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Suspect in Raleigh shooting called victim shortly before crime

Posted December 5, 2012

— One of the three suspects accused of shooting a retired truck driver near North Carolina State University's Centennial Campus in October called him minutes before the shooting. 

According to court documents, Twanisha Stewart, 27, was the last person to call her neighbor, Markeith Alexander Tennessee, 29, before he was shot about 12:30 a.m. Oct. 1 in the 4000 block of Neeley Street, off Western Boulevard. 

Stewart, of the 3900 block of Neeley Street, was inside Tennessee's home seconds after the shooting, according to witnesses at the scene. She has been charged with first-degree murder in the incident.

Police have not offered a motive for the shooting, but said it did not appear to be random. Neighbors said Tennessee was a polite and kind man who liked helping others and didn't have any enemies.

They said he moved from Raleigh to Virginia and had been living in the neighborhood for about five months.

Quamir Alteriq Rogers, 21, and Todd Antwan Harris, 23, also face murder charges.


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  • rlwieland Dec 6, 3:28 p.m.

    am I surprised by this, NO!

  • michaelclay Dec 6, 9:22 a.m.

    momeeee, there are many people on disability that are younger than 29. So, if you don't work and you are recieving a monthly disability payment, you are retired.

  • charmcclainlovesdogs2 Dec 5, 4:28 p.m.

    All involved need a long prison sentence. These young people are really learning the hard way. What kind of parents do they have? Did they not have good influences in their young life?

  • Scubagirl Dec 5, 3:50 p.m.

    well brogden-a couple actually, but I agree-he's probably 'retired' from being a driver and was doing something else or between jobs.

  • momeeee Dec 5, 3:44 p.m.

    Just saying "retired" truck driver is misleading... makes you think 65+ - not a 29 year old.

  • RALEIGHNATIVE25 Dec 5, 3:31 p.m.

    You can retire from one career to start another (think out of the box). Sad that apparently this man died for no reason at all.

  • Brogden Dec 5, 3:31 p.m.

    scubagirl - how many people 29 do you know who can "retire"?

    Probably, we was on disability of some type.
    Sad situation that these criminals took his life!

  • Scubagirl Dec 5, 3:10 p.m.

    so someone 29 should NOT be retired?

  • Bartmeister Dec 5, 2:10 p.m.

    He was set up BIG TIME.

  • unpublished_1 Dec 5, 1:38 p.m.

    They said he moved from Raleigh to Virginia and had been living in the neighborhood for about five months.