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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Three of the four suspects charged as adults in connection to the murder of a Chinese food delivery driver are no strangers to trouble. A 15-year-old boy has also been charged, but information on him is protected, because he is a juvenile.

The 15-year-old and Cornell Dwayne Haugabook Jr., 20, are charged with murder and armed robbery of Zhen Bo Liu, 60, who was found dead in a car near 13th and Queen Streets June 14. Investigators say Liu was delivering food for a Chinese restaurant when he was killed and robbed of his delivery. Investigators say the suspects then took the $48 worth of food home and ate it.

The StarNews reports the group planned the robbery before ordering the food. Assistant District Attorney Jason Smith said the 15-year-old shot Liu in the foot and then Haugabook shot him in the face, killing him. The two returned to a nearby house and shared the food with the others.

Haugabook made his first appearance in court this morning. His mother was in court for the hearing. Nadine Milton would not go on camera, but told WWAY her son moved to Wilmington four months ago. That’s around the time he finished off a four-year prison sentence in Florida for armed burglary, grand theft and grand theft firearm, according to the Florida Department of Corrections website. Because he is still on probation for those crimes, a judge denied Haugabook bond this morning.

Milton said she thinks her son is too young to get the death penalty. She also said she does not think he has it in him to kill someone. Milton said her son has no money, and so she doesn’t think he could afford a gun. She also said he is not in a gang.

The other suspects, Manije Daneek Johnson, 16, Rasheed Ramone Thompson, 16, and Marvin Lee White, 18, are charged with conspiracy to commit robbery in connection with Liu’s death.

While none of those three have any convictions we could find, White has pending charges of larceny, having a weapon on school property, drug possession, discharging a firearm in the city limits and breaking and entering, according to court records.

Records also show Thompson has a court date next month for defacing public property.

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  • Guest88

    The important thing here is that crime was committed and the STATS show the percentage of each race who commits these crimes. Who cares specifically how people murdered other, what I care about is that MORE percentage Black people murdered people. Period. The STATs show the percentage of race, meaning criminals per capita. Of course there would be more white people committing the crimes because there are more white people in general. It shows that if I were amongst a group of white people, I’d be less likely to be killed and raped if I were amongst the same numbered group of blacks. Learn to read before you get on here and try to make excuses for your pathetic people. Say thanks instead of ranting when someone else is trying to throw you a bone and educate you a little bit.

    I, as a Chinese American living in Wilmington, am absolutely not surprised the animals are a pack of black shits. If today is the first day you’ve heard/learned about black hate crimes against Asians, then you need to get your head out of your own — and listen and learn. I personally have experienced numerous verbal and emotional attacks from black people trying to intimidate me my whole life, growing up here as an immigrant. My family members, also delivery drivers in Wilmington, have been robbed at gun point numerous times (all by black people) with no results of suspects. If you need more proof of these crimes, no need to go on the internet to read up on anything…Asians are too busy working and have no time to waste time posting to teach the likes of you…then maybe take some time and ask actual Asians in person their personal experiences/interactions with black people. I came to this country with no preconceived notions of how it “used” to be in this country, I did not come here as a racist. I only know how I feel as I grow up in this country, being treated the way I was by black people and white people to conclude my own feelings and thoughts about the racial stereotypes. I’ve concluded that most, not all, black people have treated me like shit in the past. All this talking about how you think these animals should suffer is really wasting everybody’s time, when you can use that to head over to a Wells Fargo branch and donate to Mr Liu’s family!
    It also would’ve been nice to see some of you at his funeral service…sadly, only 2 black people showed up to show the family support….

  • ushouldknow

    I totally agree with your response Tweety. Why are issues with black people always coupled with welfare and broken families?! Now their discussing rape, abortion and STDs. The statistics are not as accurate as you may think. The stats are generated from information gathered at public health facilities, the information is public. Whites are most likely treated at private facilities and their information is private. It doesn’t mean their stats are less. In regards to broken homes. How about statistics on families with divorced parents, parents remarried, and molestation by parents, generally, the step parent. Which race of people frequently have this issue in their families?! Blacks usually marry for love. Whites marry for status, money or lust. Which is why it usually doesn’t last long. If it does, they are so unhappy they spend most of their time drinking to help cope with the life they’ve chosen to keep their image when they are really just unhappy. Of course, there the other option of just having a mistress on the side.

