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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Five people, including four teens, are charged in connection with the murder of a Chinese restaurant delivery driver in Wilmington.

Zhen Bo Liu, 60, was found dead in a car near 13th and Queen Streets June 14. He was on duty when he was killed.

I spoke with a few of Liu’s coworkers at the China King on S. 17th St., who were rocked by their friend’s cold-blooded murder. The restaurant has stopped delivering because of it.

Police say Liu was shot and killed over a $48 meal.

“They shot this guy, took the food and they went back to a house a short distance away and all sat down and ate it. Now if that’s not cold-blooded, I’ve never seen it,” aid Wilmington Police Chief Ralph Evangelous.

Police say Cornell Dwayne Haugabook Jr., 20, and a 15-year-old boy, who police will not identify because he is a juvenile, are charged with murder and armed robbery.

Manije Daneek Johnson, 16, Rasheed Ramone Thompson, 16, and Marvin Lee White, 18, are charged with conspiracy to commit robbery in connection with the crime.

“I’ve been a prosecutor now in this office for 13 years,” said New Hanover County District Attorney Ben David. “I’ve handled the bulk of the murder cases, and by any objective measure this is the worst I’ve seen.”

David says everyone will be held fully accountable for Liu’s murder.

“There will be discussions moving forward about whether this case is death penalty eligible,” David said.

By state law anyone under 18 cannot face the death penalty, but the juvenile could still face life without parole.

Chief Evangelous says he hopes these arrests will serve as a warning to others.

“If you’re going to be involved in this type of activity, we’re going to hunt you down and we’re going to put you and jail and put you in prison,” he says.

Police say they do not know if the crimes were gang related.

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  • Somanylosersitsscary

    Dude, you are a disgrace to NHC or whatever county you are deputy. I hope they discover what a D Bag racist you are and throw you out on your ass. Guess what, you and your idiot GOP friends lost. America voted and they chose the right man. Now do us all a favor and move to Alaska, or just jump off the closest bridge.

    Thanks very much.

  • E.h.

    He didnt kill the man. yes he is wrong for being involed but we all make mistakes. He was just with the wrong crowd at the wrong time. He isnt making anyone look bad. The last thing on anyones mind is that school.

  • deputy25

    Nope! I am a 26 year deputy. I will say this 4 years ago the races were not divided as much as they sre since bho took office. He pokes his nose in every black victims case. Cambridge beer summit ring a bell?? Travon thug martin? Ding ding hello biff. It is more hate divided black and white since bho was elected commander in chimp!!. The got a half black prez and dont know what the heck to do with it!! Crime from blacks are higher now since the muslim stole the office!!!!!

  • tweety12

    Tom from St.Paul Here we go again with the civil war.The south will rise again,is this your mentality Tom.Sick of apologizing for,part of American History.Tom ignorance and anger as a badge of honor who does that all people,some people who Tom.Not initimidated anymore tom this has nothing to do with intimidation.Are you suggesting the President focus all his attention on the inner city and forget about the rest. Tom maybe the police should look into what you are doing since you are talking about civil war and what not.

  • tweety12

    the trayvon martin casa was racial profiling and the murder of a young man walking home from a 7-11 and the police tried to cover it up when this story really hit the news this young man had been put to rest for over a month.And its fine that you don’t like the President because he is a dem. thats your business.

  • Grand Ole Party

    Welfare mother~A mother on welfare. Easy one right? Simple words seem to really confuse you.

  • bornwithcommonsense

    Bring on your civil war. Minorities outnumber you in 2012, and with the new generation of black youth crazier than the one before it, you’re in for quite the battle!

  • bornwithcommonsense

    Why aren’t YOU marching for the delivery driver?

  • Tweety12

    Beach Bum you are the second or third person that has mention
    war why is that you sound just like the people you are talking
    about. not one comment said the WPD did anything other than a great
    Job so what are you talking about do you know what racial profiling is
    again the WPD did a great job .Every comment was against the crime
    If anything the disagreement is trying to lump all black people into
    One group.Segregation really,it’s people like you that will keep fuel on the
    fire which is called hatred.The killing of mr Liu was terrible beyond
    words.Civil War get real

  • Grand Ole Party

    You are going to end up confusing tweety with the actual facts.

