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Body found at school identified

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Snipes Academy of Arts & Design was closed Wednesday, after police say the school's principal found the victim of an apparent murder at the Dorothy B. Johnson Elementary School where Snipes is operating this school year. The body was identified as 19-year-old Daryon Terrell Walker of Wilmington. Detectives said Walker apparently died of a single gun shot wound. Police said the principal, Allison Ward, found the body in a grassy area next to the school's driveway. New Hanover County Schools said no school buses had arrived at school yet, but when they did they dropped students off at D.C. Virgo Middle School across the street. Those students waited at D.C. Virgo for parents to pick them up. Ward said, "All the departments came together and two school's staffs worked well together so our job is to keep students safe everyday." According to a press release from the school district Wednesday morning, as soon as possible the district began door-to-door bus transportation to take Snipes Academy student home. Students waited in D.C. Virgo's auditorium until their parents could come pick them up. Parents and staff said what could have been both a scary and chaotic situation, was smooth, and safe. If parents were not home, the release said students were kept at D.C. Virgo until a parent/guardian could pick them up. The district said D.C. Virgo is operating on a normal schedule.

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this is SAD!!!

I feel that this is a really sad situation and for hiM to be a sweet as he was i really dont understand why anyone would want to hurt him but i really hope they r founded and justice is server for a really good young man....me being a 19 year old female also makes me not want to take life for granted cause life not promise to anyone no matter what your age is or how sweet of a peron you r...my prayer go out to him mother, father, and family memebers and remember get god any he will help yall get through this horrible experience....GOD BLESS

Daryon

I am a mother to 4 children and couldn't even imagine how it would feel to lose one of them. My thoughts and prayers go out to Daryon's whole family and his friends. I am sure they are going through very tough times right now. I would hope those of you who make a comment on this site would be respectful to their feelings.

DARY0N

DARY0N WAS A REALLY G00D B0Y, i CARED F0R HiM AL0T, AND W0ULD D0 ANYTHiNG F0R HiM.HE WAS S0 SWEET AND HAD THA CUTEST LiL SMiLE ...IMMA MiSS Y0U DEE. i PRAY F0R HiS FAMiLY AND i H0PE THAT WE ALL GET THRU THiS.....

body found at school

I just learned that this was a former employee. I was his manager @ the Burger King in monkey junction. This was very devasting news. I just would like to sayy to the family my thoughts and prayers are with you. Daryon was a very funny person. he loved to make you laugh and he always got his work done. I didn't want him to leave when he left B.K. but he did. he will be greatly missed. I truely understand what the family is going through because i lost my mother to a homicide 11 yrs ago. may god bless his family in this time of loss.

INNOCENT BOY

DARYON WAS A VERY NICE GUY!!ALL THE FUSSIN GOING ON THIS WEBSITE IS NOT NECCESSARY.INSTEAD PEOPLE SHOULD BE PRAYING FOR THE FAMILY.I AM A SENIOR AT NEW HANOVER HIGHSCHOOL (17YRS OLD) AN I SEEN ALOT OF PEOPLE UPSET ABOUT THE SITUATION IN SCHOOL YESTERDAY AND IT IS SO SAD!!I CANT BELIEVE HOW ROUGH LIFE IS GETTING. SOMETIMES I THINK TWICE ABOUT GOING OUTSIDE CAUSE YOU DONT KNOW WHO YOU CAN TRUST THESE DAYS!NOBODY DESERVES TO DIE SO WHATEVER HAPPEND SHOULD NOT HAVE LEAD TO A GUNSHOT BEING FIRED!BUT I PRAY GO LOOKS OVER HIS FAMILY AND I WILL KEEP THEM IN MY PRAYERS. I HOPE YOU REST IN PEACE AND KNOW YOU WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN!YOUR NAME RING BELLS AT NEW HANOVER HIGHSCHOOL AND EVERYONE REMEMBERS YOU AS BEING A SWEET PERSON!!LOVE YA REST IN PEACE.

JTHHS

My prayers go to the family and those who knew Daryon. He was loved by many as a son, brother, cousin, and great friend. I send my condolinses to the Walker and McDonald family. God bless you all.

Missing the point!

No matter what caused the death, we all need to understand their is a hurting mother, father, sister, brother and other family members. It’s a tragedy when any parent loses their child to death. This is not normal. We need to keep the family in our thoughts and prayers. We also need to realize that parents do in fact need to step up their responsibility keeping involved with their children's life. The question for us parents is what and how do we want our children to be like when they grow up. This all goes with what our children wear, what they listen to and the lack of God in their life including normal activities. Lastly, the more sensitivity training we add upon our lives, more so with our children, just illustrates pure mediocrity. If they fail, no big deal, teach them the right way and go on.

so sad

I knew this boy and he never hurt anybody. I know his mom is hurting and so are all of his friends and family. I just hope that all of this killing and stuff can stop and soon because people are loosing their friends and their family and parents are loosing their children.And for what? nothing just because you don't like somebody or you want what they have. it's just not worth it. I don't see the point. I don't see why some one who has their whole life ahead of them looses it because of some ones stupidity.

