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Strangers, family gather to remember slain Wilson 7-year-old

Posted July 31, 2014
Updated August 1, 2014

— Albert Sauls didn’t know Kamari Jones, the little boy killed last week when bullets ripped through his home, but he was among dozens at a visitation service inside Hamilton Funeral Chapel Thursday night to remember the child.

“Seven-years-old, it is real sad,” he said.

Yolanda Johnson didn’t know Kamari either, but she also made her way to the funeral home.

"It touched me. It touched me hard," she said.

Kamari died July 23 after someone fired bullets outside his home on Parkview Street.

One of the bullets passed through Kamari’s bedroom window and struck him in the head.

Montavius Syquan Davis, 24, of 7726 Gardners School Road, Stantonsburg, was arrested and charged Thursday with first-degree murder.

Charles Moore, who lives near Davis, said he was at the residence recently with investigators.

“They brought him back here with an orange jumpsuit on, then they went back there,” he said.

Moore said the murder charge against Davis seemed out of character for him.

“I have been seeing him in and out and it just doesn’t fit him,” he said.

While Kamari’s death caused shock and anger throughout Wilson, it has also rallied the city.

“It is starting to bring Wilson back together,” Johnson said.

About 100 residents, city leaders and police officers attended a vigil for Kamari outside the Wilson County Courthouse on Sunday. Kamari will be laid to rest on Friday.

It is that community cohesiveness that helped lead investigators to an arrest, said police, who added they expect more arrests. Investigators have not commented on why shots were fired into Kamari's home.

Davis is scheduled to make his first court appearance Friday morning.


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  • rickandlinda88 Aug 6, 2014

    this;tragic as it is;is what happens when gangs and drugs go together..no matter who the intended target was/is..bullets do not care;bullets strike where they are aimed..may the family of the murdered child find peace in GODS love..may the shooters rot in hell-fire.

  • Sherrill Craig Aug 1, 2014
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    What's your point?

    We will remember him as a tragic little kid gunned down for no good reason whatsoever.

  • A person Aug 1, 2014

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    Then, that still is not "remembering him", it is showing respect. Again, you can not remember someone you never met

  • disgusted2010 Aug 1, 2014

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    NO, we need to enforce the laws already on the books. Please elaborate, from your position of omniscience, on what gun control laws would have stopped this tragedy. Perhaps such as not allowing convicted felons to have guns, oh that's right he's already a convicted felon.

    Stop making excuses and blaming other than the people doing these things.

  • 68_dodge_polara Aug 1, 2014

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    So what's wrong with enforcing the ones we already have?

  • 678devilish Aug 1, 2014

    Still don't believe we don't need to tighten up our gun laws?

  • 678devilish Aug 1, 2014

    Montavius Syquan Davis, 24, was arrested and charged Thursday with first-degree murder.

    They should give him a picture of this 7 year old and let him see what he has done. Also giving him a obituary too. Now he faces his dire consequences. He had no business with a loaded gun. How are you parents raising your sons and daughters today. I just bet its not like when your parents raised you. Now you are seeing your results. What parent wants to see their child behinds bars even for life. No one that I know of. Train them so when they are old they will not depart from your teaching.

  • 678devilish Aug 1, 2014

    My heart goes out the family and many friends and the stangers in the lost of this innocent 7 year old. Just to know we are not safe in our own homes any more. I pray they find the killer and put him behind bars for life. But just know this 7 years old is in Heaven. For the verse say suffer the little children to come to me. Continue to hold to God's unchanging hands and He will see you through this difficult time. Prayers are with all of you.

  • Sherrill Craig Aug 1, 2014
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    if you saw the broadcast. a lot of people came to the funeral home that did not know the child, or the family, but came to show their support.

  • Derric Fuller Aug 1, 2014
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    Major kudos to the police detectives for finding this child-killer as quickly as they did with as little as they had.