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Murder victim's family talks about death

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- After a shooting and stabbing at a Wilmington night club early Sunday morning, one man is dead and another injured. Tonight the family of the young man killed are speaking out about what happened.

The night before Cornelius "Pete" Blanks died, he was at home in Burgaw celebrating his grandfather's 95th birthday with family.

"He just wanted to go out and have a good time somewhere else, because the party we had for my dad was closing down," Blanks's uncle Jerome Johnson said. "He wanted to go out. Some guys came by, picked him up and went out."

Blanks, 20, was shot and killed outside of Club 609 at 4418 Market Street in Wilmington. His uncle says he thinks gangs were involved.

"He was just in an area where there was some gangs. Some punk ass, coward ass, gang members," Johnson said.

Johnson says Blanks was shot twice in the back after getting into a fight with gang members at Club 609. Police say he was pronounced dead at the hospital.

Blanks had a two-year-old son. His cousin Ivey Johnson says its a shame the little boy will now have grow up without a father.

"We were sitting here, and I saw Pete walking over here and his son ran out the door and grabbed him by the legs, and me and my cousin said, 'That little boy loves his daddy,'" Ivey Johnson said.

His family says Blanks played basketball at Pender High School and graduated in 2009. Blanks was working the night shift at a poultry processing plant in Wallace.

Ivey Johnson says Sunday was supposed to be a day of celebration. He says the family was planning to celebrate Blanks's mothers birthday.

"Senseless. It's just senseless," Ivey said. "You know, these kids, they don't value life. They probably went home and saw their mama. That man didn't get to see his mama. His mama didn't get to see him. That's a hurting feeling."

Friends of Blanks have set up a Facebook page to honor his memory.

Robert Lee McGruder, III, 20, of Leland, was stabbed outside of the club. He was taken to the hospital for treatment.

So far, no arrests have been made in the investigation.

Robert Lee McGruder, III, 20, of Leland was stabbed. He was taken to the hospital for treatment.

So far, no arrests have been made the investigation.

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Ok I have watched all the

Ok I have watched all the comments on here. If you didnt know Pete then you shouldnt talk about him. I meet Pete when his son was first born. He loved his son more then anything. He was with his child everyday unlike most "THUGS" who just have "BABY MOMMAS". Pete did not consider the mother of his child as a "BABY MOMMA". I can tell you from personal experience what type of person he was. He was the most kind heart person you would ever meet. He went to work everyday was never late. Pete did not have a criminal backgroud at all. Pete was from Burgaw so I am almost sure what type of Club 609 is/was. I am from Wilmington and I didnt even know. Pete had a great head on his shoulders and would NOT be involved in any gangs, he was better then that. Pete was the type to walk away from trouble not cause it. I believe he was trying to get away from the drama when things happened. I know a few of the Blanks brothers and they all have a great head on their shoulders. They were raised right. They were raised to respect people and to walk away from trouble.I can say that NONE of the Blanks brothers are involved in any gangs!!!! I give Ms. Blanks major props for raising her children right. I know Pete's son will be raised right and remember his father through his grandmother and uncles. I will keep the Blanks family in my thoughts and prayers. I hope they catch the people who took one of the good guys from this world!

Ain't No Place Like Home is

Ain't No Place Like Home is a phrase we should all respect. You can't do what you want away from home just because you think you can. Know your place and you will be just fine.

How it is that every time

How it is that every time someones a victim of a violent crime and are someone of color they are considered to be a gang member and people post ignorant things about them. Why is that they just couldn't be someone who was enjoying themselves and came outside to some BS that didn't involve them. Maybe they parked their car to far and walked through a crowd that they didn't know where gang members. Just trying to make it home to rest for work next week and someone wants to fight because he wasn't from around here, and while trying to defend themselves gets shot and dies. I didn't hear the police say he had a background of trouble, he was working and taking care of his family. If you don't like people of color just say that. Please take time to consider their family while writing this comments, you wouldn't want anyone to disrespect your perfect child if something bad happen to them.

I feel sorry for the young

I feel sorry for the young man mother cause at the end of the day she is the one who has to suffer but at the same time they never told he was the one who stabbed the other young man who liked to have died and his parents had to suffer that tragedy so with that said he was just as much a punk as the other punks who harmed him I just dont understand people they dont see the wrong their kids done but when something happens to theirs they see all the wrong wow!!!!!

watch your mouths

First off everybody is different you don't know what anybody going threw went threw they family don't have nothing to doing with how kids come out I bet people who up here talking kids not any better thats disrespectful judging people and their family and you don't know the facts I bet if it Washn someone in y'all family you wouldnt be saying yawn and smart sh** out the mouth thats man Was a good person not in gangs he was just at the wrong place at the time I pay all my respect to his family and pray y'all be strong and keep your heads up don't listen to none of these stupid people on here like they say if you don't got nothing nice to say dont say nothing at ALL!!!!!

Follow your own rules

Since you called everybody on here stupid and that qualifies as not saying something nice, you should shut your thug life loving hole.

When you get a chance...

...could you please translate that into English?

When you get a chance...