  • Beach Bum

    Civil war sounds like just the thing we need. Get rid of all the morons and dumbasses who glorify the criminal element or aspect of life.

    I am sure some how some way shape or form, the WPD will be implicated for racially profiling these hood rats only to have Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton and the NAACP marching to save face or justifying their actions.

    Segregation works. No individualism, eliminates confusion and keeps things uniformal.

    Way isn’t anyone marching for the delivery driver?

  • guesty

    Obummer interjected himself into the shooting in Florida that had nothing to do with politics. He tried to make it political and garner sympathy votes. So why doesn’t he also claim one of these thugs as a “possible” son?

  • tweety12

    Tom you say single parents in the inner cities are raising animals is that every single parent in the inner city or just the black ones.You do know there are white single parents that live in the inner city.Tom what do you think of the kids with both parents in the home live in gated communities and then one morning they decide to go get daddy guns ,google how to make bombs and then go out and commit mass murder.See the difference in the zZimmerman case and this one has nothing to do with theNAACP or civil rights lawyer had the police done there job and not try to sweep it under the rug,that case would not recieve the ink that it did.See the WPD did there job.

  • Tom from St . Paul

    What did he have to do with the Trayvon Martin killing, yet he interjected himself anyway?

    Maybe what he could do is use his bully pulpit and minority status to take the inner city to task once and for all. Enough with the 80% single motherhood rates. Enough with the abysmal test scores. Enough with glorifying thug life in entertainment. Enough with wearing ignorance and anger as a badge of honor.

    No president in history has had a better chance to admonish people like this, but instead he’s busy castigating the one percent; people who actually know the value of hard work.

    We’re sick of apologizing. You can toss around your conspiracy theories and even call us racists. You’re not intimidating us anymore. The inner city needs to get its crap together, or full-scale civil war will break out.

  • shoglo

    gun control is being able to control your gun! If you cant; dont get one. I myself have one and do carry when needed and for this reason. Concel weapon classes are offered everywhere. They teach you how to handle and be safe with it. Never keep them in kids reach.. no matter how old the kid is! But yes, everyone who delivers or has to travel late at night in questioned arears should be prepaired. This poor guy did not think it would happen to him either.
    Wilmington.. this is not New York!! raise your kids better! LOVE THEM! A loved child is a happy child who loves other people.

  • shoglo

    a man gets shot by low life’s and all you people can do is speak of a black and white issue and politics. The big issue hear is death. Poor man was trying to make a living and pay his bills. And was killed by selfesh thugs that wont work so they can pay for food. Sorry times in this country!
    I think all take out orders should be paid over the phone when ordered so delivery guys wont have to play with their lives carrying money. Certain places should be cut off. Not to be rude to different areas but to protect the working delivery guys who are in danger. It could happen in Leland, Landfall and in the bad part of town. It happens when you have kids not being taking to church or inside family home where they are taught to respect each other and work for a living to get somewhere in life. You have to want to grow up and be a human being, not a low life. Parents.. watch who your kids are hangin with.. Be aware, it you dont trust the person your kids hang out with then the next person wont trust your kid. and should they…

  • Ryan

    To right you are my friend to right

  • tweety12

    Deputy 25ou seem to have a lot of anger for black men i could be reading you wrong.You grauated from the school of knocks over 40 years ago congrats,you are not the first and will not be the last.Since you have this thing about the NAACP you should contact them and ask them there stance on this injustice going on in Wilmington N.C. They will respond to you.See you are another one that needs to look into the orgin of the NAACP.Mr deputy25 again a black man can’t have a college degree and make positive difference in your world.Ride what elevator the purpose of a college degree is that you might be able to live the Ameican dream.The President of the United States is the problem of race relations in society, really.DEPUTY25 you really have forgotten a lot would tell you to take a look in your history book but the real truth isn’t there(bits and pieces)We all have prejudices but racist and racism is another demon.Enjoy your ride on the elevator ‘brotha you crack me up.Again why are you so mad.And the Mugshot comment the young man made is correct.

