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NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — A Wilmington teen is dead after an overnight shooting. His suspected killer is in jail without bond.

It was an emotional scene for Demarius Kelly and his mother after his first appearance in court Monday morning. Investigators say the 20-year-old shot and killed Harry Eason, 19, Sunday night.

Kelly wiped away tears as he stood before a judge. Hours earlier, it was residents in a normally quiet Ogden neighborhood who were scared.

“I peeked my head out the window, and there are 20 cops on my street chasing a man down,” neighbor Mary Kate Dudley said.

The New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office says a fight broke out between several men on Alamosa Drive late Sunday night. When investigators got to the scene they found Eason dead.

Deputies say Kelly left the scene after the shooting but was arrested early Monday morning.

“I really didn’t expect that at all, especially in this neighborhood,” Dudley said.

Dudley says she did not know what exactly led to the shooting, but one of her neighbors said they were asleep when the fatal shots were fired.

“We talked to them, and they said it was over something silly,” Dudley said.

The StarNews reports the woman who lives at the home said the fight started over a dirt bike kept in the garage and that the suspect and the victim were friends. When we went to the home a woman told us she had no comment.

District Attorney Ben David says kelly will likely face more charges. He also faces several failure to appear charges, according to the New Hanover County Jail website.

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Get real
2015 years 9 months ago

You have got to be kidding me! All this crap talking about this being a tragedy is ridiculous. These idiot5s weren’t just starting to live their lives. They had already thrown their lives away and the families may get out and gnash their teeth but, it is likely they didn’t give much of a crap either. These were both criminals whose only career in life so far was breaking the law.

I am done with the stupid crap about crying for these fools and praying for them and making them out to be angels. You people who keep doing this are nothing but part of the problem. Start holding them responsible and stop holding them up as some sort of heroic figure for comitting crimes and being gang members. You reap what you sow!

Rheba Anne
2015 years 9 months ago

First of all to clear things up Harry was a very respectful young man and I can say that personally , he just so happen to have a certain way of having fun which we (as in younger people) all do. Its a sad case and I really don’t agree with anyone who says he should have he should have been in jail or whatever… I believe he should have been where he was the situation just should have been handled in a different manner. To his mother , my heart goes out to you and your family and I pray you keep your head high and God knows it isn’t going to be easy and please your son will be remembered of his funny ways and miss very much so.

Not the true story
2015 years 9 months ago

According the the ex-girlfriend or current girlfriend of the shooter she made a Facebook post praising god that Harry protected her and that he tried to save her from the shooter and of he wouldn’t have it would have been her leaving last night. I’m a bit confused because wect says they were fighting vow a scooter but she claims to have entered her house to find everything broken and the shooter inside her house. ?????

Guest Reply Redux
2015 years 9 months ago

Cook more Hotdogs at a church.

Guest, Just another
2015 years 9 months ago

Ok, lets clear this up. A respectful young man? Really? When are felons respectful? Thought so.
“He just so happen to have a certain way of having fun”? Really? Well, selling drugs, and hanging with other mutts might be fun, but in no way is it “respectful”, or is in no way good or helpful to society.
Feel bad for his mother, but what about his father? Where is he?

 

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