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Police search for missing man


WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- An 18-year-old Wilmington man is missing. Police are looking for Al'quon Flowers.

He was last seen in an unknown block of Red Cross Street Tuesday at about 3 p.m. He is a black male, about 5'7" tall weighing close to 135 pounds.

Flowers has multiple tattoos including the words "Keesha" on his neck, "God" on one hand and "Son" on the other as well as a tear drop tattoo on his face.

Wilmington Police are asking anyone with information to call (910) 343-3600 or Text-a-Tip to CRIMES and begin the message with TIP708.

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Praying for the Flowers' Family

First and foremost, my deepest condolences to all of Mr. Flowers' family and friends. While I cannot even begin to imagine what these people are going through, I can do all that I know, and that is to offer hope and support. I want to apologize for the inappropriate and rather lewd comments some have decided to make. I do not believe that it is the purpose of this blog to blame Al'Quon for his own disappearance or mistakes. This is a young man who decided to make his own decisions. With that being said, who are we to judge one missing child? Who are we to rant and rave about the "shortcomings of a race"? If anyone claims to be so rich or so educated or so white, then they must never have learned the golden rule, "if you don't have anything nice to say, then don't say it at all." (And certainly don't help yourself to making comments on a very public page, a place where mourning children are reading).

Please, don't respond to these awful comments, because it is certainly what the author wants. Just know that what goes around, comes around.

I genuinely hope for the safe return, or any peaceful news, that will bring all who knew him, comfort.

A NHCS Public Educator

This is ridiculous....

After reading some of the posts (both positive and negative), I finally got to one post that is most heart tugging. The plea of Tanajah Hines, the missing person's sister, asking you to dismiss this nonsense, as now is not the time, and this is not the venue. To the very vocal rich white man in the suburbs, I say this, if being rich makes you heartless, then I don't ever have to be rich. I hope you never have to experience what they are experiencing, no matter how cruel and insensitive you are. By the way, I am an educated black person. To Tanajah and family, stay strong, and we pray Al'Quon's safety and safe return.

Community Help

On the behalf of a missing person please call in any tips to law enforcement 910-343-3600 or the CUE Center for Missing Persons 910-343-1131 in an effort to locate Al'qoun Flowers, thank you.


Lord jesus please bring quan home to all of us he is truely missed and loved by many I wish people on here would stop being so judge mental towards people we alllllll come frome different backgrounds and no one knows any one elses struggle so please leave your racist comments and slurs to your self and if its not helpin us find quan then u don't need to comment I pray to my god that AL'QUAN comes home safely to us all.
Love always angela anderson

Sending prayers...

Sending prayers...

Young man missing !!!

My prayers are with this family because my family went through this almost 4 YEARS ago when my nephew went missing for 8 days and when they found him he had been murdered and his bdy could not be recognized,but to GOD be the Glory it gave our family some form of closure,so to all of you that want to be negative about this young man because you donot know how this family is feeling until you walk in there shoes and I hope you donot have to.To the family I will continue to keep you all in my prayers.



lord please help us to come

lord please help us to come together as parents and fight to keep our kids in order and off the streets.what ever happen to kids just being kids?we no longer have structure in our homes,noone there to guide our kids becouse we're too busy working and goin to school to make endsmeet.This economy sucks!WHAT ARE WE SUPPOSE TO DO!

Making time for your family...

is paramount to keeping your kids off the Star-News Mugshot list. Don't blame the economy, George Bush, or anyone else for your children's failings. It falls solely into your lap and no one else.

Parental involvement in your child's education is one area that is sorely lacking. It's you know where your children are?

High Education

I'd place money that most 5 year olds could write better than the majority of these comments. Is that even English?

It doesn't matter

As long as hoodrats embrace being ignorant and living off the government, education will always take a backseat. I lost count of how many "good person" and "don't judge" comments there were posted.

Who asked you to keep count?

Who asked you to keep count? What kind of life do you have? I have an idea, why don't you go to the Brand New Life Store and purchase a new one? Please don't recycle your old life, because I'm sure no one would want it. Its best that you just go on and trash that one.

Get your money back

Since you seem familiar with the New Life Store, you might want to go get your money back. You got robbed with the one you bought.

Nobody did

I just decided to do it on my own. Don't worry about what kind of life I have, just know I don't associate with thugs, criminals or druggies. Maybe it is you that is needing the life and put yours where the sun don't shine.

