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Man charged in fatal shooting of Henderson teen

Posted February 21, 2013
Updated February 22, 2013

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— Henderson police have charged a man in the fatal shooting of a 17-year-old Thursday afternoon.

Officers were called to the intersection of David and Nicholas streets about 1:30 p.m., where they found Ja'Quon Seward suffering from a gunshot wound.

Seward was taken to Maria Parham Hospital, where he died.

Daquan Ortiz, 20, was arrested Thursday night and charged with voluntary manslaughter in the shooting. He was being held without bond until he appears in court Friday morning. 

It wasn't clear whether the two men knew each other. 

James Rainey, who witnessed the shooting, said Seward was standing on the corner with several people when shots rang out. 

"Boom, boom, boom, and we saw someone lying on the ground," he said.

Ja'Quon Seward Teen killed in Henderson shooting

Kisha Eaton, Seward's mother, said the teen was always good for a laugh.

"That was my baby, and they shot him down in the middle of the street," she said. "My son is never going to come through that doorstep again."

"He just got caught by the wrong person with a gun," said Flora Wilson, Seward's cousin.

The women said Seward was shot in the chest.

Investigators blocked the intersection of David and Nicholas streets for hours while they pored over the scene with metal detectors, marking with numbered tags dozens of potential pieces of evidence.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 252-492-1925.

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  • whiffer1 Feb 22, 6:00 p.m.

    Over 70% of children are born to unwed mothers in the African American community. That's the problem plain and simple. It's hard enough to raise a child with a full complement of parents and family support. These young men have no male role models in their life to dicipline them and teach them how to be responsible.

  • WageSlave Feb 22, 1:20 p.m.

    Instead of blaming guns and upbringing why not blame what really influences young gang members and most gun deaths. Most shootings can be related to narcotics (even more so in Henderson it's nothing but a modern day sodom and Gomorrah). Blame the rappers who flash stacks of money,guns and cars on their videos and rap about selling narcotics
    fixamerica

    Hey I agree. I all for drug legalization and regulation too.

  • fixamerica Feb 22, 12:20 p.m.

    Well said beloved sparrow. I wish people would stop blaming everything else and accept the fact that there is evil people in this world that commit crimes. Everyone wants to blame everything else except the person who committed the crime. Those who say he did not have a father figure growing up. So what, plenty of people come from divorced homes and still live prosperous lives. People are given the same chance at life growing up. They have schools paid for, meals paid for, live off government so everyone else is paid for. Tell ,me why they can't be normal, obey the law, and not commit crimes. People make their own choices in life. Instead of blaming guns and upbringing why not blame what really influences young gang members and most gun deaths. Most shootings can be related to narcotics (even more so in Henderson it's nothing but a modern day sodom and Gomorrah). Blame the rappers who flash stacks of money,guns and cars on their videos and rap about selling narcotics

  • junkmail5 Feb 22, 12:04 p.m.

    I DON'T think it's right that the government TAKE my money to help people who just sit on their behinds with their hands out expecting everything be given to them!!!
    Lady Marksman

    the government gives very little to the folks you describe.

    Most government "hand out" money goes to the working poor, the disabled, and the elderly.

    More than 90% of it in fact.

    http://www.cbpp.org/cms/?fa=view&id=3677

    The notion there's any huge number of able-bodied adults who do no work and live entirely off government handouts is simply a fiction.

  • Lady Marksman Feb 22, 11:27 a.m.

    junkmail5 -

    If I had more money in my pocket I would help support my local "poor" people - IF they were trying to better themselves and trying to get back on their feet!

    I DON'T think it's right that the government TAKE my money to help people who just sit on their behinds with their hands out expecting everything be given to them!!!

  • nghtstarz2 Feb 22, 11:22 a.m.

    phattcatt28 please accept my condolences on the loss of your family member. I worked at the hospital there for several years and can tell you there are many people who care about the people. It is difficult to help when no one will talk...no one will tell the police what they need to know. Many of the "friends" of the victims are obstructive and, most likely, afraid for their own lives. Only when the communities come together to end the violence, black and white, will you see an end. Quite honestly, it is difficult to care every day of your career, your life, even if your job is to help others, when those around you try to abuse you, obstruct your efforts to help, and even physically hurt you for your attempts. No one considers that when those officers leave, they may think that could have been their child, their 17 year old son. This child's poor mother is missing her son. And maybe the mother of the one who shot him will mourn and feel shame for his actions. All victims.

  • belovedsparrow Feb 22, 11:09 a.m.

    I agree phattcatt. I've lived near Henderson most of my life. 10 years ago this kind of thing was a rare event. But now murder, rape, and all kinds of violence are becoming commonplace. Its getting to where there is no where safe anymore.

  • junkmail5 Feb 22, 10:56 a.m.

    The problem is that the welfare state breeds criminals. Liberals have created this underclass- 4Strikes

    yes, before modern welfare programs there were NO criminals or poor people, it was totally awesome!

    No, wait... that can't be right... since according to the far-right the welfare state has grown massively in recent decades, but crime has been steadily going DOWN that whole time!

    It's almost like reality doesn't match their story!

  • Lady Marksman Feb 22, 10:56 a.m.

    "Arm yourselves and prepare to ride out a very bad storm that is coming criminals and gangs who want to steal, rape and murder."

    Excuse me, but where have you been living for the last 20 years? What do you mean "coming"? There have been criminals and gangs doing that in the US since the 1930's and "urban" gangs have been growing since the 1970's. Most of them are busy fighting each other so what makes you think they're going to organize this big army? The storm's been going for awhile. You just woke up in the middle of it. Relic

    These criminals/gangs aren't killing and stealing from just eachother anymore. They are preying on anyone who isn't prepared to defend themselves - women, children and elderly.

    When the EBT card has $0 and the unemployment checks stop coming, where do you think they are going to get what they need to survive? They are going to come and take it from you! Hence my warning to arm yourselves and be prepared to defend your life and property.

  • NotUrTypicalAmerican Feb 22, 10:50 a.m.

    Very well said, phattcatt28. My condolences to your family. As you can see way too many people live in glass houses here on WRAL.

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