WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) --It has been more than a week since 18-year-old Al'Quon Flowers went missing. Brunswick County deputies and Wilmington Police are still looking for the man whose family says his background may have had something to do with the incident.
"He's just a child that has been caught up in a situation that's not his own making," Al'Quon's great aunt Theresa Greene said.
Flowers disappeared July 19. Family members say they are sure he was targeted as part of some sort of gang violence.
"Some of his brothers are in gangs," Greene said. "There are situations that have happened that I think is a retaliation from some of the stuff that they have done."
"He's a follower, but as far as him being in a gang, you know, he just followed his brothers," Al'Quon's father Garry Hines said. "They're his brothers."
They believe opposing gang members kidnapped Flowers because of past events his family was involved with.
Flowers was last seen on an unknown block of Red Cross Street on Tuesday, July 19, at about 3 p.m. His family believes that not long after that he was taken to Brunswick County.
"I do believe that this stemmed from another incident. I do believe that," Hines said. "You are not just going to come up, take a kid into your car, take him over the bridge and then turn him over to somebody else. It just don't happen. Not in Wilmington."
Brunswick County was the last place where Flowers's cell phone was used. Investigators there and in Wilmington say there is no update on case and that the investigation is still ongoing.
Flowers is about 5'7" inches and weighs about 135 pounds. He also has multiple tattoos.
"It's a bad situation, and we just want him found, however it is," Greene said. "We need closure, because I just can't imagine somebody knowing where he is and not telling, but somebody knows."
Wilmington Police are asking anyone with information to give them a call at (910) 343-3600 or Text-a-Tip to CRIMES and begin the message with TIP-708.