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FIRST ON 3: Stabbing victim at Rhino Club confirmed 5-Star General in local gang

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) - Wilmington Police have confirmed Taaron Jones, who was stabbed to death outside the Rhino Club Sunday night, was a confirmed member "Double I" (ii) street gang.

Police say he held the rank of 5-star General and at the time of his death was the highest ranking member in Wilmington.

Police also say the walls inside the Rhino Club are painted in red and black, the primary colors of the "Double I" gang.

An investigator reports as well that employees at the Rhino Club use an electronic device similar to a cattle prod to attempt to gain control of patrons who are disruptive or fighting.

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REALLY?!?!?

I know im late and i know this is old, but really?!?! are you people really that much of assholes. if he was a thug there was probably a good reason for it. and so what Taaron is dead and how dare you people talk bad about the dead! Doesn't The bible say "Be merciful, just as your Father's merciful? Don't pass judgment, and you won't be judged?"
"Give, and it will be given in good measure. For whatever measure you deal out to others, it'll be dealt to you in return"
so if i were you people I'd be(like i am) saying im sorry for the loss of who this man was to you.

OH AND BY THE WAY IM ONLY FIFTEEN AND IM KINDER THAN MOST OF YOU.

CITY SALOON HIRES COPS

Well if City Saloon hires the cops on their own time why do they have the uniform on that my tax dollars help buy? And if they really were dedicated cops then they would help break up fights when they are in the street instead of laughing and watching.....YES I have seen you do it and so have others!!!!! Put my tax dollars to work and instead of eating donuts and TRYING to IMPRESS the girls get to work and do your job.
One thing I don't think Saffo and the other high ranking folks in Wilmington, NC have thought of is where are all these gangs who attended RHINO Club going to go now that they can't go there? Maybe Landfall or causing trouble at another bar that some of us like to go to because there is no drama!!!!! Oh wait or is it the goal to clase all the bars down...so downtown is safer for ALL THE PEOPLE LINING UP FOR THE CONVENTION CENTER?
We don't need more robo cops just people that do their job and do it right. Whatever happen to paddy wagons and handcuffs...to many times I have seen the cops break up a fight and tell the people to get lost....WHAT!!!!! They were drunk and you sent them on their way? What if they had been driving or been hit like I was by a drunk driver? Or do we care about that!!!!!

Maybe you need to pull your

Maybe you need to pull your boots up and go thru BLET where you can make these simple changes that you refer to. Don't be so quick to criticize unless you have been downtown and walked in the shoes of law enforcement.

These Comments are terrible.

Some of these comments are just terrible. How dare u say "the community is better off without him, better him than some good citizen." At the end of the day a young life was lost. A mother family & friends are greiving. If there is nothing positive to say at least have enough respect for his family to say nothing at all. We all have done some wrong in life & there is always a possiblity that someone can change their ways. So its not right for people to sit up here & make comments about a life that has been taken away. Think about it this could have been you or your love one!~ Remember in the end God has the last word so screw all of you & your nasty comments!~ R.I.P Taaron

5-Star general

What a JOKE, 5 STAR GENERAL. The only GENERAL I have heard of are the ones in the military. Not the ones hanging out in night clubs and on the streets at 2-4am

i laugh at you

you're such a funny little caveman. it's easy to sweep around someone else's door. try sweeping around yours for a change. I hear meth is the drug of choice these days. meth labs all over the state.

Sorry

I'm sorry for your lost I know how hard it is to lose someone close to you. I pray for peace and healing and I also pray that people will stop being so mean and hateful in judging this young man. We all have sin in our lives so no one is fit to judge anyone. Thank God that he was here and that he knew that people loved him is all that matters. Some children die the minute they are born. He was a blessing to someone and God sae fit to call him home. My prayer is that he is right and heaven is his eternal home.

thanx

thank you for being true unlike these other hateful people some people just fail to realise that if your raised in the hood you follow ather what you see so merk wasnt worng at all who ever stabbed him to dath should cry ever day for wwhat they did a taaron aka merk was not in a gang he was in a movment called 1090 the movment and i didnt even now about him until my sister told me about him then i started listing to his music my favorit one is attuides

