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Family: Shooting victim killed by fellow gang member

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- The family of a shooting victim says his death was the result of fighting within a gang.

Wilmington Police say Raequan Rouse, 18, was shot several times Sunday night near the corner of N. 10th and Campbell streets. His family says it was a bullet to the neck that killed him.

"When I first heard it, I didn't know how to react," Rouse's brother Rakeem Brown said.

Although relatives do not know what led to his death, they say Rouse was affiliated with a gang.

"He was a Blood," Rouse's cousin Marquis Jackson said. "He was there all day. He did it for his team, but at the same time, his team wasn't with him."

They say the man who shot and killed Rouse was also a Blood.

"These boys around town are going crazy for no reason," Jackson said. "But whoever did it, y'all should be ashamed of y'all's self."

The family says Rouse leaves behind two children. They also say he has another baby on the way.

"His little boy is hurting about it, and his little girl. They know exactly what's going on," Jackson said.

Wilmington Police have not given any information about a suspect.

A WPD spokeswoma says two people dropped Rouse off at the hospital, but got out of the vehicle they were in and took off running before police could catch up with them.

A neighbor, who did not want to go on camera, says when she heard the commotion Sunday night, she peeked through a door and saw about six people fighting in the street.

Records show Rrouse was convicted with assaulting an officer last year. He was also convicted of breaking and entering in 2012.

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Bravo!!!

Rettanya:

Your story should serve as inspiration to the black community! I wish you could shout it from the rooftops! It would, undoubtedly, help push those who feel trapped by their surroundings to WANT to aspire to more and to pursue a better path for themselves and their families. Perhaps it would also help break the perpetual cycle. I commend you for pressing on, despite the horrible things that have occurred to you and your family. You should be so proud of yourself. Ladies and gentlemen: Rettanya IS the epitome of fortitude, perseverance, determination, pride, desire, class and hard work!

For those of you who missed

For those of you who missed it: the above post by Rettanya is TRUE black pride posted by someone with more class than your average gang member could ever dream of having.
Thank you for your amazing post - even through your suffering you rose above.

This was the best I seen

This was the best I seen yet. Truth n honesty. We don't know real struggle. They don't take advantage of opportunities given to them.

Truly pathetic people

The black community is in pathetic shape--and it's their own doing. When all you want to do is live off welfare, have kids out of wedlock, not work, commit crimes, call everybody else a racist, and march in the streets celebrating a man who was disloyal to his wife and country, and who plagiarized his Ph.D. dissertation--what can you expect? What a sad bunch of people. What a blight on our community.

Dr. Kings dream

I wonder if what is going on the black community nationwide is what Dr.King fought for?

I am willing to bet he never thought Jessie Jackson would be a father to at least 3 secret children.
I also bet he would scold and shame leaders like Sharpton, Farakhan, and the majority of the Democratic Party!
I feel so sorry for the family of this young man that was killed. Sorry for the fact our Black mentors failed you. Sorry for the fact your father probably wasn't around. I am sorry for the fact that I as a black man have failed kids like you.
I promise you this. The way to true change is through actually doing not just talking!

My first true effort is to change the way I am registered to vote. The Democrats wanted to keep us enslaved, they have achieved that. The Republicans are a little better not much though. I will register unaffiliated,and vote for the person with True good values. My straight ticket is gone!!
Our first Black President is an Embarassing event so far!!
Let's quit saying how wonderful these former dead criminal gang members were! That's the first Real Change I would like to see if we can do. I bet not! :(

SMH

Everyone on here judging should be ashamed of themselves. A young man lost his life. And all you can do is come on here and assume his life? I'm not from here but I could tell from the beginning this was a racist town with a lot of small minded people.

Enough with the race card

Ashley,

Take your race card and shove it. The bottom line here is its just another case of ignorant violence resulting in a loss of life. I hope his children go on to get an education and get our of the ghetto so we do not continue to have to pay for more tax burdens and free handouts. I hate what gangs are doing to our community. Gangs are nothing more then organized crime and it should all be illegal to be a part. Every member of EVERY violent gang is GUILTY of conspiracy to commit more crime.

Everyone judges, even you.

You judge that judgmental posters should feel ashamed. You judge that even though you're not from here, you could tell from the beginning (meaning you had very little info), that this is a racist town. You judge that with the cold hard facts defining how Mr. Rouse lived his life, that those facts are just an assumption. You judge that even though you're not from here, that people from here are small minded by using those facts to reach an obvious conclusion.

