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Series of shootings in Raleigh has neighbors worried about escalating violence

Posted November 11, 2019 2:57 p.m. EST
Updated November 11, 2019 6:13 p.m. EST

— Three people are dead, two people are injured and, while there are two people in custody, Raleigh police continue to look for other suspects in separate fatal weekend shootings.

On Friday night, Antonio O'Neal Early, 31, was found shot to death in the parking lot of a popular nightclub on Trawick Road.

Two men were arrested Saturday and linked to that crime.

A Raleigh mother was shot and killed that same evening in the 500 block of Bragg Street, and two men were injured. Jean Onivogui, 31, and Roy Chester Hyman, 55, are expected to make a full recovery from their injuries.

Police have yet to identify a suspect or make an arrest in the death of Kimberly Holder.

Early Sunday, shortly after shots rang out on Beverly Drive, a man was left at WakeMed, dead of a gunshot wound.

Police have not said whether any of the incidents are related. Because of the Veterans Day holiday, leaders at the Raleigh Police Department were unavailable to comment Monday.

Those who live in these neighborhoods, though, are concerned about escalating violence.

The root cause, most people believe, is the kind of poverty that leads to desperation. James Colclough, a cousin of Holder, who stopped by her memorial Monday, said simply, "It's part of the reality."

Tru Pettigrew, known for his local leadership in building bridges across racial, generational and cultural divides, disagrees with that mindset.

"The moment we normalize any kind of violence and accept it is the day that we've lost the battle," he said.

"It’s not just the police. It’s not just education. It’s not just government, not just the church. We’re all going to have to come together to figure out how to put a stop to this."

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