WE LOVE AND MISS YOU TAY TAY AKA MERK AKA TAARON
R.I.P. MERK BIDDY

Tah dah

You win the prize for having the longest, unintelligible, mistake filled comment of the day. Ah, he wasn't in a gang but a movement. Well that just clears everything up. So if a thug steals my car, he isn't a thief but a car re-locator by your logic. And a drug dealer is just an un-licensed pharmacist.

while this man may have did

while this man may have did his wrong in life...havent we all? And its so sad to see these comments because no matter what he did a life is a life, and its a precious thing to see go suddenly and so young. I wish some of ya'll could listen to yourself, and the bigot comments you make. This man was someones child, someones brother, cousin, first love, whatever and his life is no less valuable because of the things he may have done.

You act like its ok to be in

You act like its ok to be in a street gang. They do nothing but commit crimes, wreak havoc, spread violence wherever they go, and kill innocent bystanders without a second thought. The parents should have done a better job raising him. Had they done a better job and kept him off the streets in his childhood/teenage years, this probably could have been avoided. Just because you're part of a low income family doesn't mean you can't discipline your kids and be in their lives to help them and keep them in school and off the streets.

DONT BLAME THE PARENTS FOR WHAT KIDS DO AFTER THE AGE OF 18

THIS MAN WAS GROWN...HIS PARENTS NOR ANYONE ELSE HAD A SAY SO TO WHAT HE PLANNED ON DOING WITH HIS LIFE!!THIS MIGHT NOT HAVE BEEN THE BEST CHOICE FOR HIM BUT HE DID WHAT HE HAD TO DO FOR HIS FAMILY AND CLOSE PEOPLE!!I CANT BELIEVE THE THINGS I SEE ON HERE ABOUT HIM!!IS THIS HOW ALL YOU COLD HEARTED PEOPLE FEEL WHEN SOMEONE BLACK DIES?IF SOO THATS A SHAME ND I GOT SOME WORD FOR YOU!YOUR INCONSIDERATE AND RACIST AS HECK!!AND I AM A MOTHER OF A BOY AND IM DOING EVERYTHING I CAN TO MAKE SURE HE DOESNT HAVE TO LIVE HIS LIFE ON THE STREETS BUT AT THE END OF THE DAY WHEN HE GETS GROWN IF THATS WHAT HE CHOOSES TO DO I CANT DO ANYHTING ABOUT IT BECAUSE HE WILL BE GROWN JUSST LIKE TAA'RON JONES WAS!!AND BELIEVE IT OR NOT I BELIEVE TAA'RON WAS A GOOD PERSON EVEN THOUGH HE DIDNT MAKE THE BEST DECISIONS IN LIFE!!!

Re; You act like it's ok to be in a gang

I am doing my best not to judge you, like you are obviously doing! Let's all try to show a bit of empathy here. It is not really fair for you to assume that these people have not been disciplined by their parents and that their being in a gang has anything to do with their income. Gang members come from all walks of life. I happen to know that some of these people come from very wealthy families. Some are even raised in church and have been disciplined by their parents. Yet they join a gang. I will pray for you and your family. Just know that it is ONLY by the GRACE of God that it is not one of your own.

Not Even

The comment that you made makes no sense at all. You can not blame this childs parents for his actions. Every human being has his own mind and his actions are his own.A comment like this must be coming from someone with no children because if you had a child that wouldn't even had been a thought that went through your brain. Children are going to be children. It's probably not that his parents didn't show him the right way to go. It's that he didn't tale their advice. So the next time I would advise you to think things over and look at both sides instead of seeing a black boy with dreads and automatically thinking he is a hoodlum. You never know peoples situation or the struggles they have went through.You're not God, you shouldn't judge people. My condolences go out to all of his family and friends. I'll keep you all in my prayers. Remember times get hard but God is always right there beside you even when no one else is.

But he WAS a hoodlum! You

But he WAS a hoodlum! You all seem to think its ok to be in a gang and be a 5 star "general" well let me tell you, you don't get that high by stealing groceries from the store. This guy was a "thug" and tried to live the thug life. He made some bad decisions and probably murdered some people along the way. Like it or not, people will, and have, judged him for that. You can try to change it all you want, but he was a THUG in a low life street gang. Any positives will not outshine his negatives. He chose his path. Now that people see it and know, there is, and will be, no sympathy. Had he made the right choices in life, people wouldn't see him in the negative light.