Most importantly, you judge that it's easier to post your judgement on others than even acknowledge that young black men are failing around here in record numbers. They're failing because their own community (not everyone, but far too many) have done far too little to prevent that.

It so much easier to lash out at others, however illogical, than to acknowledge your own failure. It's taking the easy way out yet once again.

I would judge that that type of thinking will just continue the problem forever.

Judging? Assuming?

Ashley, when family and friends of the deceased paint him as an active gang affiliate, the whole 'assumption' argument goes out the window. And, yes, people ARE judging because there is no positive connotation associated with gangs or the gang lifestyle, nor will there ever be. Fact - gang banger equals THUG; Fact - this is young, black-on-black, male violence; Fact - this isn't a racism problem. Stop making yourself look ignorant by pulling the race card - it's played the eff out. SYH all you damn want.

Not going to stop

This mess isn't going to stop until there is a coordinated effort between government, the judiciary, community leaders and the schools to work to stop making this "gangsta" lifestyle glamorized through music, movies, etc, and an provide a means to give the youth something to aspire to. If images in these poor communities is one of easy money through selling drugs and that dying young is something to aspire to then this is what what we are up against. There must be positive role models demonstrating a good life outside of the gang culture and there must be opportunities for young men and women to reach this. Community programs, alternatives to prison for the young, and opportunities for developing these young minds are essential to get this cycle of violence to end.

It is so easy for those outside of this culture to write this off as a "black community problem" or a "gang problem." This is everyone's problem. Who do you think will be taking care of this man's children? What is being said outside of wilmington about our city? That it has a crime problem. Do you think that brings in jobs? No! So if you are against helping this needed population even though we are all human and have inalienable human rights, then maybe something a little more selfish like preserving your property values might speak to you. Whatever it takes to get our entire community together to rid this whole community problem...

If the property values fall

If the property values fall far enough maybe it will make a good Nuclear Waste dump.

3 kids?

18 and 3 kids?? WHAT? Have these people never heard of birth control? 3 more welfare sucking kids and mothers for us tax payers to support. Disgusting how they have zero morals and zero planning, just flying by the seat of their pants off our tax money. Makes me SICK !!!!!

Ur ignorant wtf do welfare

Ur ignorant wtf do welfare have to do with the fact that somebody lost a child n a father. N how do u know that the mother/mothers of these kids get welfare. She might work. Ijs further more the ppl of this city need to be worried about a salution to this problem instead of worrying about fixing up the down town area n put in some work with out inner city youth. Create some programs to get these father less welfare recipient children off the street n show them something better than what they see everyday. He was only a product of his environment. N that finger y'all pointing looking for somebody to blame look at the other 3 fingers pointing back at u for not offering this child some guidance during his school days.

Ouch

You really shouldn't ever call anybody ignorant.

Contradiction much?!?

Ra, you blame this on him being a product of his environment. You blame this on people not giving him guidance on the way up. What does that say about how he was raised? Are you pointing the same finger at his immediate family for failing this child, for failing to teach him about birth control, or failing to instill morals? Or, is it pointing just at the community and lack of more "programs"? Or, maybe you're just pointing it at those posters who reference welfare? WHO exactly failed this child? You're kind of all over the place with your thoughts.

The problem nowadays is people expect teachers or TV to raise their kids and they raise them with no morals or sense of right from wrong. There's NO such thing as personal accountability anymore. The "victim of my circumstances" or "I'm a victim and product of society" or "I wasn't raised any better" arguments are tired, old and played out. Crying victim gets you no where but caught inside your own prison. But, I suppose it's much easier to cry "victim" than it is to actually take personal responsibility for one's own damn life and choices. Everyone in the USA is afforded the same opportunities in life. No one is denied an eduction. Everyone has the ability to be a successful member of society. Some people chose not to embrace those opportunities and fail to grasp them because, hell, who doesn't want free $h!t! I'm not responsible for their failure to take advantage of those opportunities, but, I'm sure responsible for paying their existence expenses!!!! Those of us who navigated the correct life path are sick and tired of hearing those who didn't care to, or even try to, cry victim and racism. No. Just no! Stop it!

