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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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Oh, Please

As I stated, I'm sorry for your family's loss. No, I won't shut up. His friends and family have ALL stated he was heavily involved in gang life. If that's incorrect, your family needs to speak to all of the television stations reporting this because those stations are, in fact, the ones who made the assumption. I simply made a statement as to where this lifestyle leads.

"Was we there?" No. Because

"Was we there?" No. Because we are decent human beings. Get your crap together, get off the streets, and then you can start earning respect!

Must be family

I am glad that a member of the family is reading this. You need to do a better job raising your family. The rest of us are sick of having to deal with this type of violence and disgusting behavior on our streets. Three children before the age of three. My prayer is that DSS keeps a sharp eye on those babies and gets them into healthy homes before they are five because then maybe they will have a chance at a happy life. Morals are important and this young man was obviously raised with none.

Sad

So, here we are on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, seeing a story about young black men making a mockery of Dr. King's work.

It's easy to see these young "men" are not being judged by the color of their skin, but for their lack of character.

The only gang war should be the public eradicating them from their neighborhoods with whatever means possible.

What if the head of this

What if the head of this gang is the son of a highly respected
Citizen in the area, especially in the black community. Wonder if he will be held accountable
For being a kingpen?

There was no honor with MLK.

There was no honor with MLK. He made a mockery of the civil rights movement.

How very shocking.

How very shocking.