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Murder suspect's brother arrested in Creekwood killing

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- A pair of brothers are now charged with a murder last week in Wilmington's Creekwood community.

Jermaine Hankins, 21, made his first appearance in New Hanover County Court this morning. Police say after several days on the run, Hankins turned himself in Monday. He now joins his 17-year-old brother Tevin, who police also charged with the murder in Creekwood last week. Jermaine Hankins is also charged with attempted murder and burglary.

"It hurts me to see both of them in this situation, because no one is winning in this situation," said a man who lives near the scene of the crime. He said he knows the Hankins brothers. He did not want us to show his face or say his name, because he is afraid of what could happen to him for speaking publicly. "It's kind of scary to think that somebody would just run in your house and gun you down."

But that's what happened late Wednesday night when police say a group of five or six men chased Jonathan Jones, 19, and Joseph Hanible, 24, into a home on North 30th Street and shot them. Hanible went to the hospital, but there's no word on how he's doing.

It's the latest example of violent crime in this public housing project.

"I've been in this neighborhood for a while, and it's like people aren't learning from other people's mistakes," the neighbor said. Afraid of being the next victim, he said he wants others in the neighborhood to realize that violence is not the answer.

Jermaine Hankins also was already scheduled to be in court today for drug charges.

Police say the murder investigation is still open.

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Thank You for

some unemotional and accurate comments.

What happens if young black men grow up and take responsibility for their actions?

WHA might have vacancies in the housing projects as these young men would be employed and would want a better homelife for their offspring.

They might go on to higher education. Regardless of your financial background, education opportunities are still abundent -- as long as you do not have a hard crimminal record. No school is going to willingly admit applicants with recent convictions for multiple felony convictions -- especially if the convictions included violence.

Medicaid might cease to be such a drain on our state's economy as these working young men might have the means to secure private health insurance.

All of the other entitlement programs might cease to be such a drain on the economy if these young men furthered their education; got jobs; and thought twice about the consequences of actions such as indiscriminant child bearing and acts of violence.

But, then, all of these low lifes who want to make suspected and charged felons feel good about the act of taking another's life would have nothing to do with their time if the crime rate declined and these young men had more to do then shuffle around and stand on street corners.

give them a break what!!!!!

ok really nobody knows what all went down less you were there and part of it. you could be the best person in the world that dont make it ok to chase anyone down and kill them. no matter what the other person did or didnt do. killing someone is not the answer to things. wow people amaze me ...

Even if he may have been "in

Even if he may have been "in the wrong neighborhood", Does that justify them murdering him, in cold blood ? This "Guy Jonathan" was a man, whose life should not have been taken, and what about his family.
By the way, 118, I'm white, so don't try that race card crud on me.


The fact that anyone would try to throw the "race card" on a poster on this subject is just plain stupid. They are the ones that should have the "race card" thrown on them. I think it's rather ridiculous that any time there is a race mentioned at all in any form of news, people automatically try to protect the suspect/criminal/victim by race. I'm white, and I have seen MANY people on the news, and people I have encountered in life that have run down the wrong path in life. Whether they are black, white, asian, middle eastern, european, etc. THEY'RE STILL PIECES OF TRASH NO MATTER WHAT COLOR THEIR SKIN IS, WHAT NEIGHBORHOOD THEY GREW UP IN, OR WHAT COUNTRY THEY ARE FROM! If a person has the will in them to commit any crime, especially murder, then they deserve to have the same punishment they dished out. I don't care if you're a grade-A citizen who has always paid your taxes on time, have a suburban family, well-rounded person... if you commit a crime; you, your family, your friends, and your neighbors all suffer the consequences. If people want to stop crimes that cause prejudice, then start by helping out in your community. Do something with your life other than thinking everything is about "color." Make something of yourself, and also try to help the people in your life to make something of their selves. It's called "motivation" and if people don't receive it, it's a lot harder for them to conquer quests in life. I really hope that my daughter will grow up to live in a world where racial profiling is minimized. If you, a family member or a friend is going down the wrong path, do everything in your power to set the path straight! Being racist just proves how ignorant you really are.

Correction, Tevin HAD a

Correction, Tevin HAD a bright future ahead of him. That's gone now - get used to it.

It really doesn't matter what the victim did, not after he ran away. Tevin and Germaine chased him down and shot him like a dog. It really hard to claim self defense when you're the one doing the chasing.

Let them have their day in court !!!

Tevin has never been in touble, neither did he having pending charges before this. Please let them have their day in court. some of you are posting comments like you were there. Stop assuming !!!!

So this is all made up?

Just like PCperson, you fail. Your hero is nothing more than a criminal.



They'll be given a chance...

when their trial(s) start, unless they're allowed to plea to a lesser offense. Then it will be up to 12 people to decide whether to convict or not. At this point, they stand accused of the that's it...but in the court of public opinion...they're guilty.


1. First off this family DID NOT LIVE IN PUBLIC HOUSING!!!
2. The boys come from a VERY GOOD HOME, with a mother and father who raised them right!!!
3. Both boys even attended church regular!!


