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Shot teen found dead after wreck in Rocky Mount

Posted April 13, 2011
Updated April 14, 2011

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— A Rocky Mount teen was found dead in his car, which had struck a brick wall, Wednesday night after officers responded to calls about gunshots on Lee Street, police said.

Police said Shakeem Devonte Avent, 18, was driving a burgundy Cadillac when he collided with a white BMW and then struck a brick wall at the corner of Sunset Avenue and Lee Street around 7:40 p.m. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

An initial investigation revealed that Avent had been shot, but investigators are waiting for an autopsy to determine the cause of death, police said.

Police said they received calls about the wreck at the same time as calls about shots being fired in the area. They are treating the case as a homicide.

The driver of the BMW, whose name was not released, was not injured. 


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  • jet9192 Apr 14, 2011

    While this is such a sad thing, I doubt this was a random shooting. There are so many drugs and drug deals out there and the very best of the best of families are not exempt from having a loved one involved in this type of behavior. I hope this is not the case but I know of a young man that was involved with nothing more than pot and his life has been threatened.

    May God bless and be with the family of this young man as they go forward with the grief and the loss of their precious loved one. We know that in a split second, God can forgive our sins and receive us into His Kingdom. Praying for this family.

  • westoflyra Apr 14, 2011

    Mugu, it's not just you. Rocky Mount is a horrible place to live.

  • dwallace9392 Apr 14, 2011

    My throughts and prayers are with the family. This is so sad to lose a child at such a you age. He did not even get to experience his life as an adult. God Bless and be with the family and friends.

  • ajoplin Apr 14, 2011

    oh well..

  • Hater like Darth Vader Apr 14, 2011

    Rocky Mount whoop whoop!

  • pediatrician Apr 14, 2011

    crime in Rocky Mount? seriously?

  • pinball wizard Apr 14, 2011

    The victim had been in out trouble for most of his life. It is sad life.