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New Hanover High student-athlete arrested for Creekwood murder


WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- A New Hanover High School student-athlete has been charged with murder.

Wilmington Police arrested Tevin Sh'qur Quintell Hankins, 17, for first-degree murder after a shooting in the Creekwood community earlier this week.

Hankins was a junior at New Hanover High School and a starting defensive back on the Wildcat football team.

"I'm at a loss for words & absolutely devastated," New Hanover football coach Kevin Motsinger said in a text message to WWAY's John Rendleman.

A police spokeswoman confirms Hankins was charged in connection to the shooting in Creekwood Wednesday night that killed Jonathan Jones, Jr., 19, of Jacksonville. Police say Joseph Edwards Hanible, 24, of Wilmington was also injured in the shooting.

Police say a group of five or six men chased Jones and Hanible into a duplex and opened fire before driving off in two cars.

Police say the investigation into what happened continues.

Hankins, who made his first court appearance on the murder charge this morning, also has pending drug, trespassing and resisting an officer charges among others.

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There's an easy solution to violent "flash mobs"

Stop carrying a revolver or .45 auto and start carrying a Beretta 92, SiG 226 or Browning Hi-Power. I'm not a big fan of 9mm, but you more than double the number of rounds and as long as you stagger-load FMJ with JHP of equal weights, you should achieve satisfactory results. The NATO MilSpec FMJ is hot enough to stagger-load with 124 gr JHP +P.

Head shots on close-in targets are also recommended when using a 9mm.

Just remember to stop shooting when you have nothing but backs available, or they'll make YOU into the bad guy, like they did to Bernhard Goetz.


FIRST AND FOREMOST!! Everyone loses here. These boys DID come from a good home. They have an excellent mother and father and home life. Once our children leave our homes we dont know what they are gonna do. Is it sad that he was going to be a huge football star...yes. Is it sad that a child lost his life...yes Is is sad that two mothers are now without their sons...yes. Anyone remeber the saying..It takes a community to raise a child? well we as a community have failed these children. So while your busy running our mouth about these childrens parents....ake a mirrior and look at yourself....


I have sat here and read all the comments on here. I can't believe that some of them actually were allowed to be posted. I don't know this young man at all. My daughter goes to the school and she knows of him. She can't believe that this has happened to this young man. I do feel sorry that he has made this choice. Hopefully it will all end with the "truth". The only persons who know the actual truth are the ones who were involved and the person who has paid for it with his life. The one person on here who should be most concerned with all of this is GOD. These young men will have to answer to him in their own time. I hope by then, they will have realized that he is their only salvation. I pray for all the involved parties to this situation. To the ones on here I am not going to "judge" you at all. But, I will say this go back and read your Bibles. You are all going against the word of the Lord. This is the first time I have brought up the beliefs I have of the Lord. I usually don't do that as to not Offend anyone. But, my heart is saddened by reading all the hate and the finger pointing that has become out world of today. To the ones involved Please think of what has happened and do the right thing for yourselves and for your families who have to live this with you. TO the ones on here making the nasty remarks remember God is the only one who should Judge. God Bless Us All. <3

I guess.....

I guess they should just let him go and smack him on the hand and say "Now don't do it again" They will answer to him sometime, but for now they will have to answer to a judge and jury. Maybe the jury can arrange for a needle in his arm then he can get that judgement from God you talk about. I bet you would not be spouting off this crap if your daughter was knocked up with his baby or he had just shot her in the head. You would be screaming for him to be dead, so take the crap you are talking and go away.

What, do we live in Communist China???

You said, "I have sat here and read all the comments on here. I can't believe that some of them actually were allowed to be posted".

Allowed? Who is going to stop it... a Blog Czar??? (THANKS SCOTT, for not being a Blog Czar!)

Guest 1234, you need to READ, and then Re-read the American Constitution. You may learn and appreciate that our Armed Forces and our Veterans have fought and died to maintain our God Given Rights and Freedoms, which includes our First Amendment right to freedom of speech.
We also have the Constitutional Right to Carry and Bear Arms for protection, but not to chase gang members into an unfortunate innocent strangers HOME, up into the SECOND Floor and shoot to KILL.
Then you said, "This is the first time I have brought up the beliefs I have of the Lord. I usually don't do that as to not Offend anyone."