  • Sam stephens

    Some of them aren’t bad people just wrong place wrong time!

  • Sam stephens

    Shut up please!

  • Sam

    I’m white & I agree 100%

  • tweety12

    you said rant not hardly,but that’s your opinion.Again
    were is this information blacks hating Asians
    coming from.

  • Charles Walters

    Wow what a rant that said absolulely nothing. All I said is that because I am white it is not my fault blacks get in trouble, and this is true. As I said before it is not my fault blacks commit crime at a higher percentage than other races. It is not my fault blacks dropout of school at a higher percentage than other races. It is not my fault for any of their other problems. You seem to leave out the fact I did not say all black people were like this. I know many black men and women who are highly educated and are very productive citizens. I also stated black leaders have come out and said that blacks need to stop blaming everyone else for problems they have created. You just proved me right by trying to shift the focus from the big issue, 6 fools killed an innocent man who was trying to do his job by delivering food for a restaurant he worked at. Quite frankly I believe the investigation will show they ordered the food with the intention of robbing the delivery person, and killing him. Reports say he was shot in the foot first then he was shot in the face killing him. Personally it sounds like a racially motivated hate crime, brought on by the hatred of Asians by Blacks. Of course blacks do not want people talking about their bigotry and racist ways.

  • tweety12

    MR.Walters,what blacks have you been talking to.That said its all the white man fault.You are sayin all black people are lazy,don’t want to work, all drop out of school.It seem like we went from five to six young men commiting murder to a whole race of good for nothing ,lazy, dropouts.If i can remember correctly one of the first commits made was it is not fair to lump a whole race of people together to six young men that committed a brutal murder and went and ate the food.So where are we,a brutal murder by six young men or a whole race of good for nothing people.About statistics you know they are only correct if you believe in them. About a month ago it was something in the paper about jobs and unemployment going down and no one believe it but now we are statistics biggest supporter.Am i saying they are not correct, no but we can pad any stat.we want,next time try and provide the links were these stats.are and the people can read them and do a little research.You know like the reader that went back and found the young man arrest record from 08.

  • deputy25

    who is judging??? God has judged them already. just take a minute and read your ten commandments!!!

  • Guestsosad

    Tyndale, Thanks for the info. Thanks for saying what most of us are afraid to say. These stats are staggering and sickening. Something’s gotta give!

  • Get real

    Lady, guess what…..they are already in your daughter’s school! These same kids were in public schools just a week before the murder. They weren’t murderers then. Just potential murderers. My point? Keep them in school, keep them challenged, and keep them straight with TOUGH school leaders. My hypothesis? Had school been in session, this doesn’t happen. Trust me, I have thought this through. You need to get real, face the facts, and get a grip. A week before the shooting, they were eating lunch with your kid.

  • Charles Walters

    Finally someone who gets it. I have heard all my life from blacks it’s someone elses fault. NEWS FLASH it is not my fault if you commit a crime because you are to lazy to work. It is not my fault you dropped out of school because you weren’t gonna let some teacher tell you what to do, because you knw it all and they don’t know crap. It is not my fault you are hiding from child support enforcement because you couldn’t keep it in your pants. Yes I am white and none of your problems are my fault. Even black leaders such as Bill Cosby and Al Sharpton know this. If you want to know who is to blame for your problems, then look in the mirror, and it should be clear who is responsible. YOU!!!!!

  • GuestReality

    God never told us not to judge…He told us not to judge UNTIL we take out the speck in our own eye first.

    The Book of Judges is the seventh book of the Hebrew Bible and the Christian Old Testament. It contains the history of Biblical judges. Why would God have established judges if He didn’t want them to judge?

