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Murder victim's cousin says violence must stop

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- A Wilmington teen is dead, and police are still searching for suspects after a shooting last night near downtown.

Neighbors and family members are mourning the loss of Tony Harris Jr., who was affectionately known as T.J. He was shot near the corner of 5th and Harnett.

A woman who lives at 916 1/2 North 5th Avenue called 911 after finding the 16-year-old.

"I have a young black male that just got shot. He's on my porch," the woman tells the dispatcher.

Wilmington Police say Harris was shot twice and pronounced dead at New Hanover Regional Medical Center.

Harris's cousin Demaurios Brunson lives down the street. He says he knows how easy it is for young people to wind up with the wrong crowd.

"I came out of what T.J. Just passed away from," Brunson said. "I came out of that. I don't like seeing this. So if anybody feels what I'm saying, we need to step up and be an example for the youth."

Neighbor Randy Tupper said he has watched his neighborhood go downhill.

"Ever since I've lived here it's been a good neighborhood up until the past month," Tupper said. "There's been a lot of different riff-raff kind of people hanging out doing nothing but just hanging out."

Brunson said he does not know if T.J.'s death was gang-related, but he does know that gangs only lead to death or jail. He says the violence has to stop. He feels called to help turn his community around, and he says his cousin's death is even more motivation.

"If you don't want to be in a gang, and if you know that there's something else that you want out of this world, go get it, and leave these people behind," Brunson said. "Don't look back, you know what I mean? Don't look back."

Anyone with information about this case is asked to call the Wilmington Police Department at (910) 343-3600. You can anonymously Text-a-Tip. Enter TIP708 and the information, and send to CRIMES 274637.

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Jesus Saves

Jesus Saves. I blame Adam and Eve. So much trouble in the world.

It doesn't matter what

It doesn't matter what neighborhood you live in, violence is everywhere; in every neighorhood, in every city,state and town. You can't escape it. However, it need to stop. All these young people losing their lives over something so petty, childish, and very uncalled for. We as a community need to figure out how to end all this violence in this town...!!!!!

You keep fooling yourself

Violence is NOT in every neighborhood and every town. There are still places right here in New Hanover County that are totally devoid of this kind of nonsense. How many gang killings or beat-downs are taking place in Kure Beach? Myrtle Grove? The Porter's Neck area? Bayshore?

You CAN escape the violence by getting your family OUT of the inner city while your kids are still young and allowing them to realize that being a thief or drug dealer is NOT a viable career choice.

You seem to be right

There are not many gang related Beat Downs or Shootings Happening in Kure Beach, Myrtle Grove, Porters Neck. Actually most of the shooting in those areas you mentioned are the middle and upper class youth of those areas shooting dope in thier own arms. Every neighborhood has problems of SOME kind whether it be gangs, home and car break ins, drug use, ect. Seems to me that people want to look to far in to the race aspect of things, but I see just as many whites and blacks when I look at mug shots on starnewsonline.com every day.

The root cause is certainly not race

It has to do with society crumbling across all races. It first peaked in the Black community and is having it's worst effect on the Black community due to the percentage of illegitimate births and multi-generational poverty (the root causes) but it is now spreading rapidly through Latino and White communities.

Pine Valley is nowhere near as violent as "West of 17th." However, I would not dare to make a prediction of what it will be like in twenty years. I see many Black Americans successfully breaking the cycle of governmental dependence and leaving the swine-pit ghetto. For every one I see, however, I see a White person entering that cycle. There's no difference if Tiffany's EBT card is mailed to a trailer off Castle Hayne Road or if Tanisha's is sent to an apartment in Creekwood. We are still dealing with two people stuck in "failure mode" and being allowed to reproduce at will or through carelessness.

Look around this town. There is no shortage of poor, single White mothers or their illegitimate wannabe gang member children with baggy clothes and fifteen home-made tattoos. When it comes down to it, it doesn't matter if you get shot by a Blood, a Crip, or some tattooed weirdo names Larry who lives in Ogden. The violence isn't in Pine Valley yet, but it will get there if we don't wake up as a nation.

As far as the druggies in better neighborhoods, I'm totally in favor of people being held responsible for their own actions. Our War on Drugs is as ineffective as Prohibition, so the drugs are here. You will always have a supply until demand dries up. If some doctor's kid gets addicted to Demerol and then resorts to robbing a pharmacy when his dad throws him out of the house, he is first and foremost an armed robber. Treat him accordingly. Meanwhile, every fatal OD is one less marginal performer we have to tolerate and would likely wind up supporting in the future. The one positive aspect of our rampant drug use is that it frequently weeds out the worthless as they slowly kill themselves. Unfortunately, they sometimes take innocents with them along the way - just like drunks.

I don't care if you're Black, Brown, Red or White, we have got to get this nation back to embracing individual responsibility and self reliance. If not, we're ALL going to be living in some half-assed remake of "Mad Max" or "Escape from New York."

Well said CommonSense. I

Well said CommonSense. I agree with everything you said with the exception of, "Meanwhile, every fatal OD is one less marginal performer we have to tolerate and would likely wind up supporting in the future. The one positive aspect of our rampant drug use is that it frequently weeds out the worthless as they slowly kill themselves." Every life is worth something to someone. While people make choices that may alter their current state, there is always redemption.

