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Shooting death of Raleigh man was drug deal gone wrong

Posted December 14, 2015

Marcus Howard

— Several weeks after 24-year-old Marcus Howard was gunned down in a Raleigh street, police said that the shooting was the result of a drug deal that turned into an attempted robbery.

Howard, 23, was found Nov. 23 in the 6700 block of Paint Rock Lane. Investigators said that Howard, along with a friend, were at that location to purchase marijuana.

Police said that Jamar Carraway, 28, and an associate arrived at the agreed upon meeting location in a white Lexus and the drug deal turned into an attempted robbery.

According to a search warrant, Howard and his friend attempted to flee the robbery, at which point gunshots were fired toward the wood line in the direction they ran. According to the warrant, witnesses near the crime scene said they saw a white Lexus leaving the scene after shots were fired.

Police said that Howard was shot once in the lower back and ran a short distance before collapsing. He was taken to WakeMed, where he later died.

Jamar Carraway was charged with murder and his brother, Jarrell Carraway, 25 was charged with accessory after the fact.

According to a second search warrant, Jamar Carraway took the gun used to shoot Howard to Jarrell Carraway’s girlfriend’s apartment in Garner after the incident. Police said that a .40 caliber pistol was found on the floor of the apartment on Nov. 24.

According to Howard’s fiancé, Jasmine Dixon, he had been planning to enlist in the U.S. Army in January.

“It is just crazy how everything just happened so fast and we never, I never, expected to lose him,” she said.


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  • Justin Case Dec 25, 2015
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    LetsBeFair, Your an Idi()t, In the past 12 months alone in Colorado, Traffic accidents and DWI's have INCREASED 32% Because of Marijuana. It has surpassed alcohol by that 32% ! Just make an attempt at checking facts before you come here and attempt to look educated.

  • Norman Lewis Dec 24, 2015
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    You want marijuana to be legal or at least decriminalized in North Carolina, go for it. Work for legislation, grass roots organization etc. to achieve those goals. BUT UNTIL THEN----Marijuana is ILLEGAL. Trying to obtain an illegal substance is ILLEGAL. The people attempting to get those illegal substances are CRIMINALS, not saints, not "good people". Change the laws, don't try to change my perception of lawbreakers. Death is unfortunate but not unexpected in the pursuit of banned drugs.

  • Catherine West Dec 15, 2015
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    I'm definitely not pro marijuana but I don't think this young man should have lost his life because he was buying weed. There's not many people who have not tried it at least once. Some of you may even have children that are using it or worst. Be careful of judging others, it may come back home to bite you.

  • Arthur Raleigh Dec 15, 2015
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    Legalizing it would make a lot of tax money for the state and would make it less profitable to sell illegally.

  • Sam Adams Dec 15, 2015
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    I am sorry but Cannabis should be legal. Every poll you look at clearly shows the majority of Americans feel this way. However, this is how I view the issue.

    If we truly have Freedom in this country then the government has absolutely no right to tell a grown adult how he or she is to live their lives. If a grown adult wishes to grow their own medicine (a simple plant) and consume it in their own home then they should be allowed to do so. Anything short of that is not true Freedom, period!

    I am sorry this man lost his life and it should have never have happened. Cannabis was legal in this state the criminal aspect would be completely removed and this young man would be alive.

  • Sean Creasy Dec 15, 2015
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    Here and I gave the benefit of doubt and I was let down again... Slinging drugs and not pure as the driven snow like people would lead you to believe... Just once I'd like to hear about a shooting in this part of Raleigh where the victim was really as innocent as the family members make them out to be...

  • LetsBeFair Dec 15, 2015

    and by the way, sounds like he was a good dude. sorry for your loss because some of us don't think he was doing anything wrong when you take a birds eye look at this,

  • LetsBeFair Dec 15, 2015

    smoking pot is a false crime. buying it should be legal like Colorado. these problems are no more there.

  • Dorinda Hayes Dec 15, 2015
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    So Barett, what are you better than him, because you are white and would buy from a dispensary?. I am sure he would have to, and this is very sad, to happen over pot.

  • Barrett Powell Dec 14, 2015
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    People that would frequent a "shop" if marijuana were legal are NOT the same people who get caught in drug deals and crime like this. Sorry to bust your bubble.