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15-year-old teen shot, killed in Rocky Mount

Posted January 18

— A 15-year-old was shot and killed early Saturday in the 700 block of East Highland Avenue in Rocky Mount, police said.

Authorities responded to the area at about 12:30 a.m. and found Brian Freeman dead outside of a home. 

According to friends, Freeman was walking home with a friend when a car pulled up and started firing. 

Freeman's father, Alfonzo Beverly, said his son's death could have been prevented. 

"I feel like something else could have been done besides this gang banging. It's gang related," said Beverly.

Police have not said if the shooting is gang related, but Beverly said he knows what his son was up to. 

"He's been in a gang for a while now and I've been trying my best to get him out," Beverly said. 

No arrests have been made.

Anyone with information about the incident to call the Rocky Mount Police Department at 252-972-1411 or Twin County Crime Stoppers at 252-977-1111.

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  • dwr1964 Jan 22, 2:27 p.m.

    Dare I say this for fear of GOLO and WRAL being offended? Sure, why not?

    It is extremely unfortunate that this is becoming the "normal" way of life, and in this case, death. Black on black crimes are responsible for more than 70% of all violent crimes. The fact that this child had to die, further shows one of the most troubling issues of our time. These people do not have to die. Mostly kids, who we are hoping can lead this country through the rest of this century, are dying at an alarming rate. Our children are supposed to bury their parents, not the other way around. We, as a community, have to find a way to protect our children from these gangs. Once hooked up with them, our kids are mostly gone anyway. We need to protect them right now. No more stalling. No more excuses. The leaders of our communities, counties, states and the US, need to stop their bickering and fix this before there are no more children left to run our country, when all of us older folks are gone.