You offended me by not professing your faith, unconditionally. Think about it! Be proud that you are not an atheist or agnostic!

For crying out loud, USE your freedom of speech and QUIT TRYING TO BE SO DAM* POLITICALLY CORRECT. Instead of WORRYING about being sooooooo offensive, use your God-given intelligence, logic and speech to reach the youth, your daughter included, who think this kid is innocent because he is charasmatic and on a football team at her high school.
You need to say, "Honey, I know it is hard to believe, but it happened, and the evidence will be there in court to prove him INNOCENT, if he is indeed innocent. But, if he is guilty, they may have everything from gun powder residue on his hands to his fingerprints on the gun, bullets, etc"...and we can only pray that he has a little brother, cousin, neighbor who DOES EVERYTHING in his power NOT to END UP like this strait A student, who didn't have a lick of sense."
Now, do you think they are giving out A's for being a sports figure starter?? Or maybe his teach was fearful of doing otherwise?

I have read alot of these

I have read alot of these comments also....and my hat goes off to you...wonderfully said and I hope that alot of people take tyour advice. It is time for us to come together and pray for all that is involved.

Ubetcha Prayer

is indeed a great suggestion.

2 parent families, with a FATHER (MALE ROLE MODEL) may be the solution though.

My cousin Tevin

My cousin is innocent!! I dont care who doesnt believe it and I dont care about the negative posts. He came from a good home with two loving parents and a loving family. No he is not perfect but no one is except God so let him do the judging because God knows Tevin is innocent. Everyone is attacking my cousin's character and my family's character but no one is speaking on the fact the the other guys are known gang members who rob and kill everyday! All I know is God had the last say so and all of you are non factors!! Goodnight.

so after reading all these comments..

okay, so they say he killed someone that dosent mean he did it until he is actually convicted and who are we to belittle him? we dont know what the reason was behind the shooting just because he's black we all assume its "gang" related. The stereotypes of african americans are ridiculous not every black person is out in the streets "hustling" or whatever and just becasue some of us live in the "hood" dosent mean that we wanna even be there. not everyone was raised with a silver spoon in their mouth life is about decisions and mabe tevin and his brother didnt make the right one but that dosent anyone has the right to come on here and talk bad about someone who cant even defend themselves right now!!Like get a friggin life


Read the post by this dudes cousin, right BELOW your post.

He/she CERTAINLY seems to know when they state that the one that was killed was a GANG MEMBER who kills others, etc.

Now, re-read your post about "US" making stereotypic comments. How dare you!

Are you big enough to apologize for calling us bigots?

HiS COUSIN stated all kinds of things. READ!!!!!!!!!!

My cousin Tevin Hankins

I see alot of negative posts on here about my cousin. The sad thing is you people are so quick to pass judgement when he hasnt even went to trail. The law says ionnocent until proven guity and in this case he is innocent.. He did not commit any of the crimes he is being charged with. Im not saying he is an angel but he is a straight "A" student with a promising future for college. Everyone is so quick to call my cousin a thug and a hoodlum but the boys who were shot were members of a gang who are known for robbing and killing! Everyone is entitled to their own opinion but know the truth before you start posting the nonsense thats on here!

First and foremost Tevin

First and foremost Tevin Hankins is someones child. Secondly no comments are needed if you do not know what the case maybe. At a time like this the family needs prayer more than anything.. think about it like this, if you're child was in a situation how would you want people to speak on them.. May GOD watch over this gentlemen..

Innocent until proven guilty

I do not know anything about this situation but for those of you who know anything about how the police and court systems work do not say he is guilty until a trial proves it. Not one of us know any of the evidence and his brother is still on the run. The cops could be holding him trying to get him to give up who was driving his car...who knows...I don't either but let the situation lay out and then see what happens.

And that matters how?

Well isn't that just a bucket full of sunshine and rainbows. That is great he is someones child. Lets give him an award and a parade for being born. The one that was murdered was someones child as well. If my child were ever dumb enough to run with a gang, I would have to tell him enjoy his time in the bed that he has made.

And then add the last sentence from the story to complete the whole picture of who this kid is: "...has pending drug, trespassing and resisting an officer charges among others."

Yea, I'm sure he is a great guy and I should have him over for dinner.

Thank you.

Thank you.

