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Murdered Teen Seen as Victim of Drug Violence

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Arthesia Necole Jones
RALEIGH — For the family of a young Raleigh woman whosebody was found over the weekend, the mean streets commonly seen ontelevision are a very dangerous home. The bottom line is: illegal drugsare killing our children.

Like most parents, the mother of 15-year-old Necole Jones, believed herdaughter was safe. She trusted her daughter's friends. At least that's howshe felt before her daughter was killed. Now Christine Grayson believesno one is safe.

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

Grayson admits drugs and violence are common in her neighborhood. Shesays she believes her daughter was an innocent victim of this dangeroustrend.

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 connectionbetween crack and violence is getting worse.

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

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

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

Photographer:Ron Pittman

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