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Family: Teen shot in southeast Raleigh a victim of random violence

Posted August 8, 2015

— Raleigh police are investigating the shooting death of 13-year-old Keyshawn Tyrell Gregory Friday night in the 1400 block of Beauty Avenue.

Gregory's grandmother, Ada Gregory, and stepmother, Daysha Mitchell, said he was hanging out with friends on Beauty Avenue and that they believe he is the victim of a random act.

"I don’t know why somebody would do something like this to a 13-year-old,” Mitchell said.

Ada Gregory said her grandson's friends, frightened by the shooting, put him in the car and were driving when they realized how serious his injury was and called police.

"The guys that were with him, they were young fellows themselves, and we were told those guys did try to help him,” she said.

Officers were called to the intersection of East Jones and North State streets, where they found him dead inside a vehicle.

"We love him, but God loves him more,” Ada Gregory said. "God just wanted him to come home with him."

"That boy had his whole life ahead of him," Mitchell said. "It’s just so sad somebody took that life away.”

Police did not release any information about suspects or the investigation.

Anyone with information help with the investigation is asked to call Raleigh Crime Stoppers at 919-834-4357 or visit raleighcrimestoppers.org for text and email reporting options. Crime Stoppers pays cash rewards for anonymous tips that help solve cases.


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  • Josha Barton Aug 11, 2015
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    Rest in peace Shaun.

  • Roy Hinkley Aug 10, 2015
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    Police don't think it was random.

    "Police are continuing to investigate Gregory's death, but said they did not believe it was a random act."
    Read more at http://www.wral.com/three-charged-in-fatal-shooting-of-raleigh-teen/14821969/#FCI7yzgKL8H7Fvwu.99

  • Johan Summer Aug 9, 2015
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    Firstly, ,my prayers go out to this young man's family! Secondly, I'm a realist, but I do believe we can make positive change in our society. I hope that I can see, in my lifetime, where "race" is just a block you check on an application for a job, or other business paperwork, and that we ALL take responsibility for making our communities safe, and "raise" our youth better, one community at a time. I know most parents really do the best they can, but I also know many parents can do better at raising children and teaching them "right and wrong." Yes, that term was used in the old days - but you know what - it worked! I fondly remember the days in middle and high school when the usual arguments occurred, but race was not involved. Sure do miss those days (and they were not that very long ago!).

  • Josha Barton Aug 9, 2015
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    I can personally testify about the tribulations this poor child suffered way before he was murdered. I pray that he is finally at peace. As always, I wish i would have done more. But we black people are told to mind our business and worry about our own children. But who cares for the child that doesnt have that strong family? Crack, alcohol, and self pleasures are continously breaking down the black family. Grand parents, daycares, schools, jails , the streets and prisons are raising way to many of our youth. Yes, death has become all to common in our lives. Within the last two months, my son and i have both lost a dear friend by the gun of some lost soul. To the writer that commented about black lives only mattering when their lives are Taken by white hands, sad and very harsh, but true. Its because we are already dealing with genocide by our people so tell the cops we dont need their help when it comes to murdering our men and women and kids thanks. We need help saving them.

  • Richard Mackey Aug 9, 2015
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    WHAT difference does that make? Lots of folks don't have the same last name.....smh

  • Roy Jones Aug 9, 2015
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    This was no random act ask the question why ways

  • Rick Fetter Aug 8, 2015
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    It's not the guns, it's the people. Or do you think the guns MAKE people evil? Perhaps you also think cars MAKE people get drunk? Maybe you also think matches MAKE people start house fires?

  • Djofraleigh Anderson Aug 8, 2015
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    From where he was shot to where he was found was not on the way to Wake Med. Makes no sense, but my prayers to the the family, and I too believe in a hereafter. There has to be a better reason than a random murder or how is anyone around here going to feel safe around their own homes.

  • Megan Waldron Aug 8, 2015
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    As if that's remotely relevant. Praying for the family.

  • Donald Holder Aug 8, 2015
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    If she's his stepmother, why doesn't she have his last name?