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Police: Gangs could be responsible for Fayetteville player's death

Posted July 15, 2011 1:09 p.m. EDT
Updated July 15, 2011 2:17 p.m. EDT

— Police said Friday that a shooting at a Raeford Road club two weeks ago was gang-related, and gangs might be responsible for the subsequent slaying of a former Pine Forest High School football player.

Members of the So Icey and GMC, or Get Money Click, gangs began fighting inside and outside of Club Ciroc, at 6323 Raeford Road, early July 2, police said.

At some point, a member of the GMC gang shot Joseph "Gotti" Cason, 17, in the leg. Police identified Cason as a So Icey gang member.

The gunfire scattered club patrons, including William Trower and his friends, police said.

About 15 minutes later, a dark-colored vehicle pulled alongside of Trower's white Chrysler Sebring convertible and fired at least one shot, police said.

Trower, 18, was hit in the head and lost control of his car, which crashed into another vehicle on Raeford Road, police said. He died the next day at UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill.

Trower graduated last month from Pine Forest High, where he was a standout football player. His former coach said he planned to enroll at a junior college in California this fall.

Darian "Boom Boom" Hogan, 18, of Odom Drive in Fayetteville , has been charged with assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury in connection with the nightclub shooting. Police identified him as a GMC gang member.

No one has been charged in Trower's death.

Anyone with information about the shootings is asked to call Fayetteville police at 910-489-3925 or Crime Stoppers at 910-483-8477.