  • Gustafo

    It’s clear and evident that certain people cannot assimilate into modern culture and behave like human beings. Who cares what color they are? Dirt bags come in every shade. In the greatest country in the world where opportunity is there for basically everyone who takes initiative, we have these sub-human predators who lurk in the darkness waiting for an opportunity to do irreversible harm to someone and their family for mere dollars. Carry a gun people. You don’t have to be paranoid, just be ready.

  • Guest 101

    The big lesson from all this is……ARM yourselves people. Get a handgun, the training and know how to use your weapon and defend yourself and loved ones. If you’re downtown at a light in your vehicle and four black men approach shoot first and ask questions later or at the least have your weapon coked & locked ready for action.
    Hey, I know it sucks to have to live this way but that’s just the reality of the situation.

    Remember.. “when seconds count the police are only minutes away.”

    “I’d rather be tride by 12 than carried by 6.”

  • Tom from St . Paul

    Cut off every single cent to the inner city. Single parents are raising children that are little more than animals. If you want to live the thug life, you’ll live it on your own, not off the backs of hard-working individuals who possess basic human decency and dignity.

    Let the inner cities erupt. I’m armed. I’m ready.

    How sad for Zhen Bo Liu, who unlike these “men” and their families knew the value of hard work. If you’re keeping score at home, one producer gone. Four leeches still alive.

    Can we get George Zimmerman off the front page and begin publicizing stories like this one?

  • Guest910

    Well if you check the statistics you would also see that black women make up the highest population of female prisoners. Maybe black men should avoid you since you are the thug breeding baby factories that keep reproducing with lowlifes like these, ignoring the decent hard working black men, and you sit on welfare expecting a handout while complaining no good men exist. Since you’re so “strong” and “independent” your choice in mates is killing the community since you pick irresponsible men to breed with that society has to worry worry about in 15yrs coming up and robbing someone at a ATM late night because single motherhood is some type of badge of honor to yall.

  • anne

    Not all blacks should be judged for what these thugs have done. And yes I use the word thugs even though I have been ridiculed for my use of the word. They are depraved thugs who have no value for human life.

    Too many bad things have been put on here about the black race. They do not represent all blacks, just as Manson doesn’t represent all whites. They chose to commit murder over a few dollars and some food and I hope that justice will be served, no matter the color.

    I can’t wait to see how the family member’s defend them – you know, “they never did nothing wrong” and “they are just boys that made a mistake”.

    And as for the comments about Al and Jessie, you know they won’t show up here unless the situation is different and they think they can get some publicity. Now those two give the black race a bad name!

  • tweety12

    deputy25 i hope that is just your username.Now i am going to go out on a limb here.So you believe that if some one else was in the white house the world will be different.You might not believe this but the way of the world has been and will continue on this path regardless of the President.See we have to get off of this democrate,republican i am better than you (that is what you are refering to correct)If we don’t work this thing together whe will continue to live in a world lost.

  • tweety12

    Politics,Politics,again this has nothing to do with racial profiling,yes it was a cold blooded killing.No one tried to cover it up and yes they will be tried in a court of law.So what does your comment have to do with the President of the United States and the statement he made pertaining to racial profiling.None other than politics.

  • bornwithcommonsense

    What does Obama have to do with 5 black youth killing a minority? As I recall, this type of criminal activity has been going on since day one of human existences, regardless of the whom the President was. Now if you want to go there, during the Reagan era, crack was put on the streets by the US gov’t, Guatemala citizens were purposefully given std’s by prostitutes hired by the gov’t. My point is, the fault lies within the conscious of these young men and their parents. NOT a man who has never met these men nor had a part in their upbringing.

  • Guest6969696969

    Obama says,
    *If I had a Son(s), they would look like*,,
    Cornell Dwayne Haugabook Jr
    Manije Daneek Johnson,
    Rasheed Ramone Thompson,
    Marvin Lee White
    In addition to un-identified Juvi.

  • Guest99999

    Check out the statistics. Young black males are far more inclined to commit violent crime than any other race or ethnic group.

    I am a black female, and I hate to admit this about my own people.

    But sometimes the truth must be spoken, and statistics don’t lie.