WOW

To whoever posted this, "You act like its ok to be in a street gang. They do nothing but commit crimes, wreak havoc, spread violence wherever they go, and kill innocent bystanders without a second thought. The parents should have done a better job raising him. Had they done a better job and kept him off the streets in his childhood/teenage years, this probably could have been avoided. Just because you're part of a low income family doesn't mean you can't discipline your kids and be in their lives to help them and keep them in school and off the streets.", you have some nerve. I don't know this guy but I sure hope you do. If you do or if you don't really does not matter. The truth is that the life a person chooses cannot be blamed on their parents or their economic class. It is a matter of choice. What about kids that are born to crack addicts and live in cars and watch their mothers and/or fathers prostitute themselves or sometimes even the children and then go on to become well-educated successful members of society and/or loving parents? I pray for you that you will never know the heartache of knowing that you have done all you can and your kids are not what you expected.

I would say that his life

I would say that his life was of less value than that of a good, upstanding citizen. Think about it, whose life diminishes a community more. 1 - gang leader involved in selling drugs (poison) to our citizens OR 2 - ordinary guy who works for a living, pays his taxes and strives to be a good husband, father, church member, etc. I think the answer is obvious and would also argue that the community is better off without him being here. Not saying I'm glad he's dead. But better him than some innocent person not trying to live the Thug Life.

Stating the Facts

Personally, I believe regardless if the individual was black, white, green, yellow, or polka dotted blue... a life was still taken and justice needs to be served. So wat if he was a high ranking gang member!!!! No one deserves to lose their life over someone else's stupidity!!! We cannot blame Taaron because he was in a gang, we cannot blame the Rhino because it happened "OUTSIDE" of their club, we cannot blame the WPD because of the lack of officers on duty, BUT we CAN BLAME the coward who took his life, who is STILL WALKING THE STREETS!!!!! Also, due to the fact that he was a gang member should be all the more reason we come together as a community and stop this senseless violence!!! All this stir of the media consistantly elaborationg on the fact that he was a gang member is ridiculous and needs to stop... what business is it of theirs or the WPD (yes im pointing the finger becasue it had to come from them... WWAY doesn't have access to criminal records) to expose someones criminal and/or background history regardless of what color you are, where you live, or the set you claim. Yes I strongly agree that when an African American (even Hispanic- depending on the crime) is involved, it is more common that the childhood and criminal background history is brought up... but why??? what does it prove?? what does it solve??? Moreless... what is the purpose especially when a life has been taken??? Has anyone thought to take the time to think about the family?? This is the second child they have lost in less than a month!!! Where is tha compassion and sympathy for the mother who has to bury her child!!! Has anyone thought to send her a condolence, a card, a flower or two... NO because they'd rather badger and brow beat her son's character!!! Furthermore, if the media was so politically correct they would know that Taaron was NOT fighting... he was actually an innocent bystander who failed victim to someone's cowardness!!! Where are the video tapes... im sure the many cameras downtown in that area have captured somthing!!!! I just hope that justice is served and the case isn't closed because it was a black on black crime and he was in a gang!!! My prayers go out to the Jones family... may God bless you all in this time of need and may you all be granted the justice and closure that you deserve!!! R.II.P. Taaron aka Merk Biddy... you were a great person, and well loved by many, a positive influence in the community, and to people around you. You will truly be missed!!! <3

Criminal records are public

Criminal records are public record sweetie. You can find just about anything you want on just about anybody. The fact that he had a criminal record does not make his life less valuable than anyone else’s. The fact he was a “gangster” with a background and not a productive member of society with a back ground does. What the heck do they think they will grow to be an old gang member, have the street name Gramps? How did he become a four star general, pretty sure it wasn’t by helping the homeless? Get a grip; joining a gang only shortens your life span or time you get to spend outside the penitentiary. He made a choice and he suffered the ultimate consequence. End of story.
I’ve got an idea why don’t all you “want to be gangsters” up and leave, go to Raleigh. I’m pretty sure Philly or NYC would be too hard for you. Maybe you could make it in Atlanta.
Oh I also love how you show your loyalty to the same gang with your R.II.P.

wrong

"WWAY doesn't have access to criminal records". I am a 48 year old housewife and I have access to criminal records. Just shows how ignorant you are right there. Here ya go:
http://webapps6.doc.state.nc.us/opi/offendersearch.do?method=view

Seriously? No regrets here!

