Family of teen shot seeks community input
Posted December 9, 2008 10:38 p.m. EST
Updated December 10, 2008 12:52 a.m. EST
Raleigh, N.C. — There was a call for action Tuesday night following the murder of a 16-year-old in southeast Raleigh. The victim's family, speaking out for the first time at a community meeting, asked for people to help stop the neighborhood violence.
Adarius Monquell Fowler was shot near the intersection of North Tarboro Road and Oakwood Avenue shortly before 9 p.m. on Nov. 21. He was taken to WakeMed, where he died.
"This is a child we are talking about here," said Fianna Shivers, victim's step-mother.
Fowler's family attended a community meeting Tuesday night at the Tarboro Community Center. The center is just two blocks from where the teen was shot.
"We should not have to wait until someone dies to make action, to take action. Take action now for the ones that our still alive,” Shivers said.
Fowler is the third person to be killed on that section of Tarboro Road since 2005.
"There are some people out there that know what happened, and have information, and are reluctant because of fear or some other reasons to come forward,” said Sgt. Rick Armstrong, with the Raleigh Police Protective Association.
Police say the murder may be gang-related, which could explain why witnesses aren't talking.
"If they know something, they need to tell it. This is really serious. We need to find out before that person goes and kills somebody else,” said Shaqula Fowler, victim's sister.
Fowler's family says the community needs to come together.
“If you have a problem with your neighbor and your community, then what are you supposed to do? Infiltrate, take charge, do something about it," Shivers said.
Police say they have increased patrols in the area since the fatal shooting.
Anyone with information in the case is asked to call the Raleigh Police Department’s Detective Division at 919-996-3555 or Crime Stoppers at 919-226-2746.