    I, a black female, am more cautious when I encounter young black males late at night on the streets of downtown Wilmington. It’s a sad situation that must be addressed honestly. And liberals will not confront it, while conservatives react only with vitriol.

    Welfare mothers having children they have no intention of nourishing and giving moral guidance. They themselves would not know the meaning of moral guidance.

  • tweety12

    only if it was being kept silent and hush-hush, you know how its done at times.i see Al and Jesse have impact on a lot of people.Some of you should do some real research into the Civil Rights Movement you might be surprise what you might find out(i mean so real research)Question why are you so angry, Outrage yes i get, angry?

  • deputy 25

    tell this story to the police chief in sanford who just got fired by black managers because he did not charge a 1/2 white person for the homicide of a black person!!! by the way, Homicide is the killing of a human being by another, Murder is the ‘unlawful’ killing of one by another.

  • deputy 25

    that one person you need to start with is Obama!!!!!!!

  • Besty_Guesty

    How’s that new slogan working for you? Bring It! Downtown? No need; it’s already here.

    Again and again and again…

    Remember the money that the city has squandered on studies, consultants and waste could be used to improve neighborhoods and encourage our youth to reach for their dreams instead of their weapons.

    Rest in peace Zhen Bo Liu.

  • Guest 4545

    How come the White House has commented like they did in Sanford, Florida. Folks the truth of the matter is this country is out of control and it started on January 20, 2009.

  • Edward White

    While Zhen Bo Lie (my heartfelt condolences to his family)lay slumped over, dead in his car, these four “young men” sat down and ate their spicey Chinese food, and they enjoyed every mouthful.

    Words fail to convey their evil depravity.

    And we wonder why taxi drivers refuse to go to certain neighborhoods? We wonder why delivery men and women are terrified at the thought of going to certain addresses.

    Here we have a hard-working, industrious Asian man shot dead by four depraved thugs who should never have been born.

    Where’s the outrage?

    When will Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton stand on the steps of City Hall and denounce this heinous act? When will we see the outrage this murder demans. Never!

    Never! And all of you reading my thoughts know why.

  • tweety12

    Guest99999 were should i start with this ,Statistics might not lie but the truth can be blown up.Now lets get this straight you are more cautious when approach by black males downtown why not cautious when you meet anyone downtown have you ever looked into statistics about serial killers and rapist they don’t all have locks and look like you.what should liberals do band all blacks from downtown?Now this statement was disturbing could be wrong but it sounds like you have a lot of white friends you hangout with,correct me if i am wrong welfare mothers what the hellis a welfare mother.when you have your first child will your friends call you a welfare mother.Since we are living in hard times what do you classify mothers that use to work but now don’t have a job are they consider welfare mothers.The woman who is in her ninth month gets a divorce is she consider a welfare mother.One last thing as i tell my daughters always be aware of your surroundings no matter who you are with and were you are.

  • tweety12

    PublicAvenger,you are right Mr.Liu was a good man and the police department did a great job,and no you won’t see Jesse Jackson around,not because of the reasons that you infer but because civil rights was about fighting for justice in and injust time for people looking for eqaulity.Justice in this case will have its day in court and if the outcome is not what is expected it will be because the state didn’t do his job.Was the crime heinous without a doubt see this is not about(it shouldn’t be) just black or white or whatever the case maybe.We have to look at the big picture this is a black eye for the community and rather you see it that way it doesn’t matter.I know someone will disagree with this assessment,but we will always see things differently.

  • BA BA booey

    If Obama had a son he might look like…….

  • Stereotypical Thug

    I love when stories like this happens, people group all black people as thugs, ghetto, welfare queens and kings and everything else negative. As a black late 20’s male, who graduated with honors from college, employed full-time and a clean record….. I get grouped in because I’m black. It was cold blooded what they did to the man and I hope those boys get the maximum sentence..No one should die for a 48 dollar meal. But at the same time we all know black people aren’t the only ones killing, stealing and drug dealing in Wilmington…. Look at the mugshots in Star News… You see just as many white faces as black…But you guys consider those isolated incidents with them but categorize black people as a whole… Stop It…..

