Wilson community seeks answers in 7-year-old boy's shooting death
Posted July 27
Wilson, N.C. — A crowd of more than 100 people stood across the steps and sidewalk of the Wilson County Courthouse Sunday night for a candle-light vigil to remember a 7-year-old boy killed by gunfire Wednesday night.
Kamari Jones died after someone started shooting outside the boy's home on Parkview Street sometime after 10 p.m. He was inside when a bullet flew through a bedroom window, striking the boy in the head, according to neighbors.
Among those present Sunday night was Jones' mother, who said the past few days have been difficult. She felt like his memory was honored Sunday night.
"His presence is here. The Lord has his spirit, but he's still here with everybody," Masheka Carter said. "I have my days when I'm sad, but then, I look to the Lord, and I'm OK.
Carter said she is hopeful the vigil will help bring about the one thing she's been longing for since her son's death – justice.
"We need to be here," Wilson Mayor Bruce Rose said at the vigil Sunday night. "This is a sad time in our community, and all of our hearts are broken."
Neighbors reported a man between two duplexes firing shots across the street, hitting at least two cars.
Authorities haven't commented on details of their investigation or a possible motive for the shooting, but Police Chief Thomas Hopkins, who was also at Sunday's vigil, said the police department has been calls from law enforcement agencies across the state offering to help.
"All of our investigators and officers are working on this case," Hopkins said. "Somebody knows what happened."
Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 252-243-2255 or 252-399-2323.