No kidding. I have no idea how the comment above translates! Only people that think, write and talk exactly like that will understand it, so if this comment was meant to enlighten those of us who respect the English language, you missed your mark by far. We don't understand. And as far as I know, there is not a web site or any other useful tool that can translate it for us.

Get out of the bars no matter who you are. Stay away from the known businesses that these low-life thugs with no education but with lots of ammo hang out. If you have a family, be home with your family and not in these losing establishments that cater to gangs. You can't say that he was in the wrong place at the wrong time if he put himself in that place and time. It was a poor choice of a place to be if you ask me. And the people that were there that know what happened will not stand up and "testify" and "show respect" for their brother because they are scared to death of what might happen to them if they did. How many days/hours/seconds until the next son, father, brother, friend, is laying in the street with everyone standing around with their hands up in the air saying "we saw nothing"?

Hey, if the gangs want to

Hey, if the gangs want to thin each other out, I'm all for it. The less of them the better. These incidents are happening at known gang "hangouts". I say the rest of us just stay away (who would want to go to this bar anyway!?) and let them stab and shoot each other til there are none left. Problem solved.

The thugs are

doing a fine job of cleaning/clearing the streets of themselfs. Keep up the good work. And the heat of summer is'nt here yet.

No arrests? Shocking

If gangs were involved, no one will say anything out of fear of retaliation and this violence will continue. Awful.

thug on thug

thug on thug crime.......same ol' same ol'..........yawn

yo man u need to chill wid

yo man u need to chill wid those comments cause me his family and friends dont like that crap it may seem like that to you but we are the one losen someone important in our lifes so watch what u put up here!!!

It's not so-called Ebonics

Translation please?
Besides, what really, are you going to do???
Go shoot another THUG?
Oh My,Are you trying to convey a threat?
Are you going to storm WWAY, demanding IP addresses? Really, if you even knew what to do with such complicated info....
ROTFL......

This One, I can translate...

Okay, At least I will attempt to decode this verbiage from THE swampdog38. Note 38.

Dear Sir,

Please refrain from making derrogatory comments about our friend and our family member who was either killed by senseless violence or maimed for life, by the same.

You may think that we don't care about our fellow gang members, but we do, so please think before you blog.

Gang bangers have feelin's too!

Editorial note from this blogger to swamptydog 38:* It is too late for your dead friend/family members, but NOT for you! Have the guts to leave this city and all of this junk behind. You can't leave here fast enough! No one will even miss you, don't be fooled. Be on the next jet to anywhere you want to go to start a new crime free life! It won't be easy, but it will be smart and you will live to see your next birthday, because you know that there will be more 38 gang members engaged in Urban warfare. Did Moma break your code?

Uh, what? Translation please.

Thuglish? What language is this?

Then change how you live

If you don't like it, change how you and your thug friends live your lives. Try to get an education so you can spell and form proper sentences and maybe you could become a valuable member of society. I know, it will take effort and will be much harder than just "kickin' it" or "keepin' it real."

SENDING MY CONDOLENCES

HEY, I DO NOT PERSONALLY KNOW THIS YOUNG MAN BUT IT IS A SHAME IN THIS WORLD THAT HE LOST HIS LIFE BECAUSE OF THESE LITTLE PUNK WANNABE THUGS IN WILMINGTON! I JUST LOST A FRIEND DUE TO SOME OF THE SAME KIND OF PEOPLE 2 WEEKS AGO & I JUST WANT TO SEND MY CONDOLENCES TO THIS FAMILY & I WILL KEEP YALL IN MY PRAYERS! I AGREE W/ MR. JEROME JOHNSON ABOUT THESE BEING PUNK A** COWARD LITTLE BOYS! I WISH THE WILMINGTON POLICE DEPT COULD GET ALL THESE THUGS & ILLEGAL GUNS OFF OF THE STREETS! I AM SO SORRY FOR YOUR FAMILY'S LOSS & I WISH HIS MOTHER & SON THE BEST! GOD WILL BE WITH YOUR FAMILY!

I AM SO SORRY TO HEAR ABOUT

I AM SO SORRY TO HEAR ABOUT THIS YOUNG MANS DEATH AND I FEEL FOR THE FAMILY, I KNOW HOW THIS FEELS AS WE ALSO HAVE SEEN A PROBLEM WITH ANYONE COMING FORWARD IN THE DEATH OF OUR LOVED ONE AND IT MAKES IT HARD ON THE FAMILY. WE ARE STILL WAITING AND IT HAS BEEN A WHILE. I HOPE YOU HAVE ANSWERS SOON.THIS IS SO HARD AS PEOPLE WILL SAY CRUEL THINGS THAT DO NOT EVEN KNOW THIS YOUNG MAN AND YOU JUST HAVE TO TRY TO PAY THESE IGNORANT ONES NO ATTENTION.I HOPE YOUR LAW INFORCEMENT CAN HELP YOU GET SOME PEACE AND YOU GET THE ONES RESPONSIBLE THAT HAVE NO REGARDS TO HUMAN LIFE OR THE FAMILIES THEY DESTROY.GOOD LUCK AND GOD BLESS.YOU ALL.