Where is the respect?Some

Where is the respect?Some things are best 2 be kept 2 yourself.What if it was u missing a loved one?It don't matter what lifestyle he live only one person can judge.This is someone's child,father,brother,cousin etc. So can u show a lil respect and keep your negative opinions 2 yourself.To Al'Quon's family:I hope you find your loved one and I will keep u n my prayers.God Bless.

Where is the respect for the English language?

Do you people not understand that your inability to write a properly structured sentence will keep you in poverty and underemployed for life?

Do you even try? Do you even care? Do you think that people such as Barack Obama, Clarence Thomas, and Bill Cosby write in that style?

You have three children and write worse that a third grade student!

Why are you so concerned

Why are you so concerned with the english of people who have nothing to do with you?

There are successful black people just as well as white!!

You and I both know it's up to the individual as to how they will live life, you just live yours!!


Where is the respect of the people who are mourning their missing loved one?

Do you not understand....

...that the destiny of the Black race in America is far more important than Al'quon's disappearance?

Do you sincerely believe that there's some cultural advantage to writing like a nine year-old when you're an adult? It's as if writing in some graphic representation of pidgin English is a source of great pride.

"Missz?" MISSZ??!!" How difficult is it to write "misses?"

I don't know why I even care.

You folks go ahead and do whatever you want to. Kill each other weekly, accept criminal behavior as a part of life, get pregnant when you're fourteen, and write like total idiots. I'm tired of preaching to the deaf, and tired of caring more than you do.

Seriously? Not the time or place...

This post is completely inappropriate. Every life is important. Your spill about the destiny of the Black Race was uncalled for. Have respect for humanity. Who are you to think you're above this family's grief and worry to make insulting comments. Regardless of what you think this young man's lifestyle is like, he has a family who cared enough to report him missing and is diligently searching for him. That is their sole responsibility and NO ONE ASKED YOU to go out and spend your time searching. NO ONE ASKED YOU for your opinion. Right now for this family his disappearance is of the UPMOST IMPORTANTANCE. Their focus is actually where it should be, on finding their loved one. Not worrying about whether a word was spelled correctly. Besides the world of texting has its own set of rules for spelling and grammar. And honestly typing from a cell phone which is probably what most are doing can be difficult. So BACK THE ____ Off, keep your mouth shut. Don't worry about their education when it is obvious your mother did not teach you manners. If you don't have something nice to say, don't say anything at all. My prayers are with this family. May you rely on God's peace and love to get through this difficult time.

To you it's an insult...

...because you're obviously too dense to understand the reason why unemployment among inner city Blacks is about six times the national average is due, in part, to too many who cannot read, write, or converse using proper English.

If you think these posts are somehow indicative of rudeness or racism, guess again. It's a problem. It's a problem that even educated Blacks discuss....

....but from now on, I'll leave the worrying to them. Like I said, I don't care any more. I'm sick of the anger when you try to discuss illegitimate birth rates, dropout rates, or the general lack of care that your post exhibits.

It's a "Black issue," I'm a rich White guy living in the suburbs, so you can solve it yourself....even though you never will, because you simply don't want to.

Rich White guy

Yes, you're a rich white guy living in the suburbs, that can be easily poverty stricken in the blink of an eye. Remember one thing you and everything you have belong to the Almighty. My Father that sits high and looks low says we suppose to love one another, so you need to start back caring. The bible is fullfiling and I've seen to many people with 6 figure incomes and living in luxury loose everything in the past few years. They've gone from sitting in high back chairs, wearing 3 piece suits to delivering pizza. Your riches belong to God and He has loaned it to you to see how you will use it. My heart go out to this family and I want them to remember my God is in the miracle working business.

my love one

If you have Time Warner Cable turn to channel 251 the crime channel, and see how many rich white kids have murdered there parents over video games and money.You are not safe in your own home, you better be careful how you drink your tea.Just like that white women murdered her children by driving them into the river and claimed that a black man did it,and remember you all are the ones that killed alot of black people back in the days thats probably how you became rich.

this is alquon little sister

This is alquon lil sister tanajah could yall please not come up here with that because its not the time and quon was a friend to everybody thank yall and have a bless day

just want you to know

Quan is my nephew and that was for the white rich man as he said.he is the one that's talking s..t.And yes I feel some type of way.And on top of that he said we would never found him and guess what I will never find him. I put money on that.We are all for our family but for him he don't give a damn about his family it's a money thing with them.just give him a dallor and he down with them missing.

I'm praying for your

I'm praying for your brothers safe return sweetie. Don't pay any attention to any of the negativity or ignorance of some of these people. I'm afraid they have no home training.

