Jaqualah Banks was charged yesterday with the murder of Daryon Walker outside Snipes Academy, but her record began long before that, despite the fact she's only a teenager. Banks is 19-years-old from Newark, New Jersey. People we spoke with say she was staying at the Houston Moore housing development, and that's where her local run-ins started. Jaqualah Shonsa Banks is being held in New Hanover County Jail without bond. She is facing charges for a shooting incident at the Houston Moore development, a hold-up at Hardees, and now the murder of 19-year-old Daryon Walker. Police said the young woman is facing a tough prosecution. Sheriff deputies asked Jaqualah Banks if she wanted to interview with us. She agreed, but when they brought her up to intake, and we asked her if she knew Daryon Walker, she declined. Walker's body was found in November, outside Snipes Academy. Before that incident, police believe Banks was involved in the shooting of an 18-year-old man outside Houston Moore. Police said she sold him drugs, then robbed him, then shot him in the head. People in the community were talking about all three incidents, but not to police. Wilmington police chief Ralph Evangelous said, "We can hear the speculation, we can hear the rumors, but we have to deal with facts." Police also charged Juan Bethea of Wilmington with Daryon Walker's murder. Both are being held without bond at New Hanover County Jail.
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