an awful thing.

    I drank in college, even before I turned 21. Never once did I get behind the wheel of a car, even after having one drink. It wasn't worth the risk back then, and it's still not worth the risk in my 30's. Stay home and drink. It's a lot cheaper. That $5.00 glass of wine at the bar is coming from a bottle that cost $5.00 in the supermarket.

    Go after the enablers. Maybe it will make one person think twice about purchasing alcohol from someone underage.

  • pappybigtuna1 Feb 28, 12:28 p.m.

    People calling for stiffer penalties - most are tossed out of court.
    Community service - a "big joke"
    Juvenile detention - time served is not long enough

    How about this - can we admit they do know what they are doing - drugs / alcohol? If you are connected to this crime in any way, your sentence, mandatory (no do overs) (no cry for hardship) (no nothing)
    you will remit/pay 10% of all income to the family or estate of the deceased. This will run for your entire life up until your death (menial jobs, welfare payments, up through SS). None tax deductible.
    If 1 or 12 were involved, all pay equally. Not enough to ruin one life, but a constant reminder of your free will decision

  • ronda1991 Feb 28, 12:06 p.m.

    Just goes to show that teens are not that good at decision making yet and adding alcohol to the mix makes things sooo much worse. This has been happening for so long I wonder if it will ever change.

  • stephen_78 Feb 28, 12:01 p.m.

    Agree with going after others that are accessories. My son was killed in a similar situation. Thrown from a vehicle. Alcohol and prescription drugs involved. My son dead, driver charged with DWI/reckless, but tossed out with high-end attorney. Not doing kids any favors or making any points by letting anyone off easy on this.

  • Scubagirl Feb 28, 12:00 p.m.

    not taking up for any of these guys BUT are they charging them ALL with possession of the same 'one-half ounce or less' ? It's been known to happen......

    Also how can they charge someone underage with getting alcohol for underage folks? seems odd to me is all. Those 21 & up yes I can see. Glad to see charges being brought finally. Something needs to be done to stop these senseless deaths that happen all to frequently.

  • Indifferent...sometimes Feb 28, 11:58 a.m.

    Peer pressure is a powerful powerful force.

  • hemerocallis Feb 28, 11:57 a.m.

    This really was senseless and avoidable. Youth - WAKE UP! Both under age drinking and driving while intoxicated are not only illegal but also not cool. No one's life is worth getting in your car and driving after drinking.

    And to those who buy alcohol for underage people - pull your head out of your you-know-what and stop being an enabler. Stop trying to be the cool older friend and be a responsible adult.

  • JennyB Feb 28, 11:27 a.m.

    I agree with this statement. "This senseless death is an unfortunate reminder of the extremely serious problems associated with underage drinking, driving while impaired and providing alcoholic beverages to minors." Such a tragedy, life taken too soon.

  • jackflash123 Feb 28, 11:23 a.m.

    I like seeing that in more and more of these tragedies authorities are going after others who were accessories. We'll never stop EVERY poor decision teenagers make, but prosecuting 21-year-olds who help get alcohol and others around it might make some difference.

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