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Fifth person arrested in Marshall murder, all teenagers

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WILMINGTON -- There's been a fifth arrest in the murder of Robert Marshall Jr. All five suspects are teenagers. Police say all are from the same Wilmington neighborhood. One suspect was also a former Hoggard High School football player. That makes three Hoggard student athletes in trouble with the law in six months. Two Hoggard High football players face felony drug charges: one arrested in October, the other in January. Now a former football player faces conspiracy charges in connection with a March 5 murder. The most recent arrest of Tevin Demetrious McIntyre makes five suspects now charged with the murder of Marshall in the 1300 block of Marstellar Street. Police say robbery was the motive. Former Hoggard High School football player Atoine Alston is charged with conspiracy to commit robbery. New Hanover County Athletic Director Joe Miller said, "Yeah, it's a concern. It's a concern in our society. It's a concern in our educational system and some of the things we're trying to help these kids do to be good citizens." It was October when Hoggard football star Rashad Williams was arrested on drug charges. Then in January his replacement, 16-year-old Shawn Sidbury got in trouble with the law on similar charges. These cases prompted New Hanover County schools to re-evaluate its student-athlete code of conduct. Miller said, "Why it happens I don't know. Why does a lot of things happen, but it's something that you have to work and strive to make kids better, do better and do the right thing." It's still under review but the code of conduct will include a higher standard, including signing an agreement to stay out of trouble and maintain a certain grade point average parents will also have to sign. Both Miller and the Wilmington detective handling the case say that's where the biggest difference can be made, especially when all five suspects in the murder of Marshall were teens. WPD Det. D.T. Moore said, "I think that would cut down on our murders too, if parents would get involved in their kids' lives." Det. Moore says the murder may have been gang related, and all five suspects live within four blocks of each other in downtown Wilmington. Moore said, "We're fairly certain that we have everybody involved in jail and there's not likely another arrest." In terms of New Hanover County schools requirements for student athletes, they are required to maintain a C average, which is higher than the state requirement for student athletes. And as for the suspects in custody connected to the murder of Marshall, police say a major break in the case led them to the five teens. Although they would not confirm what that break was Moore says physical evidence and talk on the street were crucial.

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Stand Together

I'm not sure what being on a sports team or the way someone's hair looks, like prior stated has anything to do with the fact that these kids killed someone. Shot my friend, someone's son, brother, uncle, and cousin, let him drive away without trying to get him help, and then walked around for almost a month showing no remorse for what they did. The justice system might fail Lil Rob but it should not fail him without a fight. If you were one of the many people who attanded this child's funeral you could see how many lives he blessed with his love, kindness, respect, and smile. The things he gave us should not be forgotten but help us to make his voice heard though us. Stand up and let your voice be heard and make these people accountable for what they did. I watched his mother leave that church telling others everything would be okay, comforting others when she lost her son. That is the type of mother he had and he followed her strenghth and kindness. We owe Lil Rob every fight we can give to see justice is served. RIP Lil Rob! Gone but NEVER Forgotten

It discourages me how the

It discourages me how the media tries to make it a school sports issue. Athletes are held to high standards in our school system but coaches and sports are not the problem. The problem comes from home and society. As teachers, we try to educate students on what is right and wrong but when they are not with us, they have free will to choose what they want to do. Of course we try to influence these individuals to make sound choices, but we can't save every child. The real issue here isn't about these boys being football players or former football players, it's about the choices these young males are making. It is costing some of them careers and has taken the life of another person. We can't blame sports for drugs or murder. As educators, we need to get to the root of the problem which is what is going on at home? Counselors need to provide programs for awareness to encourage students. Lastly, African American males need to be encouraged constantly and reminded that there is hope for them beyond the streets.

gun violence is out of control

I am glad these guys have been caught it means a little bit of closer for some of us and hopefully for Rob's family. Unfortunately I think we all know that the justice system will probably fail poor Rob. But i firmly believe in Karma. So if the justice system doesn't take care of them someone will! RIP Rob you will be forever missed!

killers

I do not see what some of the latest criminals being football players has to do with anything. As we see in the news professional sports figures get into trouble as well. Obviously these guys were never going to be more than losers. All teenagers go to high school, some play sports...not a big coincidence is it? Sports is a fantasy career for a lot of these kids and they have as much chance playing in the pros as winning the lottery. They need to concentrate on education not sports. They also need strong parental figures which are greatly lacking in todays society. Raising a decent polite member of society should be a parents main concern. I am sure the argument will arise that these boys were from poor, underprivileged homes....blahblahblah. A lot of other kids are as well and they make decent lives for themselves and do not feel the need to take lives in the process. These boys are where they belong and where they were groomed to be from birth....jail.

