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Three more charged in slaying of Fayetteville teen

Posted October 16, 2014 4:32 p.m. EDT
Updated October 16, 2014 5:48 p.m. EDT

Friends and family of Joseph Braxton III created a memorial near where he was killed Saturday night. (Candace Sweat/WRAL)

— Police have charged three more suspects in the September shooting death of 16-year-old Joseph Braxton of Fayetteville.

Rashaun Tyree Graham, 17, and D’ontrae Taivon Lloyd, 18, both of 140 Eulon Loop in Raeford, were arrested Thursday in Hoke County. They were each charged with first-degree murder and conspiracy.

Warrants have been obtained for Deonta Zaquan Graham, 17, of 6916 Kizer Drive. Graham is also charged with first-degree murder and conspiracy.

"Detectives are actively attempting to locate Graham and are encouraging family members to have Graham turn himself into authorities," Fayetteville police said in a statement.

Braxton, a student at 71st High School in Fayetteville, was shot and killed Sept. 27 when he arrived at a birthday party on Randleman Street.

Detectives on Tuesday arrested Devontay Jquan Douglas, of 1319 Worstead Drive, and charged him with first-degree murder and conspiracy.

His arrest happened the same day that Braxton's mother, Tabitha Brown, expressed to WRAL News her frustration that witnesses hadn't come forward with information that could help police arrest her son's killer.

"I'm so happy I want to cry," Braxton's father, Joseph Braxton Jr., said after learning of Douglas' arrest.

Jaquiel Markete Reuben, 18, of 6347 Rockford Drive, was arrested Wednesday and charged with accessory after the fact to first-degree murder.

About 20 students from 71st High School were invited to the party, and there were about 10 adult chaperones. Fayetteville Police Chief Harold Medlock said several of those attending saw the shooting and might have recorded it on cellphones.

Investigators haven't commented on a possible motive, but Brown said she believes her son's death was in retaliation for a fight between him and several other people a week before his death.

Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to contact Fayetteville police at 910-237-9391 or Crime Stoppers at 910-483-8477. Tips can also be sent by text to 274637.