What is sad about this isn't his death. Its how he chose to live life. A thug. No redeeming value to society. He was therefore a terror to our city, dangerous to you and I. Sorry family and friends, but we're all just a little safer now.
Live by the sword, die by the sword. How many people did he put down the same way to make "general"? Sucks to be him.

Ignorance on Face Book

I've never seen such ridiculous, racist, drool over a thug.
But to actually post that crap, for all the world to see with your names and pictures is unbelievable.

If you have jobs, I hope your employer takes a good look at your value system.

All thugs are good boys.

I suppose the guy that stabbed him is a "good boy" too.

Maybe ya'll can make him a page, and glorify him like this "hero".

Before you do another page, learn to read and write. I know it takes longer to compose coherent sentences, but it would help you in your job search.

But wait. Your not searching for a job.

Your too busy glorifying a "gangsta N____r". YOUR WORDS on Facebook not mine.

Wake up and smell the coffee, if the smoke from the "blunt" will let ya.

"Peace out", "talk to the hand", blah blah blah.

First and foremost my

First and foremost my condolences and prayers go out to this young mans family and friends. People never realize what it is like to experience the lost of a loved one until it really happens to them. The media has taken this story and ran wild with it. Just remember that everybody is somebody's child. No one would want their loved one remembered by the bad that they did in life. Everyone with negative comments and the media fail to realize even though he wasn't the "best" he is and was a child of God. People are so ready to judge someone on all the wrong that they encountered in life but before anyone can do that we must first take a look in the mirror and realize that everyone has a past. He may have been in a gang but no one but him knows if he was getting on the right track. The incident that occurred was senseless and could have been prevented. So now instead of the family and friends dwelling on what the media is projecting about him, just thank God for the time that he allowed Mr. Jones to dwell on this earth. And the reason why WECT isn't dwelling on this is because they have respect for people.

Where's Daddy?

I've read a lot of comments describing the pain Taaron's mother is having to go through, but where is this child's father?

responsibilty of fathers

this is probably a classic case of a poor family where the father toook a walk----it shows us how a "complete" family is soimportant to encouarge to maybe prevent a child from going downhill

Ignorance

What does that have to do with anything?

What you should be asking is for salvation!

I pray that you find it in your heart to stop making hurtful comments..

wway is hurtful

Muckraking and posting comments of hate- how sad how shameful -but this is wway3

ITS A BIG LOSS TO THE PPL WHO LOVED HIM

R.I.P. TAARON...His death was a huge lost to alot of people and further more because he was in a gang dont mean he didnt have goals in life...if you took a walk in his shoes then you would know how his life was. Everybody voicing they opinions but dont know nothing. He could have been out having a good time with his friends when it happened...please dont be so quick to judge unless you grew up with us and lived the life..He was a outstanding person and someone we loved dearly...yes he was in a gang yes he may have done bad things by why bring up is past for what what does it prove...that wilmington is racist and i know that because i was born and raised there. if you die and your background is not clean they air the dirty laundry for no reason. to talk about the past of a death person when it was bad proves to show that wilmington didnt and dont have many opportunities for youth to do something outside of being in gangs and whatnot..police harass the black community on a day to day basic even if they just walking to the store or not...smh...its ashame how society is having such an effect like this saying all this disrespectful things about him...smh...LIKE I SAID KEEP ALL YOUR NEGATIVE COMMENTS TO YOURSELF BECAUSE HE YOU DONT KNOW HIM PERSONALLY AND LIVED HIS LIFE YOU HAVE NOTHING TO SAY...HE WAS A FRIEND/BOYFRIEND/BROTHER/COUSIN/UNCLE/FAMILY TO THOSE WHO NOW MOURN HIM...SHOW RESPECT BECAUSE BESIDES HIM BEING IN THE GANG WAS ALSO HUMAN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Understand one thing and one

Understand one thing and one thing only---actions have consequences. He made choices and those choices cost him his life.