  • irish1

    According to studies … it cost taxpayers more to invoke the death penalty than life in prison

  • deputy25

    Excuse me why i go throw up grom reading that stupid azz comment. You must live on a well securrd world where you avoid the real world. Barfing again!!!!!

  • deputy25

    Facts are facts but blacks do want to hear them. Thanks for the post. Pepole will use the hater and racist word just to try and stop a conversation. Keep up the stat reporting!””Get

  • tweety12

    Mr Tyndale,why would you assume that someone would call you a racist.You went and found statistics off of google i assume,you never stated how you feel.Now i don’t have the number but how many more white females are like to kill there own babies or there children period,how many white men are more likely to become serial killers,how many more white males will go into a school to commit mass murder,how many white males are likely to become molesters after they themselves were molested by there fathers or uncles. One last question, are there more white families on welfare than black families.Your comment is very well written so i know you are able to have an open mind about these things without going into a rant…I know i said last question but i would love to read the report about the bigotry against Asians because i never heard that before today.Once again the crime was very evil and i believe those young men would have killed whomever delivered that food.

  • confused1

    Not sure what some of the programs are teaching them. Two years ago my 7 year old son played Pop Warner Football here in town. When they played the teams from the inner city the behavior by the players and their coaches was atrocious. There were numerous late hits, face masking, cursing, punching, and kids hands being stomped on purposely while down. We had kids in tears and afraid to go back on the field with them then and for the next games with them. Sad part was the coaches were overheard by many people encouraging them to do this.

    Of course the behavior by the parents(99% “moms”) was not much better. Throwing their trash on the ground, cursing loudly and letting their offspring run wild through the bleachers.

  • Tammy

    Year round schools to stop a killer? Seriously?? I pray these thugs NOT be in school with my daughter, trolling the halls with their attitudes of “I rule over you”. Not to even mention the teachers who also must deal with the likes of these adults who refuse authority. You haven’t thought through your plan carefully. Exposure to the public is not the answer.

  • Tyndale

    Want to know how six teenage animals could kill an innocent Chinese immigrant? Let’s start with racial bigotry. One of the most under-reported stories in the USA is African-American racist bigotry against Asians. Asian community is starting to talk about this big time. But pigs will fly before these clowns get charged with a hate crime. Compare that to the Trayvon Martin case.

    NOTE: what follows is not a racist rant. The statistics below have a clear message: the black community in North Carolina needs to take responsibility for its lousy quality of life.
    – Blacks comprise 20% of the NC population, but 66% of the NC prison population. 48% of the NC murders, and 45% of the rapes are committed by black perpetrators.
    – NC violent crime rate is higher than the national average; i.e., it’s safer in New York City than in Wilmington. While blacks & whites are equally likely in NC to commit nonviolent burglaries & larcenies, violent crimes are predominantly committed by black criminals (NC State University statistics).
    – 66% of NC blacks grow up in broken homes, as compared to 24% whites. The average life expectancy of NC black males is 68, vs. 75 for whites.
    – According to a study of 100,000 NC former prison inmates, blacks in NC prisons have a lower mortality rate than those not in prison in NC. For black men, their chance of dying inside prison during any given year is 50% less than on the outside. White men stand a 12% higher chance of dying in prison during any given year than they do on the outside. What does this say about crime-ridden black neighborhoods?
    – NC has the highest number of abortions of any state in the South. 35% of these involve black babies, though blacks only comprise 20% of the population.
    – For every 100,000 black females in NC, 1,781 had Chlamydia (a sexually transmitted disease), compared to 227 white females. For black and white males the numbers are 466 & 40 respectively. In other words, the rate of STD infection for NC black men & women is 900% & 1000% more than white counterpart populations.
    – In 2010, the percentage of NC juveniles under the age of 18 arrested for murder & rape increased by 23% & 16% respectively over the previous year. For 16-yr olds there was a 50% increase in arrests for murder & a 30% increase in arrests for rape. For juveniles (<18) overall, there was a 50% increase in arrests for sex crimes & a 67% increase in arrests for gambling.
    -

    With that, let the 'you're a racist' name-calling begin.