A murder in a white neighborhood such as Pine Valley??

According to you, violence dosen't happen in these types of neighborhoods..how does your foot taste?

http://www.wwaytv3.com/2011/07/04/wilmington-police-investigate-murder-p...

Gee, should I have written

"Rampant, daily violence is not found in every neighborhood?"

Please note what I DID write, however:

"There are still places right here in New Hanover County that are totally devoid of THIS KIND OF NONSENSE. How many GANG KILLINGS OR BEATDOWNS are taking place in Kure Beach? Myrtle Grove? The Porter's Neck area? Bayshore? (emphasis added)

See below regarding a comparison of numbers and causes. Meanwhile, if you'd rather raise your family in Houston Moore or on Tenth Street instead of Pine valley, good luck.

That's interesting..,WPD is

That's interesting..,WPD is now investigating a homicide on Pine Valey Drive. That is definitely not an inner city residence.

Let's compare numbers and causes

Let's compare the number of murders (and other violent crimes) that take place in Pine Valley versus "West of 17th."

Let's also compare causes. Do you think the Pine Valley killing is gang related? Drug related? It may very well be, but the odds say that it will be unrelated to either.

It's ludicrous to try and equate the inner city with even Pine Valley, let alone the places I listed. We had an estranged husband kill his wife in Landfall a few years ago. Are you claiming that Landfall is a "violent area," and no better than Tenth Street?

It doesn't matter how you

It doesn't matter how you try to slice it, dice it or spin it, it's still a murder!!!

Simple Logic or simpletons logic?

Well, the beautiful thing about living in America is that we are totally free to believe whatever we wish to believe. Sadly though, some people constantly miss the points being made in this forum.

Deductive reasoning would have clarified it, if any such attempt was made to comparitively contrast the murders already being discussed.

Guest 9743, enjoy your liberties on this 4th of July! You sure have taken your share with the (?) statement you have made.

Yes it is...

....AND an isolated, rare event for that neighborhood.

The two killings cannot be compared in any way, shape, or form.

They CAN be

They CAN be compared....someone was murdered regardless of the location.

Always make sure that you...

...concentrate on the minutia rather than the message.

If you think that violence in Pine Valley is equatable to violence in the inner city, then your analytical skills are sorely lacking and you are denying the truth that is right in front of you on a daily basis.

No wonder the kids don't have a chance! The adults can't even admit there's a problem! Perhaps we should have that minister patrol Pine Valley with WPD?

Good luck solving your problems.

Oh common, you sound like a politician..

Your comment what YOU wrote:

"Violence is NOT in every neighborhood and every town. There are still places right here in New Hanover County that are totally devoid of this kind of nonsense"

and my point was your white surburban neighborhoods are not immune to violence as we now have a homicide there, by the way you still didnt say how that foot tasted?

What part of...

...."this kind of nonsense" confused you?

So tell me about the gang killings and beatdowns in the areas I listed....OR Pine Valley.....because trying to equate the level of violence West of 17th or in Creekwood with Pine Valley is idiotic, and you know it.

You obiously want to deny the truth of the situation your children are in.

Hey, why should I argue? They're your kids, not mine. Good luck.

Sounds like

The cousin and neighbor may know something. The cousin states he just came out of what T.J passed away from. The neighbor acts as though the neighborhood has gone down in the past month; and he alludes to SEction 8 housing occupants and parents.

Perhaps they should be the first 2 who step up to the plate.

"Harris's cousin Demaurios Brunson lives down the street. He says he knows how easy it is for young people to wind up with the wrong crowd.

"I came out of what T.J. Just passed away from," Brunson said. "I came out of that. I don't like seeing this. So if anybody feels what I'm saying, we need to step up and be an example for the youth."

Neighbor Randy Tupper said he has watched his neighborhood go downhill.

"Ever since I've lived here it's been a good neighborhood up until the past month," Tupper said. "There's been a lot of different riff-raff kind of people hanging out doing nothing but just hanging out.""

And that early in the evening, it's challenging to think no one saw anything. Parents and family have lost someone. Help them bring closure by working with the authorities to bring justice.

This is a sad,sad case of

This is a sad,sad case of young black violence it needs to stop this young mans life is cut short and for why?????

I wish that I could say that

I wish that I could say that it was a surprise or shocking,but the section 8 housing in that Harnett St. neighborhood has produced a plethora of young criminals.It can also be said that the parents are to blame. How much more crime will we tolerate before we fight back?

when a parent thinks that

when a parent thinks that there children are always the victim and never a part of the problem that is where the confusion and mix up is. We as a race do not take into consideration the things that got the older generation to where we are today.We use to look after each others children. Nowadays if we say something to correct these kids we are liable to get shot by the very kids we are trying to help. So how do we win this war we are facing? Blessing to the family of the young man.May you find closure and peace.

WHO EVER SAID IT'S THE

WHO EVER SAID IT'S THE PARENTS AND HOUSING WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU, I KNOW THE MOTHER AND SHE IS A GOOD MOTHER, LIVING IN HOUSING DO NOT HAVE ANYTHING WITH THIS, YOU DON'T KNOW WHAT HAPPEN AND WHY, IF YOU DON'T HAVE ANY GOOD THING TO SAY TO THE MOTHER WHO JUST LOST HER SON KEEP YOU NEED TO BE QUITE.