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Teen shot to death in Rocky Mount

Posted December 1, 2010

— An 18-year-old and a 15-year-old are charged in connection with the shooting death of a 16-year-old Rocky Mount boy before shortly before midnight Tuesday, police said.

Officers responding to reports of a shooting found Murray Deshawn Chamberlain behind 920 Long Ave. Police said that Chamberlain was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police initially charged Ladarrius Tavon Hatcher with first-degree murder. However, after consulting with the district attorney's office, police downgraded the charge to involuntary manslaughter.

Hatcher surrendered to police Wednesday morning.

A 15-year-old, whose identity wasn't released, was charged as an accessory after the fact. He was placed in the Pitt Juvenile Detention Facility in Greenville.

Police have not disclosed more details about the circumstances of the shooting. The investigation was ongoing.

Anyone who has any information about the case should call Rocky Mount police at 919-972-1411 or Crime Stoppers at 919-977-1111 or e-mail crimestoppers@rockymountnc.gov.

State Department of Correction records show that Hatcher was serving probation for an April conviction for disorderly conduct and 2009 convictions for resisting an officer and disorderly conduct.


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  • gman007 Dec 2, 2010

    Ooops, it was supposed to say "the music wasn't about.." in regards to our music growing up. I'm also suprised no one came back with something like, "Oh, you didn't have murders and rapes when you grew up?" Well, yes we did. Mostly tho, they were committed by adults, not 13-17 year olds.

  • gman007 Dec 1, 2010

    Yep, what people see and hear on TV and radio have absolutely no effect on their thought process. That's why companies waste billions of dollars each year on commercials. And for those who say music didn't cause them to do things when they were growing up have never seen an Elvis impersonator, grew their hair a certain way, etc. Oh, and btw, when we were growing up, the music was about rape, murder, and other gang violence.

  • simmian72 Dec 1, 2010

    I live outside of Wilson, and Rocky Mount is a cesspool. Even going to Chucky Cheese is a stress sometimes. Always got to watch the "brothas and sistas". I guess even a town with an Olive Garden can be a dump. haha

  • carla349 Dec 1, 2010

    We used to stop in Rocky Mount on trips to OBX. Now we go out of our way to avoid it. I've never seen so many people milling about midweek during working hours. It's like Saturday afternoon EVERY day. Apparently no one has a job! I've been to Durham. Durham has pockets of history, class, nice neighborhoods. RM is one big ghetto now. At least towns further east on 64 are being built up...we make those our rest stops now!

  • CarolinaGirlRJA Dec 1, 2010

    @ fatchanceimwrong - "being raised by mothers and grandmothers who are incompetent to raise the children effectively"

    I don't think incompetent is the word. I do know a few single moms who are very well in control of their children, but it is because they are heavily involved in their lives. There are, however, many that do not know how to properly keep control of their chidlren and actively participate in monitoring what they do or who they associate with. With that being said, there are also many who have children who become involved in gang activity. Once you are in, the only way out is usually by death. Its a scarey world for our young adults to grow up in.

    To others, its not just Durham or Rocky Mount either. When I was in high school (Garner), I served as a peer mediator, and you would be surprised as to how close things like this are to everybodys homes.

  • NCStatePack Dec 1, 2010

    I don't care what anyone says, music does not make someone murder, do drugs, have sex, etc. The problem with children is strictly in their upbringing, not the music they choose or are allowed to listen to.

  • CarolinaGirlRJA Dec 1, 2010

    @ jbarron4950 -- Where in my statement did I say the story stated that? I was meerly responding to what fatchanceimwrong wrote. I am agreeing that in a lot of these cases of young men committing crimes, there is usually a few common denominators. I'm not saying not having a father is always the cause, there are numerous things that contribute to it. I included the enviornment they are growing up in. i.e. gang activity and possible peer pressures. I'm not saying its just black people either, that applies to all races.

  • dmsnss Dec 1, 2010

    You know...I think we are all kind of missing a point here. Let's back up and ask a series of simple questions that really need to be answered. 1) Why are they out on the street at midnight? 2)Where exactly are their parents while these kids are out? 3)Why are they armed? and 4) Where do these guns come from? I think a few of the answers are obvious. The real problem here is that your elected officials are completely lying to us all. Why? So they don't have to incur the expense of cleaning this riff raff off the streets. The Mayor is clueless, the Police Chief is either blind or so isolated that he actually believes the things he says. Unless and until some serious changes are made in this city, we will all be forever prevented from living a normal life. Until we get someone here who is willing to step up and take a stand against the gangs and the guns, we will not be able to leave our homes at night to shop, or go to a restaurant. Put some real thought into it Rocky Mount citizens. Ge

  • mochabrown Dec 1, 2010

    If you are man enough (and in some cases woman enough) to shoot and kill someone in cold blood, then don't act like a little kid and go into hiding. Go over to Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan and shoot at the enemy.

  • AnotherIgnoredComment Dec 1, 2010

    Once again Chief Manley's statement at the beginning of this year show his ignorance and inability to lead. Told everyone crime was down, guess since all those girls bodies were found outside of the town limits that means the murders don't count on your statistics.....rocky mount continues to go out of control....thanks Knight and Manley and the rest of the crew