Wait, aren't parents

Wait, aren't parents supposed to teach their children what is right and what is wrong? I know if my daughter was to grow up and turn out like they did, I would be ashamed as a parent. Just saying. Roles and upbringing at home play a huge part, and if you don't emphasize enough of what is right and what is wrong and keep your children in a positive environment, then it's going to fall back on the parents. Whether it be a charge for a DUI or a charge for murder, IT ALWAYS FALLS ON THE PARENTS. As parents, we have to accept the responsibility of being blamed. If we weren't ready to do so, we should never have had children.


Sitting in church doesn't make you a Christian any more than sitting in a garage makes you a car.


Nice quote by Garrison Keillor. Be sure to give him credit or it's considered plagiarism, which is the practice of taking someone else's work or ideas and passing them off as one's own.


“Anyone who thinks sitting in church can make you a Christian must also think that sitting in a garage can make you a car.” Garrison Keillor

I didnt know the exact quote, so it is what it is.

You left out some items

4. Both of these "good church going boys" have numerous previous as well as pending drug charges.
5. Both of these "raised right" boys have been charged with murder.
6. Neither of them deserve to walk among law abiding tax paying citizens.


Your comments would carry a lot more weight if he hadn't been hanging around in Creekwood with bad guys and murdered someone.

He got caught in the same trap that they all get caught in...hanging around with the wrong guys in the wrong place at the wrong time. It doesn't matter if they're a straight A students, grew up in the fanciest neighborhoods in town, and sat in the front pew at church every Sunday. They're still hanging around with bad guys in bad areas of town at all hours of the day and night. As the old saying goes, "If you lay down with dogs, you're gonna get fleas".

Get a life

Its a shame that you ppl have nthn better else to do but get on here post your nasty thoughts. If any one should be locked away it is you all with your discriminary remarks and disgusting hateful mouths!!!!Shouldnt yu be working or something but instead you spending your time follwing this case smh. Well keep following bc you will look like the idiots in the end...please find yourselves a life!!!

Get a Life?

Those of us that are decent citizens of our area aren't posting "nasty thoughts". They are also not "discriminary" (discriminatory) remarks. We are simply making observations that two "fine, upstanding" brothers are accused of storming into an apartment in the projects and murdering a human being that did not deserve to be shot down. We are also making the statement that they, as all "wayward boys", have a support group that we do not understand. Most posters can't write or spell, have no problem saying that the murdered person "may" have done something to deserve losing their life, and that the accused is always defendable because they were good people, attended church, played ball, was a cousin, son, father, or whatever. The bottom line is that someone died, and someone killed him. One of the brothers turned himself in, so I think it will be you that will look like an idiot in the end. By the way, I have to go now and get ready for work, so I can pay taxes to pay for the public attorney that will defend these thugs. The end.

I guess you have no feelings

I guess you have no feelings for the poor young man that was chased down and shot by two murdering animals. To run a man down, and shoot him, like a dog. Oh wait, he was in the wrong neighborhood. Back in the 50's, sick killers, like this, were put in the gas chamber.

Hankins, as in Lethia?

The two Hankins boys were seeking revenge on the shooting of their uncle Owen Metts. Metts was the barber that was shot last month.

Two more mouths for the

Two more mouths for the Prison System to feed.
Two less mouths for the Welfare System to feed.

Temporary stupidity causes permanent incarceration!

Much better I help support them in prison with my tax dollars then the streets with their government cell phone, food, and housing just to see them commit more crimes. If these boys were so well raised, what in the world were they doing in creekwood. Cry me a river, my give a damn is busted over that whole "it our culture" thing.

Welfare or Prison...

the funding comes from the same pot...your tax dollars and mine. Maybe our elected officials can now say "Welfare rolls have dropped "x"%...but not say why...because they're in prison.

No change

Unfortunately they will still live off tax money, it just won't come out of the same budget. They will still cost me money.

Mrs. Trout

Oh, Mrs. Trout....I hope you're reading this.

Don't forget to take that leisurely stroll in Creekwood on Sunday afternoon like I mentioned in my previous post.

I'm flattered.

Dear Mr. Lee,

Sorry to keep you waiting. I had no idea I made such an impression upon you - do you think of me often? You sound so......excited.

But you probably won't like my response. I agree with SurfCityTom's response down below. I don't excuse murder or other violent crime.


I do get excited easily.

A little bit

Yes, I am a little excited. My undies are twisted into a knot.


Come on wilmington guess he was a good student, no trouble with the law, no drugs sorry he was facing drugs charges, no gangs perfect kid right. Wrong if he didn't do why did he turn if self in and why did someone say he was there. Did he live in Creekwood if not why was he there chasing someone in someones house other then his own house. If he is man enough to pull a gun or be part in a crime he SHOULD DO THE TIME!!

Great family values

The family that murders together gets to go to jail together. I do hope the nut jobs start filling this story with "Don't judge" and the "he is a good boy" crap. It is so funny to see people trying to defend and justify bad and illegal behavior. Maybe while they are in jail they will get to spend some time with their father.