  • Fedupwithit

    Your right racism is appalling. How about your own race speaking up and letting your own kind knoe it’s not acceptable when the tables are turned. Likerecently when the black thug that punched the wheelchair bound disabled woman in the face while yelling ‘I hate white people!’ You never hear these so called Christian reverends being decent enough or man enough to speak out and say we apologize to whites for this dispicable behavior. Don’t expect anymore from whites than what the African American community displays to us. I think making a few remarks about a black thug deserving swift justice is much more tolerable than the reverse racism that is taking place in our country right now.

  • tweety12

    you understood the comment.You probably didn’t want too see it but,you understand.I assume you have some commonsense.English lesson this isn’t an English Class and if you want to take it there try studying American History,not just your History….

  • B OBrien

    What would you like to see done differently for these punks? They grow up in homes where erug use is the norm. Abuse of welfare is the norm. Being taught that rap and hip-hop are the norm. They have a culture that teaches them they are all victims because of crap that happened over 200 years ago and I’m supposed to still feel guilty about. No worries yhough. These guys are in the district of Ben “PLEA BARGAIN” David. They MIGHT see ten years behind bars with a little probation.

  • Eddie Garcia

    It’s the mindset like yours which encourages these types of crimes. Imagine if the driver had been black and the 6 crooks white? Do you think that the al sharptons, jesse jacksons, benjamin jealous’ and all the other race agitators would be as understanding as you??? or would they demand swift justice now!

    Do you really think they’re innocent??? If given the option to house them during the trial at your home, would you?

    Dump your white guilt yoke… you’ll soon understand the anger

  • Guest1

    Why do we need community outreach? Is it asking that much of the freaking PARENTS to not teach their kid not to Murder someone? Spare me the “poor black kid” speech. That one is getting old. It is the whole thug and hip hop glamorized lifestyle by the black community doing this damage

  • Guest, just another

    With these ultra liberal comments, you are obviously a fool. There ARE programs, you just don’t open your eyes to see them, or even though you have these opinions, you choose NOT to involve yourself with actions in suppoa Maybe Obama can fork over some more of my money to make life “fair” for these scum, then maybe they won’t do this next time.

    Right.

  • Food for thought

    Year round high school model. That would be a step in the right direction. We have had two major incidents in the last week, and these kids are high school aged. Don’t know where they go or went, but I can imagine. They have been out of school for a week or so, and now the stories flare up. We didn’t read about these types of things durng the school year. Maybe that is a coincidence. Maybe it is not. The structure school provides as well as the adult support available to teen aged kids is all of the sudden gone when the summer comes. This is not to blame the school system, but it does go to show that with the right systems in place, much of this may not happen. If New Hanover County had a year round high school there would be less down time and much more time to focus and mentor young people. Put these kids back out in the hood in June through August, you can bet they will slip back to their thug ways quickly. The adults in their lives after June are thugs themselves. The professionals all go home for the summer. This is what we get. I think this makes too much sense however. Schools are not supported by the local politicians, only the friends and potential voters are listened to. Tourism is king. If they did support the schools, they would place strong leaders in each school, surround them with tough teachers, filter out the thugs and wannabes, and teach the rest how to become contributing citizens. Six week on, one week off. Education is the key here. If anyone thinks it is a coincidence that all of this garbage is happening now that school is out, I would suggest they think again. Someone compared this to Mogadishu. Seems like a good comparison. What they lack there is education. We are well on our way to looking like hat hole here soon. We need to smarten up. There needs to be a tough presence in our schools, and these kids need to be and that a lot longer than they are now. Let’s try a year round school for a year. My bet is that it works. As for these punks, it is too late. But for the future, why not consider it?

  • GuestMan.

    I guess you must be God’s representative on Earth to have that much say so in who lives or dies. Don’t judge and people won’t judge you.