  • OneStepAtATime

    It is extremely sad that the actions of these boys and many others are the cause of people hiding behind their computers categorizing the entire African-American race as thugs, monsters, moochers, etc. etc. Although it is sadly hard to believe, all of us do not fall under those categories. A lot of us do work hard to take care of our children, first, then ourselves. We do not all depend on government assistance and we do raise our children to the best of our abilities. These young boys were cruel and heartless and they do deserve punishment!! There is still hope for this community if we stick together and try to help one another instead of bringing each other down. Will it happen over night?! No, but we can start with one person. Become a mentor to someone who lacks a positive adult figure in their life. We all need guidance and love. Prayers to family and friends of Mr. Liu.

  • deputy 25

    well Mr. I am in my 20’s and Black, show me how many mugshots that were charged with such a dirty crime as this that were white?? If the NAACP is for the advancement of colored people, well isn’t white/yellow a color?? where are Al, Jesse at talking how this is bad??? this crime against again,a colored man, robbed, killed then eat the food. i hope they are fed Chinese food for their last meal, hopefully the poo poo platter! yeah i graduated with honors to and struggled up the ladder to the top, not expect to ride the elevator like you ‘edu-men-cated’ to the top and then want to say you are grouped together. white people are grouped together. And it is done by the black people! i have done and forgot more than you will ever know, see i also graduated from the school of hard knocks almost 40 years ago. blacks and whites got along better than they have since January 2009. now you go call Jesse and Al and tell them to get down here so you can use some of that knowledge you claim to have. by the way ,nothing ever beat having COMMON SENSE. Blacks are just as prejudiced as anyone else. enjoy your ride on the elevator’brotha’

  • tweety12

    are you serious January 20, 2009 were have you been.Politics has nothing to do with this.You miss the whole point of the case in florida.That was and is about racial profiling.Really 2009,we are talking about Mr.liu and how his life was taken by five young men without feeling or remorse.Politics get a life.

  • tweety12

    Couldn’t have said it any better……..

  • deputy 25

    please please tell me it is going to end January, 2013!!! please.

  • Guest910

    Its amazing how the Internet allows individuals to hide and spew racist garbage behind a computer. I will admit what these young men did was horrible, and I hope they suffer dearly for this crime, but using this story as your personal soapbox to demonize all blacks in the country is outrageous. There are many law abiding tax paying citizens from all races and background in this country. A white man killed his ex girl friend its an isolated event, black teenagers kill someone all blacks are savage, brutish, aggressive, welfare dependent now. That’s right its a difference in being aggressive and assertive based on racial interpretation. Lowlifes exist among every race and let’s hope they all get what they deserve.

  • Guest12345678

    “O-Dog was America’s worst nightmare. Young, black, and didn’t give a @%#$@.”

    Menace to Society, 1993.

  • CC

    I knew all these dudes. theyre not bad, they just grew up somewhere where its ok to rob and kill.

  • Friend

    Jermaine marvin lee white ? He giving New Hanover High School a BAD look ! What is wrong with that boy and he’s in the NHHS band …

  • Office Fan

    From what I read, this delivery driver was a Chinese national and had just recently moved here from Shanghai. I think it would be most fitting to hand them over to the Chinese government and let them deal with them. You know how China deals with murderers? Their trial would be within weeks and they would be in front of a firing squad days later. Sounds like a fitting punishment for these degenerates if you ask me.

  • Grand Ole Party

    Hey Mike you going to keep preaching to us about not carrying weapons? Or do you get it yet? I hope they fry all four of these punk THUGS.

  • guesty

    These are all good boys and never did anything bad to anybody. Oops, I just barfed a little bit.

  • PublicAvenger

    I knew this man. I ordered food, he delivered several times. He was a very good man. Great job by the WPD. These thug, monsters, need to be given the death penalty.

    By the way. I don’t think we’ll see Jesse Jackson marching around, and screaming for justice, on this one.

  • SickofScum

    If this had been a black male killed by four or five from any other race it would have been a racially motivated hate crime and been national news with Al and Jesse ready to march. Sad….I hope these low life muts never see freedom again and are eliminated from society permanently.

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