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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — We’re finding out more about two separate incidents in the past couple months in Wilmington that may have gang connections.

Back in May, a man was shot and killed in the parking lot of Club 609 on Market Street. About a month later, Al’quon Flowers went missing. Tonight, we’ve learned the two crimes have a family tie.

A source close to the family says Garry Orlando Hines, who was arrested Saturday for the murder of Cornelius Tremayne Blanks, is the brother of Flowers. Flowers went missing back in July, just two months after Blanks was killed outside of Club 609.

We spoke with the father of Flowers and Hines soon after Flowers went missing. He said he thinks Flowers got caught up in his brothers’ mess.

“He’s a follower, but as far as him being in a gang, you know, he just followed his brothers,” the elder Garry Hines said in July. “They’re his brothers.”

Flowers disappeared from Red Cross Street July 19. The elder Hines told us then that he thinks his kids were caught up in the wrong crowd.

“I do believe that this stemmed from another incident. I do believe that,” he 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.”

With one brother behind bars and the other still missing, the family of Flowers and Hines were too upset to speak with us Monday on camera.

Their father told us in July that his sons were involved in gang activity. The New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office Gang Unit says the tattoos on the younger Hines’s forehead and cheek are gang symbols. They say they believe the “B” stands for the “Bloods” gang. They also say the three tear drop tattoos represent two different things. The two darkened teardrops tend to represent people who have died because of you. The light tear drop represents mourning the loss of someone.

Hines is in the New Hanover County Jail without bond charged with first-degree murder.

Flowers is still missing, but the investigation continues. If you have any information on where he may be, call Wilmington Police at (910) 343-3600.

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  • Das Weibstück

    Street justice.

  • Commonsensenotcommontoday

    …was his home….and when he dieeeeeeed, all he left us wa….huh? Wha?

    Oh, sorry. Just singing along with the iPod.

    I don’t usually comment on these ghetto, hood shooting hood stories any more, but I still read them.

    Scott, would it be posssible to have the reporters work up an organizational chart to accompany these stories? To put it bluntly, trying to follow the paternity and family relationships without a chart ranks right up there with senior year Thermodynamics.

  • guesty

    Since it seems two brothers can’t have the same last name the least the news could do is give out players cards so you can keep track with who is related to whom and who killed whom.

    But the best part is, the hood rats are killing other hood rats.

  • SurfCityTom

    about Pa? The boys did not have the same last name.

  • Guest1111

    “But the best part is, the hood rats are killing other hood rats”

    Amen to that!

  • Guest725

    You should be ashamed of yourselves! There is nothing good about a man taking the life of another man! You call these people “hood rat’s” but you have no idea what their lives are like and you probably couldn’t walk a block in their shoes. People don’t choose to be poor or under educated in all circumstances, sometimes that’s just the hand life dealt them.

  • Guest1111

    I couldn’t walk a block in their shoes because i would trip so many times over the pants that were below my knees



  • SurfCityTom

    it’s often a hand dealt them.

    By a Mother who can not practice safe sex or who views baby production as her life’s work thanks to all of the entitlement programs around.

    Or by a Father, who may not even realize he is a Father.

    So Place the blame where it belongs.

  • Guest461

    …walk a MILE in is shoes. That way when you do criticize him, you’ll a mile away AND you have his shoes!!!!”

  • Guest7777

    Sometimes we need to realize our ignorance and because YOU didn’t see yours, I am going to help you….STOP IT! That is not cute or funny. It is ignorant.


    YES MY COUSINS WAS CAUGHT UP IN THIS GANG STUFF !!!! AND YES THEY DID SOME THINGS THEY WASNT PROUD OF!!! BUT OVER ALL THEY IS SOME GOOD BOYS AND PEOPLE NEED TO SEE THAT!!! THEY DIDNT CHOOSE THE GANG THE GANG CHOOSED THEM!!! HOW I SEE IT THEY WAS LIVING A FAST LIFE AND SOMETHING WENT WRONG!!! my best cousin Alquon Flowers he was the quiet type and yes he did followed behind his brothers but facts still remains he didnt have nothing to do what his brothers was doing out here in these streets!!! he got a beautiful daughter and a family that loves him very much and needs him to come back home safe and sound!!!CAUSE HE GOT US WORRIED BAD

  • SurfCityTom

    Gary Hines, Jr is accused of shooting and killing a man in May.

    His brother, or half brother, Al’Quon disappears in July.

    I wonder if the brother in custody realizes his actions, if he is the guilty party, likely led to the disappearance of Al’Quon.

    It was reported the vehicle used to pick up Al’Quon was found shortly after his disappearance.

    It’s highly unlikely this will have a happy ending for his family or young daughter. He disappeared nearlky 3 months ago.

    Will Gary learn a lesson from this? Sadly, if he is guilty as charged, it will not matter. And it is unlikely it will serve as a lesson in the neighborhood.

  • Guest1111

    I hope that was a joke and someone didn’t seriously “write” that. If so, could you please translate. Thanks

  • guesty

    What a perfect example of how ignorant one sounds without a grasp of the English language. Your cousins “was” caught up… and they did some things they “wasn’t” proud of. Just about the best is “…the gang choosed them!!!”

    I “choosed” what to have for lunch yesterday.

    Stay in school and pay attention, the taxpayers can’t afford to raise you anymore.

  • Guest20

    Excuses, excuses.

    Bob Moawad once said, “The best day of your life is the one on which you decide your life is your own. No apologies or excuses. No one to lean on, rely on, or blame. The gift is yours – it is an amazing journey – and you alone are responsible for the quality of it. This is the day your life really begins.”

    Until your cousins and you and your family stop making excuses for their actions, nothing will change. You can’t change what you don’t acknowledge. You’re not doing them or your family a favor by making excuses. Everyone needs to acknowledge that what they did was wrong, and then figure out ways to change that path of destruction for your family.

  • alisa

    i have a thought that if you talk to a psychic that it might help you find if not get closer to alquon’s where abouts.i no thats sound crazy but you have to try all the impossible to find your love one enstead of just sittin and hopeing he returns. you have to take actions and i feel this may help but if it doesnt then at least more possible oppurtunitys may come along the brain..i really hope you take this in consideration if not atleast try to explore new ideas..

  • Infuriated Citizen

    Honestly, it doesn’t matter how people talk or write or how they communicate with other people. It matters that these people, no matter how “poor or uneducated” are human beings. It doesn’t mean that they should get kidnapped or murdered any more than any other person. These things shouldn’t happen to ANYONE regardless of where you live, come from, what kind of outfit you wear, or if your mother had 2 kids or 20.

    Every single person has flaws. Go ahead & reply saying that you don’t. But just the fact that you can hide behind your computer & talk a big talk is ridiculous & infuriates me. A man is missing & another one is dead & all you can do is sit here & talk about how they had it coming to them or that they need to get an education.

    Well apparently you need some education in HUMANITY.

    If it was your son, daughter, brother, sister & they did something wrong & got kidnapped or murdered..you’d be singing a different tune.

    The people that have commented on this disgust me & are the complete reason why no one has any compassion for other human beings anymore.


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