  • nchilltopper

    Could someone translate this message for me? What language is this? You may want to consider some English lessons, or sober up before attempting to join a discussion.

  • Former Teacher

    As a teacher for thirty years in Wilmington schools, I, an African American woman, can attest that something is terribly wrong with young inner-city black males, and it is high time black leaders address this problem.

    The majority of African American males are upstanding citizens. But there is a culture of gangsta thug music and videos that celebrate violence. I had to deal with these gangsta thug young males in the last few years of my employment, and they are a scarey group.

    Conservatives on this blog have made racist statements. I can understand the anger, but the racism is appalling.

    And as for liberals, they are to chicken-livered to ever criticize any element of the black community or experience, no matter how destructive and violent.

    Here’s my message to local black leaders: Get a grip on this situation now, and admit that the our inner-city youth are in terrible trouble. Stop blaming whitey for everything. We’ve got to address this ourselves and come up with solutions, if possible.

    My deep sympathies go out to the Liu family.

  • Tweety12

    The same one that could be your son.
    When you have children you never know.
    We teach them right from wrong you give them
    a morale compass .Do they always follow the
    script no,do they all turn out to be murderers
    no.Lets be honest for a second had the situation
    half of you would careless.You would google
    There past and find out what crimes they had
    on record.A few would have said the world is a
    better place be truth.Now if you want to have
    a march downtown get it together.They have been
    arrested now we have to wait for due process,just
    how we knew Sandusky was guilty Due-process

  • Grand Ole Party

    Bull$#%#!!!! God can judge them after we send them his way. We have every right to judge them.

  • Guest 2012622

    Used to, they arrested someone, held the trial that day if there was a judge in town (if not as soon as they could find one), passed sentence, build a scaffold, and then let them swing at dawn. If they would bring this process back, there would be a lot less of these incidents. I agree with many other posters, if the perps had been white and the victim black, we would never hear the end of this out of Sharpton, Jackson, the Black Panthers, etc. I would like to hear from Obama that if he had a son, which one of these little darlings would he look like?

  • Guest412

    The longer someone is in jail-the more of our tax payer money goes towards their stay. What ever happened to the 10 commandments and an eye for an eye?

  • Guest 870

    INNOCENT till PROVEN GUILTY.

    This is the cornerstone of our justice system.

    If these boys are guilty, then they deserve the strongest punishment that is LEGALLY allowed to be dealt to them in a court of law.

    My thoughts and prayers go out to the victims families.

    Can we please discuss LOGICAL ways that something like this could be prevented in the future? If predominately young black males in low income areas in Wilmington continue to commit crimes of violence, is there some sort of community outreach that could be done to reach these children early enough to counter such horrible acts from happening?

    I believe this would be a better discussion then the one I see happening on this comment board.

  • Guest, Just another

    Which one could be obama’s son? Who is he going to stick up for now? Which one is this way because of the injustice in this world that is working against him and his ability to succeed? Scum.

  • QuietOne

    Well, his tattoo is actually correct. He killed someone now and will get to die for it later. Makes sense.

  • Guest CommonTater

    to be removed from the gene pool post-haste!

    Evil!!

  • Guest2020

    The executions wouldn’t even have to be public if they were swift.

  • Guest2020

    If you’re son is old enough to commit cold-blooded, calculated murder then he is old enough for the death penalty. He forfeited his right to walk among the living when he murdered Mr. Liu. And since when does a criminal need money to get his hands on a gun?

  • Guestfred

    These KIDS lives are over and deserve to be over. These kids traded their lives for an order of chicken wings and shrimp fried rice. Probably woke up hungry the next day. I think they should be forced to starve to death.