Ah yes...get used to the leg restraints

It brings new meaning to, "Every day I'm shuff-a-lin!"

Creekwood mess

DITTO, That's what's up, here. Everyday. Wilmington, get up on this. Just a bunch of B.S. If it is gangs, bath salts, any other bull squeeze, whoever is in charge needs to get a grip on the situation here. Folks need to step up and help their community take control of their state. Not your neighborhood, your whole state, even go so far as to help your country. STEP IT UP, TAKE CHARGE. Stop the destruction of our nation, do something, anything to prolong the continuation of out nation!

The bright side of the story

The bright side of the story is.....Central Prison will get a badly needed safety, for its football team.

Nice! Thanks for the laugh,

Nice! Thanks for the laugh, that was funny!

People are quick to comment

People are quick to comment when they don't know the whole story!!! Innocent until proven guilty!!!! So I guess u think that the deceased is innocent!!! He dead for no reason!!! Yeah right!!!

Umm..yes he is dead for no

Umm..yes he is dead for no dammn reason! No one deserve that! So watch what the hell yu say

Who knows...

Who knows if he is innocent, he's dead so we won't get to hear his story stupid!! He's dead for no reason, not HE DEAD FOR NO REASON. Speak some english or don't bother speaking at all.

Exactly!! I'm appalled at

Exactly!! I'm appalled at these assumptions and accusations!!! Wpd is only doing their job!! God has this young mans back!!! All the racial slurs and stereotypical comments disgust me!!!guilty until proven innocent guilty until proven innocent!!!!!! One last question that'd puzzling me!!!! WHAT WAS THE VICTIMS PURPOSE IN WILMINGTON? SAYS HES FROM JACKSONVILLE?I wonder ??? Innocent Guy. Still????


It does not matter if the guy who was shot was "innocent" or why he was there.

Even if he was dealing crack to 5 year olds he should not have been shot without a trail.

If the police had chased and shot him unarmed the public would be rioting.

I'm not sure this was gang related but going back in history the Mafia learned that killing was bad for business and unless there was some real money to be gained why bring the heat. All the killing because someone gave the wrong finger sign is just stupid. More so when your plan does not even let you get away with it for 24 hours.

I dare he..

He dun did sumthin stupid! He call himself visiting our hood! He kno betta na! PPl who be comin hurr deserve to be shot!

yeah ok.....

and the world is full of these people...scary huh?


What was the victims purpose in Wilmington????? Really are you that ignorant? Was he not allowed to go to Wilmington? I take it you are easy to puzzle.

People are quick to comment

People are quick to comment because in their minds it makes them feel "secure"; they have no idea of a story other than what is reported and that's why Americans are so gullible; they won't stop and take the time to think for themselves, right or wrong; takes too much effort and compassion.

How much?


The Licenses Counselors Here In Wilmington

The Licenses Counselors here, in Wilmington, North Carolina need to be observed. Will ask and tell the parents to step back and give the minor child some breathing room. Yes! They will make mistakes and they will be punished for their bad choices. I have been told that so many times and I have seen it being told recently to my sister, with her teen age son. But, it seems like, every time a minor does something wrong. Someone quickly ask where are the parents??? Well by our licenses counselors. We the parents are not suppose to stop or prevent our minor children in doing wrong. The counselors needs to go back to get more education in counseling our children. If we discipline our children we are threatened to have the taken away. If we try to talk with our children and set examples, for our minor children we are in the wrong. Our counselors have told, several of our parents in front of the minor child. The parents really need to back off and give the minor breathing room. So, what are us parents suppose to do??? For those that are reading this. I would like to let you know. I do not know any of the people involved in this story. But, what the 17 year old done wrong and the choices he made. He will get what he deserves and what he has coming to him. What is a parent suppose to do in this state???

What is a parent suppose to do in this state???

To answer your last question Guest123, a parent is supposed to be just that, a parent. They are supposed to be involved in their child's life, know who their child is hanging out with, how the child is doing in school. The parents are supposed to instill values, morals and ethics into their child. Their isn't an easy button to push. Sacrifices have to be made, choices made and repercussions for actions have to be given. If you allow your child to roam the streets, come home with a wad of cash but no job, walk around with their pants falling off you are not doing anyone any favors.

That is part of what a parent is supposed to do.