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Strangers, family gather to remember slain Wilson 7-year-old

Dozens attended a memorial service Thursday night for Kamari Jones, 7, who was shot and killed July 23 after a bullet passed through his bedroom window and struck him in the head.

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WILSON, N.C. — Albert Sauls didn’t know Kamari Jones, the little boy killed last week when bullets ripped through his home, but he was among dozens at a visitation service inside Hamilton Funeral Chapel Thursday night to remember the child.

“Seven-years-old, it is real sad,” he said.

Yolanda Johnson didn’t know Kamari either, but she also made her way to the funeral home.

"It touched me. It touched me hard," she said.

Kamari died July 23 after someone fired bullets outside his home on Parkview Street.

One of the bullets passed through Kamari’s bedroom window and struck him in the head.

Montavius Syquan Davis, 24, of 7726 Gardners School Road, Stantonsburg, was arrested and charged Thursday with first-degree murder.

Charles Moore, who lives near Davis, said he was at the residence recently with investigators.

“They brought him back here with an orange jumpsuit on, then they went back there,” he said.

Moore said the murder charge against Davis seemed out of character for him.

“I have been seeing him in and out and it just doesn’t fit him,” he said.

While Kamari’s death caused shock and anger throughout Wilson, it has also rallied the city.

“It is starting to bring Wilson back together,” Johnson said.

About 100 residents, city leaders and police officers attended a vigil for Kamari outside the Wilson County Courthouse on Sunday. Kamari will be laid to rest on Friday.

It is that community cohesiveness that helped lead investigators to an arrest, said police, who added they expect more arrests. Investigators have not commented on why shots were fired into Kamari's home.

Davis is scheduled to make his first court appearance Friday morning.


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