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In choice between gym, streets, Raleigh teen is lost

Posted August 10, 2015

Raleigh police are investigating the shooting death of 13-year-old Keyshawn Gregory Friday night in the 1400 block of Beauty Avenue.
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— The Raleigh teen shot to death Friday night loved to play basketball, and at a practice session for the Swish City Basketball League on Monday, his coach said if Keyshawn Gregory had been in the gym, he might still be alive.

"He would always say, 'Coach, if I'm not in the gym, I'm going to get in trouble," coach Anthony Brown said.

According to police, Gregory was in a car with some friends on Beauty Avenue when the people in the car exchanged words with some people on the street. Someone then fired shots into the car and hit Gregory, police said.

Gregory had played for Swish City for two years before taking the summer off. Brown said they had a conversation about his goals in June.

"I told him, you can't have one foot in the streets and one foot in the gym," Brown said.

"He called me about two weeks ago, before we were headed to Myrtle Beach to nationals, and was like, 'Coach, I'm ready to get back in the gym,'" Brown said.

Gregory never made it back.

Brown was driving some players home from practice when he got the news of Gregory's death.

"The kids who were still in the van were devastated. We were all just messed up when we got that call," he said.

Raleigh police arrested three men, also teens, in connection with Gregory's death.

Malik Armein Jones, 19, of 601 Peach Road in Raleigh, faces a single charge of murder and two counts of attempted murder. Both Jamal Christopher Howie, 19, and Jonathan Dejesus Chavez, 18, are charged with being an accessory after the fact to murder.

At Haven House, non-profit whose goal is to support at-risk youth, Patricia Cardoso said the age of the victim and the suspects is saddening but not a surprise. Haven House is seeing children as young as 7 and 9 years old who are at risk, she said.

One key, she said, is keeping kids busy with productive activities, like Gregory's basketball team.

"I feel like 'Shawn was one of those kids who I felt was really using the program to his benefit," Brown said.

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  • Yolanda Clay Aug 11, 2015
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    My condolences to his family.

  • Brenda Bender Aug 11, 2015
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    As a court employee who sees hundreds of cases daily, I can tell you that contrary to what you may believe, criminals do not go to gun shows to buy from "responsible gun owners". A large portion of the guns are stolen and may have been in the "system" for 20 years. By that, I mean they have become the currency of the criminal element. Some guns were purchased by criminals prior to their law breaking activities. Very few guns (percentage wise) trace back to a noncriminal owner that were not stolen at some time.

  • Cary Tom Aug 11, 2015
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    Well, enlighten me Brenda.

  • Brenda Bender Aug 11, 2015
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    You are absolutely clueless about where street guns come from.

  • Johan Summer Aug 11, 2015
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    Another young life lost too early, and unnecessary. My prayers continue to be with this young man's family.

  • Cary Tom Aug 11, 2015
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    ....and just too many guns out there. And for gun enthusiasts, all guns at some point were sold legally, but, eventually ended up in the wrong hands and usually not stolen. Sold privately from good ol responsible gun owners. The streets are awash in guns that were not smuggled in from overseas or mexico.

  • Kenneth Anderson Aug 11, 2015
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    Unless the 2 parent family unit is restored, this story will become even more common than it is now. The government isn't going to fix that problem. Personal responsibility will.

  • Richard Mackey Aug 11, 2015
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    So sad he made the wrong choice :(

  • Lisa Menendez Aug 11, 2015
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    Folks pleas stop commenting kids are growing up in a life people don't understand. Being poor is not an excuse for responsibility... There are more poor people in this country than well to do folks, and most people are not hanging in the streets and nor are their kids... Race has nothing to do with this issue... It lack of parenting, and the government helping and making areas like this to exist. When everyone learns responsibility this will no longer exist. If lives matter then get out in the streets and clean them up...

  • Merideth Page Aug 11, 2015
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    Well said Clayton

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