Igornorance

As usual people will show their ignorance about situations they really don't know anything about. Someone's child was killed people let the family mourn in peace without having to read your comments that are proably doing more harm than good. My prayers go out to the family of this (YOUNG) man. The members of Friendship Baptist Church Greeneville, TN will also be praying too.

I am really SORRY for this

I am really SORRY for this poor kid family. LIFE hasn't even begun for him, but has ened so fast for him. Not only do I fell sorry for his family but, I feel sorry for the people that shot him. One because I bet they are all friends and grew up together. We as parents have got to take back our CHILDREN and RAISE THEM. DONT LET YOUR CHILD COME HOME WITH THINGS THAT YOU HAVENT BROUGHT NOR ALLOW IN YOUR HOME. teach them that material stuff doesnt mean anything. They need to be home at a decent hour, monitor your children. THEY ARE YOUR RESPONSIBLITY not THE STREETS. Once agin my HEART goes out to the families involved. If you all know who did this then PLEASE turn them in before they become a number as well. Parents I am sure that you would rather see your child in prison verses visiting a peice of hollow grass.(graveyard.) Better yet tell your children to GET A JOB!!!!!!

Bless this child

May the child rest in peace and we turn our spirit towards helping other children escape the same fate....We need to support local programs that focus on helping children after they leave school such as the Community Boys and Girls Club, where my children attend, so that they realize the opportunities they have in our great country......

senesless killing in our city

To many of our young men are dieing of senseless crimes that are being committed in the port city. We as a community should come together and stop the madness. We as parents & young single mothers should be more invole more proactive and help our young to see that there is more to life than fighting over colors, and southside, eastside,northside of town. Because in the end another mother has lost her son to a crime that goes unsolved, and another son goes to jail for something that could have been evoled if we as parents become more proactive to gang voilence. I will pray for the family that has lost a son today. A senesless killing.

You make

some very valid points; points which I have made repeatedly on other articles. These issues will never cease until parents accept responsibility and accountability for the actions of their children. Matters not whether the child is 12 or 19. If he or she is your child, you have a responsibility, and moral obligation, to guide them in life and you start by setting a rational example. Would any parent stand by while their child plays Russian Roulette with a loaded pistol? Certainly not. Why do parents not question where their children are in the early morning hours? When a child comes in with more money on him than his hard working parents earn in a week, why do they not question him? You mention young single mothers. Why are there so many? Why do so many have more than one child with absentee or unknown Fathers? You are quite right; it is time for parents to be proactive rather than reactive in the lives of their children. Be involved in their school. Be involved in their neighborhood activities. Know where they are and with whom they hang out. That's called being a good parent. This young man can not be brought back. Perhaps Parents can use his death as a life lesson for their children. In doing that perhaps they can bring some sense of relief to the parents and family of the victim.

SINGLE PARENTS

THIS CHILD WAS NOT BEING RAISED BY A SINGLE PARENT. HE LIVED IN A 2 WORKING PARENT HOME AND WORKED AT THE SAME PLACE HIS PARENTS,AUNT & UNCLE DO. JUST BECAUSE A YOUNG BLACK PERSON GET SHOT DO NOT MEAN THEY WERE DOING ANYTHING WRONG. WAS MARTIN LUTHER KING RAISED WRONG? A WHITE MAN SHOT HIM. THE VCTIM IS NOT AT FAUT BECAUSE THEY WERE KILLED, THE FAMILY IS GRIEVING NOW NEGATIVE COMMENTS SHOULD BE KEPT TO THEMSELVES, SUPPORT AND HELP OTHERS TO PREVENT THE SITUATION.

Tweety

what was the point of your post? Mine dealt with parents being more active in their children's lives. Mine dealt with parents acting as responsible role models for their children regardless of age. Mine made no reference to the young man or his family. What was your point?

Well-handled

As a child psychologist in Wilmington, I have to say that I feel that this startling situation was handled well by the staff at Snipes. Some of the children I see in my practice attend this school, and I am glad for the sake of those children and others who attend the school that they were not permitted to see the body (as one other post had suggested) and that they were sent home in as orderly a fashion as possible. No matter how strongly we feel about the possible cause of the situation or what "learning experiences" could have stemmed from it, we have to remember that our children spend half of their waking hours five days per week in their schools. Part of school success is feeling safe in the environment. Children (and we are talking about elementary school age children here) would not feel safe if shown a body on their school grounds, and this would only serve to cause anxiety rather than to teach a lesson. I applaud Snipes for taking the appropriate steps necessary to protect the children from having to witness such an event.