  • I knew it was just a matter of time before mother dearest come out saying he was a good little boy.
    I was against the state paying for the eugenics program but this makes me think that we should, 50 grand isn’t so bad, just think how much money the state could have saved if we had sterilized this mother before she gave birth to this thug.
    Just today the NAACP is in Raleigh protesting just because some black guy was ask to leave a bar that was members only and he wasn’t a member but now it’s a black thing, why isn’t the NAACP down here about this, oh that’s right it’s one, or 5 maybe 6, of their people who did “wrong” so they will stay away.
    And then some law makers want to overturn the cases of almost everyone on death row on something called the racial justice act, BS, justice for this would be a bullet between the eyes.
    These people will continue to breed and cause problems as long as we hard workers keep having to put roofs over their heads and feed them, but must not be enough food as these 5 or 6 had to kill for more.
    STOP ALL GOVERNMENT HANDOUTS.
    KILL EVERYONE ON DEATH ROW TONIGHT
    PUT EVERYONE IN PRISON ON A CHAIN GANG 5 DAYS A WEEK, hey thugs here’s your gang.

  • Arborguy

    I don’t think these punks should get the death penalty when they are found guilty of murder. I would rather see them all go to prison for the rest of their lives, and hope that they get treated to the very worst that prison can offer every single day of every year, and that they live a long, long time. Then when they finally die at a ripe old (hopefully very miserable)age, they can go straight to the Devil.

  • Niecy

    We all are outraged for what took place. It was ridiculous and stupid. We all going to reap what we sow whether it be good or bad according to the word of God. So no one on this whole entire universe has room to judge. God is the just judge. We are all still here because God’s mercy. My prayers go out to family who lost there love one. May God comfort and strenghthen your heart. He didn’t deserve to die!

  • Guest31415

    Nadine Milton does not believe her son has it in him to kill someone. I bet she did said the same thing when he was arrested (and subsequently convicted of) for his slew of other crimes that lead to his prison sentence.

    He can not afford a gun? He has a conviction for STEALING a firearm.

    Too young for the death penalty? He absolutely deserves the death penalty. To think that they went home and ate the food they had stolen from a man they just murdered…

    What a bunch of horrid people.

  • guesty

    What else should we expect, mama to stand up and say she failed at raising him? That would mean she would have to accept responsibility for creating a thug. These punks have proven that they all lack basic human features and shouldn’t ever be allowed to be free. Just execute them and be done with this trash.

  • foe

    Crazy that he was probably still in high school when this happened…scary that teachers would be teaching this kid.

  • Das Weibstück

    Birth date: 11/22/1991
    Hair Color: BLACK
    Eye Color: BROWN
    Height: 5′ 4″
    Weight: 140 lb
    DC Number: K76281
    Release Date: 2/03/2012
    Current Facility: MARION C.I.
    Initial Receipt Date: 12/17/2008
    Current Custody: CLOSE
    Current Release Date: 2/03/2012
    Release Facility: MARION C.I.
    Custody: CLOSE
    Names / Aliases:
    CORNELL HAUGABOOK
    CORNELL D HAUGABOOK
    Scars / Marks / Tattoos:
    Type Location Description
    TATTOO LEFT ARM CORNELL
    TATTOO LEFT CHEST LATER DIE/SKULL
    TATTOO MIDDLE CHEST BULLET HOLE
    TATTOO RIGHT CHEST KILL NOW/FACE

    …..chest reads :”Kill Now, Die Later” … Yeah, he is an angel Mom.

  • Judge Dredd

    Do you realize that these crimes would stop if we just brought back public executions? It was a perfect concept for the hanus crimes commited. No matter the age, when you make an adult decision to kill someone, you get the adult consequences. I would have no problem seeing the justice system string these people up at the courthouse and making them face real justice.
    People need to get the point and criminals need to get the message. We should not and will not be victims. God rest the soul of the man murdered for no reason but doing his job.

  • Sammy

    White has pending charges of larceny, having a weapon on school property, drug possession, discharging a firearm in the city limits and breaking and entering, according to court records.

    Why was he out? That man may still be alive

  • deputy 25

    oh, and one more thing THUG MAMA, i dont think that the VICTIM should have gotten the DEATH penalty neither!!!!!!!!!

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