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Teacher: Girl killed in Southern Pines shooting 'brought a bit of life to the classroom'

Posted October 30

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— A 16-year-old was arrested Sunday in connection with a Friday shooting in Southern Pines that killed one child and injured another.

Police said 12-year-old Jalinda Campbell was shot in the chest Friday while standing outside an apartment complex at 714 W. Michigan Ave. at the corner of South Henley Street. She was taken to Moore Regional Hospital, where she later died.

Kyleigh Graham, 3, was shot in the neck and taken to Triangle Medical Center. He was listed in stable condition Sunday.

Montice Tyree McManus, of Southern Pines, was charged with murder and assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury in connection with the incident.

Police said the children were innocent bystanders and Graham is the son of the intended target and Campbell was a family friend of the intended target.

Campbell was a sixth grader at Southern Middle School. Principal Marcy Cooper said counselors will be available for all students Monday and the district is sending extra social workers and counselors to help with the grieving process. Cooper said administrators also plan to bring in service dogs for students who may need them.

“I don’t think it’s something you’re prepared for because you don’t expect something like that to happen,” Cooper said. “A lot of our kids will look to us for their lead, so we hope to be everything that they need us to be.”

One of Campbell's teachers, Suzanne Badgett, remembers the last time she saw the girl in her classroom.

"She had aced a major test and I gave her a math masters award to go hang on her locker and she said 'really, me? A math master? And I said 'yes you are' and you would've thought she won the lottery," Badgett said. "We went out and hung it on her locker and I was so proud of her."

Friday morning, the strong-willed sixth-grader had plans of joining the wrestling team.

“She had wanted to attend the wrestling meeting because our school wrestling team is getting ready to start. I said ‘you can only go if you’re serious.’ She said ‘oh, I’m serious’,” said teacher Gina Matthews

Badgett and Matthews said it’s unreal to think the girl with insightful questions and a hard-to-miss personality will not be returning to class Monday.

“She was a very hard worker and she just brought a bit of life to the classroom,” Badgett said.

“When we met her, we knew that she would be a tough person to connect with, but when we connected with her, we were thrilled,” Matthews said. "She was a good student. She asked smart questions and she did really well in both of my classes."

McManus was being held at the Guilford County Jail without bond.

Malik Rashad Crawford, 20, of Aberdeen was arrested Saturday and charged with accessory after the fact of murder. He is scheduled to appear in court Nov. 22.

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  • Robert Malton Oct 31, 8:41 a.m.
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    They don't care it black on black, BLM doesn't is right there with them.

  • Deborah Turner Oct 30, 7:43 p.m.
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    Very tragic for these young people. Where is the Rev. William Barber and Rev. Al Sharpton when they are really needed to help with a situation like this ? Do they really care about kids killing kids ?

  • Barney Gravel Oct 30, 6:34 p.m.
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    Sixteen years old, with a not fully developed brain and he makes choices that ruined lives. The liberals will discount this next statement, but if he had a father and went to church would we see this outcome? I doubt it.

  • Vince DiSena Oct 30, 5:44 p.m.
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    Darn shame. Multiple lives ruined because of a punk with a gun. What possesses a 16 year old child to kill someone. We are not a product of our environment, we are a product of our parents.

  • Morris Vobserv Oct 30, 5:24 p.m.
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    with a name like Montice Tyree McManus, this kid was destined for...jail.