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DOWNTOWN VIOLENCE: Both Rhino and Rox closed this weekend; Rox closing for good in September

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) - For the first time in a long time, two of Downtown Wilmington's busiest bars are closed this weekend.

Tuesday, the State Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission yanked The Rhino Club's alcohol permit, which all but shut the bar down. The action happened one day after a 19-year-old gang leader was stabbed and killed after leaving the club.

Now, Rox owner Paul Ponte tells a local newspaper that he's closing his bar across the street this weekend out of concern that there could be follow up violence and retaliation for last weekend's stabbings.

Ponte also says he'll close Rox for good when the lease is up in September, stating, "He doesn't want anymore fighting and drama and that he is trying to do the right thing".

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