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Investigators are looking into the death of an inmate at the New Hanover County jail. The body of Andrew Michael Helms was found in his cell at approximately 5:30 this morning. The 20-year-old Charlotte native had been in jail since February 8, 2008. He was awaiting trial on charges of robbery, assault with a deadly weapon and larceny. Authorities say it's standard procedure for the SBI to launch an investigation when a death occurs inside a jail. Authorities would not confirm the cause of death and said more information will be made available as the investigation continues.

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  • hopeless

    Andrew stayed with me, just 4 months before he died, He was homeless. I imagine that he felt really lost in the world. He needed help, I tried to help as much as I could. I bought him some food, and gave him a warm place to sleep for two nights. This was the last time that I saw him. When he committed those crimes, I believe it was because he was desperate. I just wish he would have gotten some professional help. It really is a shame, he was very smart and talented. I do not believe it was anyone’s fault, I only wish my friend was still alive.

  • hopeful

    Alright this isn’t a debate about whos at fault. Noone is. I was friends with Andrew and went to high school with him. He never seemed to be violent or suicidal. He had problems, drugs being one of them, but he treated everyone really respectfully. He graduated in 06 and I’ve only seen him a handful of times since. He was a good person that just made one bad decision after another and didn’t know how to get himself out. I don’t think fingers should be pointed. I think hands should be joined in prayer for him and his family. I hope that if you all believe in an after life that you will pray that when he killed himself he went to a god who comforted him and made his pain go away. It takes a lot of misery to push someone to the point of claiming their own life and I hope he finds his happiness in the after life. The side of him that I knew was good. He wasn’t vicious or cruel and his death deserves respect not debate. Just drop it guys and leave him to rest in peace and in your prayers. Thanks.

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