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Wilson rally gathers those against violence

Posted November 16, 2014

— Hurt and tired, the cold and rain didn’t stop a few dozen people from gathering outside the Wilson County Courthouse on Sunday to rally against violence.

The event comes days after a fourth person was arrested in the killing of Devon Mondrell Deberry, 30, who was found dead inside a Byerly Drive home on Nov. 5.

“The young man that was killed last week here in Wilson was a former classmate of ours,” said Jocelyn Drawhorn, who helped organize the rally and knew Deberry.

Sunday's event was at least the second time this year that community members rallied around the death of a young person. In July, hundreds gathered in front of the courthouse after bullets were fired into a Parkview Street home, killing Kamari Jones, 7.

Six people were arrested in connection with his murder.

Kason Cheeks, who also helped organize Sunday’s event, said the rally was to help connect people in the community with those who want to see change.

“We wanted to provide a platform for the community to hear each other's voices,” he said.

Jairod Barnes, a local middle school teacher, said he sees first-hand how violence affects a community.

“The people that commit the crimes are cousins, relatives, sisters and brothers of the kids I teach,” he said.

Cheeks said Sunday’s rally will be the catalyst to something much bigger.

Many in attendance said they'll support the next event.

“I’m going to call him tonight, because the next meeting he has, I’m going to do whatever I can do,” Barnes said.


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  • Alexia Proper Nov 17, 2014
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    I applaud their effort, but it seems like there should be more from the community than that who are angry and want to fix the problem. There should have been a few hundred around the courthouse.

  • stymieindurham Nov 17, 2014

    “The people that commit the crimes are cousins, relatives, sisters and brothers of the kids I teach,” he said.
    And how many at this "gathering" would alert law enforcement if the suspect were their family.

  • thomassonny Nov 17, 2014

    I am so happy to see this in Wilson. Please let it be known when the next gathering is and I will be more than happy to come with my support.

  • Tarheel Takeover Nov 17, 2014

    Why would people have negative comments about this? Are people just that hateful that they rather disagree on a positive movement. I can look at this picture and tell who isn't there.

  • Howard Sr. Nov 17, 2014
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    Me thinks their time would have been better spent staying in their neighborhoods and spreading the word that parents aren't doing their jobs when raising their kids. Don't be afraid to point fingers and name names...

  • theliberadicator Nov 17, 2014

    How sad, another of liberalism being more important than a person's right to free speech and truth.

    It's a no comment posting kind of Monday isn't WRAL.

  • jimcricket15 Nov 17, 2014

    Well, nice gesture, but until the messaging to people is one of hope and the endless opportunities within this country, the attitudes that lead to this senseless slaughter is just going to continue.

  • Lisa Menendez Nov 17, 2014
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    I bet if it was for more Obama give me something free and Barber saying you deserve something the streets would be packed.

  • JohnnyVoodoo Nov 17, 2014

    I always give credit where credit is due. Regardless whether they are white or black, I give those 30 people standing out there credit for gathering together in the name of calling for peace amongst all the violence and hatred that exists in our country today.

  • theliberadicator Nov 17, 2014

    Are they rallying against their own people in Ferguson?