There's no possible way an 18 year old with 2 kids and one on the way is getting by without assistance, unless it was through ill begotten means. Likewise, there's about zero chance the mother(s) of these children (who most likely didn't finish school, or get any form of higher education) make a decent enough wage to get by without assistance in some way, shape or form.

To all of you who have never been told and who need someone to tell you this - stay in school, get an education, write and speak like you have some sense, keep your legs closed or your johnson in your pants and DO SOMETHING GOOD AND PRODUCTIVE WITH YOUR LIVES.

Before "U" go calling ignorant...

....just try to read what you just wrote, I certainly can't. So, here's a plan for you. Stop relying on everyone else to solve your inner city child problems. Don't have any more children than you can house, feed and educate on your own. Keep their daddy's home to PERFORM as a parent. TEACH your children responsibility, accountability and the fact that an education will help break the cycle of poverty rather than teaching them to perpetuate it generation after generation.

Bottom line here is: Do a few things for yourselves for a change and stop relying on others to do them for you. Take charge of your own destiny and stop accepting what is given if you don't feel that's good enough. RAISE your children yourselves and get them an education as they have more opportunities for that than ever. This takes work! So how about snappin' to it and shut up about asking for more and more and generating more useless excuses for yourselves!

There are more white people

There are more white people on welfare than any other race in america it has been proven

Idiot

That would be because there are more white people in America moron. However by percentage there are in fact more BLACK people on welfare. Math doesn't lie, give it a whirl sometime.

Hey jerk ....that's why

Hey jerk ....that's why people still fight for reform. And speak what you know..you don't know his situation.....you looking pretty stupid with ignorant comment of a deceased person...

Kids

"The family says Rouse leaves behind two children. They also say he has another baby on the way."

Yet another problem with that culture. An 18 year old with 2 kids and one on the way. I wonder if they are with the same woman or different ones? What kind of job did he have to support his kids?

disgusting trash!!!

18 years old, 2 kids and one on the way!!! A great father I'm sure... Wonder why he wasn't at work supporting his kids??? Three more "on the dole" like millions of others...gimme gimme gimme...Dr King would be ashamed of this type trash!!!

Look at the bright side. He

Look at the bright side. He won't break in to any more places and he will not father any more kids that probably are sucking the welfare system dry.

There is no bright side

All you can think of is tax dollars? A teen lost his life.

wicked and hell filled

your triflin and wicked, at the end of the day his two kids lost a father

And Wilmington's taxpayers

And Wilmington's taxpayers lost a parasite.

Judgie McJudgerton

A person states their opinion and THEY'RE the person who is called wicked and hell filled?! Not the guy who gunned down this thug? Not the thug himself for being a thug? Yes, these children lost a father. As sad as it may be, I doubt they lost much of a DAD. He was 18, ill-equipped, and, with zero capability mentally, emotionally, economically, educationally, and apparently, socially, to be a DAD. He too busy thuggin', building his rep and street cred to be doing anything positive for those kids' upbringing. Like it or not, those are facts and the truth hurts.

He's 18

leaves behind 2 children; and another was on the way.

All before the age of 19.

Before the age of 18, he had convictions for breaking and entering as well as assaulting an officer.

And he was back on the street??

Where was his probation officer?

Where's the voice of outrage from the DA with a new pledge to stop violent crime?

Where's the NAACP with its voice of outrage?

And his brother, with whom he does not share the same last name, does not know how to react.

And they wonder why there is a problem.

He was a Blood; and now his runs in the street.

"they say the gunman was

"they say the gunman was also a Blood"??? WHY isn't he in custody yet then? And the only thing any family member has said is the killer "should be ashamed"? He feels no shame. Not in gang mentality. He's a friggin hero to his gang now.
But keep hiding information. If you care the least little bit about your "loved one" you won't be silent. Regardless of what this kid was dumb enough to get himself into, no one had the right to take his life.

Sorry for the family's loss.. but..

Shawty wanna be a thug. Want to be gangsta? You die like a gansta, AND, at the hands of your own clique.

You nor the next person

You nor the next person knows what happened...was you there???? If so please do go to the station and give a statement.....until then shut up...because like the rest you are making assumptions what you HEARD...at the end of the day it doesn't matter the cause of death...his history a young man was taken from his family and friends...have some respect for the mourning family.......THIS IS FAMILY POSTING...THANK U