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Three arrested in shooting of Seventy-First High student

Posted November 10, 2008
Updated November 11, 2008

— Police on Monday arrested three men in the shooting of a 16-year-old Seventy-First High School student.

Investigators said that two men assaulted Julius Whitsett, and then another man shot the teen in the neck Thursday, Nov. 6. The attack happened in the Berriedale Drive and Brussels Court area.

Whitsett was airlifted to UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill and released later that week.

On Monday evening, officers arrested Keenan Lemar Brown, 18, and Willie Howard Robinson, 17, both of 5706 Selkirk Place, and Michael Adam Mathis, 18, of 6582 Vineyard Drive.

Brown faces charges of attempted first-degree murder, assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury and conspiracy to commit assault.

Robinson and Mathis were each charged with simple assault, conspiracy to commit assault and aiding and abetting a felony.

The suspects were booked in the Cumberland County Jail Monday evening.


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  • LovingLife Nov 12, 2008


    LOL....Are you serious?!........LOL

  • ncpolicepro Nov 12, 2008

    Did anyone notice that two of these kids are the same ones that reportedly got tased at school last wednesday for fighting.

  • familyfour Nov 11, 2008

    How do these kids relate to Obama? Because they are all black? They don't relate at all.kimberly

    They all related to him when they were out voting for him. I wasn't trying to make a *racist* comment, but an honest review. I didn't pick the people who committed these crimes. I didn't pick the outstanding number of black voters that turned out this year, either. I was just optimistically thinking out loud. Change will not come to our states, or these families until PEOPLE take responsibility for their actions.

    Yes, I do think they should be able to relate to him. Just like they thought HE would be able to relate to THEM. Family is the origin of these problems and will continue to be until they find something bettter to look up to than thugs with guns. Maybe it was my mistake to think they could look up to their president? Shame on me.

  • Just the facts mam Nov 11, 2008

    The problem is not with the color of these teenagers - although that is a common trait. What kind of culture and environment were these 3 brought up in and live in? That is the problem.

  • ncguy Nov 11, 2008

    Well isn't savior Obama gonna fix this sort of problem?- I mean people think this guy is the next Massiah.

    We all know it starts at home-
    Where baby daddy? Locked up
    Where baby momma- strung out
    Who looking after the kids- grandma and she keeps 4 other children too!

  • kimberly1110 Nov 11, 2008

    How do these kids relate to Obama? Because they are all black? They don't relate at all. Obama is a decent human being with values and morals. These kids don't value anything. Period.

  • whatusay Nov 11, 2008

    This country is turning into a "free-for-all". Crime is esculating because there are no values for life. And the reason, welfare system. Our government has created this breakdown by giving welfare to single women who continue to have children as a means of income. No family, no father, no values = CRIMINALS.

  • familyfour Nov 11, 2008

    I suppose it was false hope to have dreamed that if Obama did win the election, that it would be a life-changing experience for some (at least) of the kids who live their lives like this. Seeing him be so successful, and being able to relate to him, I was just hoping for a change, myself. Dreams dashed. Hope diminished. Change....not the kind we need.

  • beach_teach Nov 11, 2008

    I taught the victim in 7th grade and a few of the other kids from that same time.It's a shame.

  • familyfour Nov 11, 2008

    Yep, about the guns....changing gun laws is gonna fix THAT problem.....bet they bought those guns legal eagle.....yeah right.....

    Spend time changing something that will be PRODUCTIVE there, Mr. Oh yes we can change.