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Murdered Teen Seen as Victim of Drug Violence

Posted July 21, 1997 12:00 a.m. EDT

— For the family of a young Raleigh woman whose body was found over the weekend, the mean streets commonly seen on television are a very dangerous home. The bottom line is: illegal drugs are killing our children.

Like most parents, the mother of 15-year-old Necole Jones, believed her daughter was safe. She trusted her daughter's friends. At least that's how she felt before her daughter was killed. Now Christine Grayson believes no one is safe.

Necole Jones' mother says the pain won't stop, nor will the search for answers.

Grayson admits drugs and violence are common in her neighborhood. She says she believes her daughter was an innocent victim of this dangerous trend.

William Burford has been arrested in connection with Jones' death. Previously, he was also arrested on a long list of drug charges, including possession of crack cocaine. Drug counselors say the connection between crack and violence is getting worse.

The recent shooting death of Raleigh police officer Paul Hale is proof that drug violence can affect anyone. Counselors says it's not just a problem for one area of the city.

Hooker says the whole city needs to acknowledge the drug problem and work together to solve it.

Necole Jones will be laid to rest Thursday. Anyone who would like to help the family with burial expenses may make donations at any BB&T bank branch.

Photographer:Ron Pittman