Sad state of our Society

I wonder, how many of these criminals had a father and a mother at home(together) that loved them? The truth is...they really had no one teaching them right from wrong! Now, they will go into our system for many, many years and we will all foot the bill for lazy, uneducated, ignorant and uninterested parents that DID NOT do their job raising their own children!

Teen killers

THIS IS NOT A SCHOOL PROBLEM THIS IS A NEW HANOVER PROBLEM. EVERYONE WANTS TO POINT TO THE SCHOOL HOGGARD. WHY DON'T YOU POINT TO THE PROBLEM. INSTEAD OF BUILDING JAILS BUILD SOME CENTERS. WHEN WE WERE COMING UP THE 8TH STREET CENTER HELPED. MURPHY WAS A FATHER TO US ALL. RESPECT WAS EARNED. FOCUS ON THE KIDS AND NOT SO MUCH DRUG DEALERS. BECAUSE IF WE FOCUS ON THE KIDS THE DRUG DEALERS WONT BE OUT THERE LIKE THEY ARE BECAUSE THE KIDS WILL BE FOCUS. LETS ADDRESS THE REAL PROBLEM LIKE RONALD HEWITT NEED I SAY MORE. WHAT KIND OF PEOPLE DO THEY HIRE. HE IS WORST THEN ANY DRUG DEALER TO ME BECAUSE HE'S A THUG WITH A POLICE GUN.THINK ABOUT THAT. PEACE AND BLESSING

FOOTBALL PLAYER

There they go again. EVERY TIME a student or young person is caught or convicted of a crime they have to plaster on the news that he was a FOOTBALL player!!!!!!! SO WHAT!!!!!!!! IF he is guilty of this crime he is no better than any other criminal out there, even though he did play football. OH, they are required to make a C in school. Big deal! OH, they are suppose to represent the school and they should always be at their best behavior. Yeah, right! How many times have you ever heard the media say "he was head of the debating team", "she had a 4.0 grade average","he was first chair trumpet player in the high school band", "she had perfect attendance"? Hardly ever, but you let a student get caught for doing something wrong, and almost the first thing they spew is he was a football player, she was a softball player, she played tennis, WHATEVER, as long as it was a sport. Seems to me atheletics are the most important activity or should I say "class", that a student can do in school. What happened to acedemics? Oh, I forgot, they didn't mention they hace to earn at least a C, and that even includes extra tutoring and grade curves. WOW, did I just let out the little known secret of these extras that other students are rarely offered? I'm so sorry guys. Please, don't write back and lie and say it doesn't happen, it was happening over 30 years ago when I was a basketball and football player, and it still happens now. What about extra free lunches, and maybe a new pair of sneakers now and then, does that ring any bells to any readers? It's too bad every student isn't treated the same way as atheletes. They have a good reason to believe they are better than anyone else, above the law and are entitled to everything they want, their parents, teachers, coaches, and even the media and fans give them that right. But hey, this is only "my" opinion. If these kids did this, they should end up with the same punishment the one they killed received, no matter how young they are. NO? Their victim was too young to die, but he got death, why not them? Because they were a football player? Yeah right!

GLAD THEY ARE CAUGHT

WHO REALLY CARES ABOUT THEIR HAIRSTYLES? I AM SO THANKFUL THAT THESE PEOPLE ARE OFF THE STREETS FOR WHAT THEY DID TO ONE OF THE MOST LOVING YOUNG BOYS I KNOW. AFTER HEARING A LITTLE ABOUT HOW THEY SHOT HIM, IT SADDENS ME TO KNOW THAT HE TRIED TO GET AWAY AND GET HELP AND COULDN'T. I ONLY HOPE THAT THESE BOYS PAY DEEPLY BECAUSE THEY TOOK A VERY SPECIAL PERSON FROM ALL OF US. RIP LIL ROB!

Pay deeply?

You KNOW that's not going to happen. They'll go away for a few years, then be back on the street to do it again. That's the nature of our thoroughly broken criminal (non)justice system.

they all look like

they all look like upstanding pillars of society to me

The real crime is allowing

The real crime is allowing your hair to look like this! Will they have a barber in jail?

Lemme guess....

This is the "bad hair gang," right? What in the world makes these young guys thing that wild rat's nest look is attractive????

HAIR SO WHAT

My son is 11yrs. old, He has dreads they are clean and neat.He also is being raised by his Mother and Step-Father and He has manners and is in no way a bad child. I do not believe that a certain type of hairstyle will make a person be a murder and for people to believe that it is wrong. My son wants dreads b/c bullies at school picked at him for having a small head so lets not judge people. What happened was senseless and GOD BLESS ALL THAT ARE INVOVLED.

Thank You

I am so glad they have caught these guys that committed this crime on Rob. I hope they all rot in jail.