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Suspect in Zebulon slaying commits suicide in jail

Posted February 8, 2011

— A Nash County man charged with murder in the death of a Zebulon man over the weekend killed himself in the Wake County jail on Tuesday afternoon, authorities said.

Detention officers found Alonza Jamal Hunter hanging in his cell shortly after 2:30 p.m., and efforts to revive him were unsuccessful, authorities said.

Hunter, 21, of 6470 Winters Road in Middlesex, was charged Monday with murder following the Sunday death of Jonathan Trevon Smith.

Smith, 19, was sitting in a car outside his Zebulon home last Thursday night when he was shot in the head, police said.

Hunter was in an altercation with Jomiya Gabrielle Beckwith when he pulled out a gun and began shooting, police said. Smith was hit by a stray bullet, they said.

Beckwith, 19, of 1225 Pampass Drive in Zebulon, also is charged with first-degree murder in the case.


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  • ckettells Feb 10, 2011

    I can not believe some of these comments! Do you people have no hearts?? Just to clear the air Alonza and Jonathan were very good friends so yes he probably was feeling guilty and was very upset!! May God bless both of these families!!

  • mad_dash Feb 10, 2011

    Less tax payer money that will be wasted.. Thanks!

  • tritonlm6 Feb 10, 2011

    Doh! Budget cut!

    I'll bet there is more than one felon in his "family" as well.


  • denningjoshana Feb 9, 2011

    It's sad that people don't have any regard for AJ's family! Both families are hurt right now, the whole community is suffering these losses. I know I am! To the families I give you much love and remember Earth has no sorrow that heaven cannot heal. I love yall stay strong!

  • killing_me_softly Feb 9, 2011


    Thank you for your comment to those who don't get it. This has been a bad week for ignorance for me.

  • CarolinaGirlRJA Feb 9, 2011

    Canes Girl Forever -- Seriously? You must be one of those people who thinks if you hurt yourself in a public place, you have the right to sue the facility or business for your injuries. Granted, at times there is a wet floor with no caution signs, or maybe some sharp objects happen to be laying around...but a lot of times it's just human error. It's people like you that make me embarassed to be a citizen of NC.

    The county didn't do anything wrong. If anything, I'm sure this guy was either feeling extreme remorse for what he did, or didn't want to face the consequences of his actions.

  • mrcrosbys Feb 9, 2011

    Thanks for saving the tax payers some money Alonzo.

  • killing_me_softly Feb 9, 2011

    Has his family filed suit against the county yet?


  • Just Once Feb 9, 2011

    Weedy has it right.

  • Canes Girl Forever Feb 9, 2011

    Has his family filed suit against the county yet?