Everybdy missz yhu

Hey who eva know anythng abt his where about can you please come forward he have family and friends out here wondering where could he be if anybody got him please let him go he got his whole family waiting for his return.......hopefully he will turn back up safe and sound love u quan.


18 years old and got a kid? Possible gang tear drop tat. Bet he ran away ((cough)).

Having Kids at 18

Years ago it was common and normal but then again most people were more emotionally and mentally mature at 18. They knew they were adults and acted like it. My grandparents got married at 19 and my uncle (their oldest) did 2 and had kids around 19-20 but that was a different time in society. Now people are too immature usually to be able to handle the responsibility of having kids and having to take care of yourself let alone an innocent helpless child. Im 37 now and believe me I look back to a scare I Had when I was 19 and glad she ended up not being pregnant because I definitely wasnt ready to be a father. I would have done what I needed to do and done the right thing but whats worse is soo many boys try to be men and then cant hold up their responsibility to take care of their children and step up and support them and be there for them anymore. The fact that a majority of African American children grow up in single parent homes is a shame and borders on criminal. The thug mentality is at the root of it and even supposed ROLE Models do nothing to help it whenyou have professional atheletes out there with 6 or 7 or more kids with multiple mothers of the kids it just isnt conducive to whats normal in most societys. Kids need to grow up in 2 parent homes and the fathers need to be held responsible for their parental acts, in otherwards if your man enough to sleep with a woman and not take precautions then you better or need ot be man enough to step up to the responsibility of your actions if something comes of it. Nothing burns my rear more then a man who dont live up to his responsibilites to his children (guess what when you have kids they come 1st on the priority list NOT you, not your buddies, your kid COMES 1st!!!) if you dont like it then dont have them or take the chance of it happening. On the flip side these women need to be held responsible also for their shameless actions, sure some girls end up in bad situations because some guy cons them but when you end up with 5 kids from 4-5 different fathers or worse then you need to show some self-control (and while Im not an advocate for legal sterilization as its not legal and never would stand up) I think the threat to cut these peoples financial gravy train off or reduce it or at minimum REFUSE to increase payments in order to get more money (which many of them do). Welfare, TANF WIC are all designed to be temporary programs to help those in need temporarily they are not designed to be permenant fixtures in people lives and worse off fixtures for generations. Many of us were happy to see Welfare reform. I personally have no problem helping a young mother out with help with food and other costs such as babysitting while they go back to school to get good work skills and even learn a career skill to be able to support their families but I know personally in some cases these programs are actually throwing up roadblocks for those young ladies that try to do just that. When I was in Nursing School back several years ago I know of a couple classmates who were trying to do just that and got nothing but grief for tryng to better themselves and literally change their lives and their childrens lives for the better but yet Social Services took odd stances that in one case forced a classmate to quit and change her schedule to make it take longer because suddenly they didnt want to pay for her babysitting so she had to switch classes to night because of it. When the system that should be advocating eventually independence does nothing but impede peoples attempts to do that just baffles me other then to suggest that people in Social Services responsible for providing services fear that people becoming independent might lead to them cutting their funding and risking their own jobs becuase of lowering case loads. This I fear is the root truth. While claiming to advocate for their clients to better themselves they in fact want them to remain dependent on the system not only to provide job security for the social workers but to help maintain the bloated beaucracy that is the Federal Beast known as DHHS (Trust me DHHS is without a doubt the most bloated overbearing overbudgeted agency int he Federal Government and I worked there for 2 yrs on Govt contract in my days gone by as a IT contractor and DHHS is the overseer for all the big budget pots (Social Security, TANF, WIC, the FDA, Surgeon General, CMS aka Medicare/Medicaid, and thats just some of the biggest off the top of my head). As I said Im not some right wing loon that screams cut off all handouts. We need programs to help out those in need but they shouldnt become a permenant crutch they need to go back to being what they are intended to be Temporary assistance to help people get back on their feet instead of a life long source of income for many folks who are and able to work but choose not to do so.

So having a child at 18 is

So having a child at 18 is that much of a disgrace?? keyword possible tear drop tat?? If you were not so ignorant and childish not everything has to be thought in a negative way I have lost so many people to non sense and useless acts of hate !! Straight A student that was my brother shot to death in cross fire and I have tear drop tatted on my face for the lost of my brother and friends !! I am in no gang matter fact I work !! Manger at that!! Full time student !! && just turned 19 with a 1 year old daughter and Im proud of it..... Dis Man do not deserve all this negative talk and please do not ever forget nobody's sin is greater then the next