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Suspect charged in Fayetteville teen's shooting death

Posted October 14, 2014

— Fayetteville police on Tuesday arrested a 19-year-old man in connection with the fatal shooting of a high school freshman three weeks ago and say additional arrests are expected in the case.

Devontay Jquan Douglas, of 1319 Worstead Drive, was arrested at Ramsey Street High School and charged with first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder in the death of Joseph Braxton III.

Braxton, a student at 71st High School in Fayetteville, was shot and killed Sept. 27 when he arrived at a birthday party on Randleman Street.

Douglas' arrest comes on the same day that Braxton's mother, Tabitha Brown, expressed to WRAL News her frustration that witnesses hadn't come forward with information that could help police arrest her son's killer.

"I'm so happy I want to cry," Braxton's father, Joseph Braxton Jr., said after learning of Douglas' arrest.

Investigators were also frustrated. Fayetteville Police Chief Harold Medlock told The Fayetteville Observer several days after the shooting that investigators thought they knew three people who were responsible for the boy's death but that they could not obtain arrest warrants because of a lack of witness cooperation.

About 20 students from 71st High School were invited to the party, and there were about 10 adult chaperones. Medlock said several of those attending saw the shooting and might have recorded it on cellphones.

It wasn't clear Tuesday if any of those witnesses went to police.

Also unclear is a motive for the crime. Investigators haven't commented, but Brown said she believes her son's death was in retaliation for a fight between him and several other people a week before his death.

"My family – we're thanking God," Braxton's brother, Davorn Brown, said. "We put it in God's hands. God is good, but we want the rest of them. We need justice."

Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to contact Fayetteville police at 910-237-9391 or Crime Stoppers at 910-483-8477. Tips can also be sent by text to 274637.

Crime Stoppers is offering a $1,000 reward for information that leads to the arrest and conviction in the case.


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  • SAY 'WHAT" ONE MORE TIME! Oct 15, 2014

    Amazing how this black-on-black crime made it to the third page so fast. Guess no one thinks there's a problem here. Does it not matter to anyone because the offender wasn't white?

  • LetsBeFair Oct 15, 2014

    everyone saw what happened, but no one knows nuttin! with friends like that who needs enemies?

  • kermit60 Oct 15, 2014

    It's not a problem with the youth in Fayetteville, only a part of it.

  • SAY 'WHAT" ONE MORE TIME! Oct 15, 2014

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    The hostess was on the news and stated to a reporter that she had two at every entranc eplus some. On what do you base your doubt, or are you just outright calling her a liar?

  • Lisa Menendez Oct 15, 2014
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    "10 adult chaperon's" I doubt this to be true..

  • SAY 'WHAT" ONE MORE TIME! Oct 15, 2014

    Where's the riot? Seriously. This young man lost his life over nothing and another young man's life is a total waste now. This kind of violence is way more rampant than cop on citizen violence. None is better than the other but violence among young black people is terrible. Gang culture, absent parents, lack of personal responsibility are all contributors. You can blame a gun all you want but glorification of the fantastical "playa" lifestyle is to blame. He died in the name of feaux "respect". You don't earn respect beating, robbing, looting, rioting, and killing. You earn real respect being a father, a son, a friend, a productive member of society. You earn it by being a real man.

  • whatdidusay Oct 14, 2014

    Things may get a little better if people are held accountable for their actions. There is no accountability these days.

  • Bullcity34 Oct 14, 2014

    Gang violence is the culture problems of this society. It's consuming these kids and using them just to see them killed or locked away therefore destroying their future. Where is sharpton and Jackson on these issues? To busy blaming cops I guess

  • JohnnyVoodoo Oct 14, 2014

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    Actually, the very elements you mentioned such as the guns, the poverty, along with a segmont of the music industry that glorifies a particular lifestyle, IS the culture you claim needs to be looked at. In other words, they are NOT separate entities... they are one of the same. Never in my lifetime have I witnessed the implosion of part of our society that is literally killing itself off.

  • pipcolt Oct 14, 2014

    When is it going to stop? Kids today put no value on life. What needs to be done to change this?