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'We were praying for him' as shot teen took his last breath

Posted September 28, 2014
Updated October 14, 2014

— Joseph Braxton III was gasping his last breath by the time Angelique Saxton reached him.

She described it as one of the worst nights of her life.

Saxton thought she took the necessary precautions to avoid a moment like this – a teenager shot at or near a house party.

Braxton was one of about 20 students from Seventy-First High School invited to Saxton’s Randleman Street home Saturday night to celebrate her daughter’s 16th birthday.

Saxton even handed out bracelets to tell who was supposed to be at the party.

“I had 10 adults here as chaperones,” she said. “I had all the entrance points covered with two adults.”

Just as food was being served on the back deck at about 10:30 p.m., there were gunshots.

“I heard one shot. Then I heard another shot,” Braxton said. “Then suddenly all the kids started running into the house saying ‘they're shooting, they're shooting.’”

Braxton was involved in an altercation across the street from the party when shots were fired, Fayetteville police said.

As the teenager lay dying on the ground, he was comforted by Saxton.

“I want his mom to know that he was with some people,” she said, emphasizing that he didn’t die alone. "And we were praying for him, we were praying for him."

Braxton was pronounced dead at the scene.

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.


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  • JustOneGodLessThanU Oct 1, 2014

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    There is something that separates human men from other male species...their brains...their ability to think rationally. We should take advantage of that advantage.

    So, your old method of violence is better than a new method of violence gets us no where...it solves nothing...it creates & builds nothing. It holds us back. Instead, work to mentally evolve. This will help humanity and help ensure our survival. Leave the caveman mentality to the cavemen.

  • Lightfoot3 Sep 30, 2014

    He left the party and went searching for trouble across the street. Unfortunately he found it.

  • USMC Vet Sep 29, 2014

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    There will always be those in the world, because not all mature at the same age as others, if at all, and not all groups or cultures have evolved to the same level of civilization as others either.

    That's the way of the world, always has been, always will be.

  • Tarheel Takeover Sep 29, 2014

    this wasn't the same story that they said last night on the news. It was nothing about the boy having an altercation with any one. He had just left his friend and were walking back to the party. It also said it took 30 min. for the ambulance to arrive, and the boy was still living. What ever the reason was, he was to young to die. May God comfort his family during this tragic time. kids are dieing too often and too young.

  • Ginger Lynn Sep 29, 2014
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    I have had birthday parties for my three teenagers and never once did I have to hand out ID bracelets or have 10 Chaperones (2 usually was enough)! What in the world?

  • Ishitonthewralcorncobdesk Sep 29, 2014

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    Fist fights and assaults? Just as childish and abhorrent as with weapons. Seems to be more a mentality problem for people to think violence is the solution to a silly problem.

  • SAY 'WHAT" ONE MORE TIME! Sep 29, 2014

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    We had arguments and even though the fight was wrong, it was decided that we'd meet AFTER school in the store parking lot. A few people came, somebody got a bloody nose and it was usually over in 1-2 minutes. People MAYBE would talk about it a bit the next day but it was quashed and done by then. I wish people got as mad about anyone shooting anyone as they do when a white cop shoots someone. Neither is acceptable or needed if everyone was doing what they should be but I'd be willing to bet the ratio of cop killing someone versus someone killing someone would be staggering. I guess the latter doesn't sell ads so it isn't front page worthy

  • Bernadette Dan Unger Sep 29, 2014
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    Sorry for this young boy, but when I was his age and had a beef with someone it was settles with a fist fight and when it was over, it was over, nobody used guns, knifes, bombs, etc, we settled things like men, not so today.

  • notexactly Sep 29, 2014

    another sad story of young black men doing not so good things. When will it stop??? So many young men are dying for meaningless things. A sad time we are in.