A learning experience denied

The Snipes students should have been marched past single file to see the body right where it lie. It might have left a life-long impression and helped them avoid drugs, alcohol, and crime. I know that I had an entirely new view on drugs when my addicted friend was killed by a dealer he tried to rip off.

Lining up Students

Lining preschoolers up to view a dead body lying on the school lawn would certainly make an impression. I can whole heartly say with absolute certainty say it would be the WRONG impression. Preschoolers and kids are bombarded with scenes of death and violence every day. They should get the message at home that violence is not the answer however in this day and age of ABSENTEE PARENTISM this is not the case.

Why? Why should innocent

Why? Why should innocent children be subjected to such an crime scene. They were where they were supposed to have been. And if that would have taken placed imagine what would have been sayed then. Think. We have graveyards all over Wilmington. Death is displayed in fashion. Your thinking is tacky. Hope you don't have children to leave a life-long impression upon.

re: your comment

You have got to be the most crude, ignorant person! Maybe you or your family member will experience such a tragedy and have the honor of walking children past a human "example" of alleged drug dealing. The victim of this crime is no different than the victim of any other horrendous crime, these circumstances should never cloud your selective sense of compassion for another human being.

Snipes

It is no surprise to me that the staff at Snipes reacted so quickly and efficiently. My son attends Snipes and we really love the school. I want it known that at no time have I ever worried about the safety of my 6 year old. The staff at Snipes is dedicated and wonderful. Thank you for continuing your hard work and keeping our children safe. Stephanie M.

Nice

Steph- Should I say it anymore clearer than this; YOU ROCK! Not many people are as concerned about the goings on in their kids lives as you are. Correct me if I am wrong but did you not say that Riley heard people.....I will ask you in person when we have some personal one-on-one time. I have made plans for our next visit when I come back to Wilmington. You know the Harris Teeter store directly across the street from Hoggard? There is a place there called Monkey Joe's and I think that would be a nice place for us to visit in. Love You as my dearest friend! Alan Monteath

Snipes

I, too, am a parent of a student of Snipes. I would like to applaud Principal Ward for her clarity in handling a tragic situation. She remained focused on the children of our school. Take a listen to the 911 call. I am glad that our children did not have to endure additional confusion or distress from the circumstance. I am thankful for her leadership. I am glad this happened at a school. Otherwise it would have been another insignificant crime in downtown. After being turned away from morning drop off, I googled local news to see if any information had been released. This morning at 7:30 am before the word had leaked across town, the 2 biggest local stories where "Gun Sales in Wilmington Increased" & "Unsolved Wilmington Murders". How ironic. My heart and prayers go out to that boy who was killed and his family. Wilmington, this is OUR child who was killed. Do not let geographical or social demographics determine where your concerns lie. We need to make sure that we create a community that is safe for all of our children.

Snipes

Stephanie... I have a daughter who teaches at this school and had the privilege of spending 3 days with her at the school and very much agree with you. The staff seem so nice and you could tell how very dedicated they are to all the students at Snipes. You should all be commended for the wonderful job you did this morning in such a terrible situation.

Tragedies in Wilmington

its very un-rare for any one to walk up on a dead body. i think that'z the scariest thing in life is to do. i loolm up @ the sky and think to myself what a beautiful day. but i think it'z about gangs & drugs get it off the streets and we will be betta. but i pay my trspect to the one the port lost and my he rest in peace.

its not about drugs or gangs

its not about drugs or gangs in this incident its about an very respectful 19 yr old who has never been in trouble with the law and just graduated from school played sports and worked very hard didnt bother anyone and it took an troubled person to take his life cause they were to lazy and didnt want to go out there and do the same thing now a mother and father is out morning over there child and i prayed that they can hold up and understand that no matter what they raised a wonderful child who was very much so a leader to his friends and family and yes i no him and i miss him very much but i no he is in a better palce and he has his wings spread out comforting his family and friends and regaurdless to what anyone say it wasnt a gang or drug thing it was i made my money the legal way thing and someone tried or did take that away from me thing. i wont the mother and father to know my family loves them very much and may god bless them.

AMEN

AMEN MEM!!!

Note to BiGga.Velle - Stop wasting our time with YOUR comments

Our lurker BiGga.Velle here is a prime example of one of the biggest issues our society has these days. Education, or lack thereof, evidenced by the post. Please people, stay in school long enough to make a difference for you and me...

shaking my head

That is all I can do after reading that, is shake my head, I understand why Hussein Obama got elected.

My prayers are with the

My prayers are with the family and my heart goes out to them. Im a mother aswell and cant imagine the loss of a child. No one should have to deal with that regardless of the reason. Its sad whether its a tragic car accident or a senseless murder and why ignorant people would post their idiotic comments is beyond me. Let this family have some peace it makes no difference where he lived or what race he was. He was someones child and a human being. Its unbelievable the assumptions that were made and even worse is the people who think they are doing something good by posting them. Its unfortunate that we cant come together as a community in a time like this because its getting worse every day. May God Bless You.