Police have arrested four more suspects in the shooting death of a 7-year-old boy in Wilson County. In response to the boy's death, community members held a rally on Wednesday to discuss violence prevention in Eastern Carolina.
The Wilson Police Department said officers arrested 19-year-old Donnell V. Hill, 18-year-old Anfernee D. Knight, 22-year-old Kenneth T. Vinson, and 22-year-old Demetrius D. Spells on Tuesday.
The four suspects --all Wilson residents-- are each charged with first-degree murder in the shooting death of 7-year-old Kamari Jones, police said.
According to investigators, Kamari was inside a home on the 400 block of Parkview Street on July 23 when shots were fired into the home.
The 7-year-old was taken to Vidant Medical Center in Greenville, where he died, said police.
All four suspects arrested Tuesday received no bond.
Officers had previously arrested 24-year-old Montavius S. Davis and also charged him with first-degree murder in Kamari's death.
Police have not explained a possible motive.
The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information is asked to call the Wilson Police Department at 252-399-2323 or Crime Stoppers at 252-243-2255.
On Wednesday, community members held a discussion at the Wilson Spot at 910 Tarboro St. in response to Kamari's death. About 75 people showed up to talk about ways to stop the violence in Wilson and across Eastern Carolina.
Pastors, city leaders, parents and law enforcement were in attendance. The event was led by Pastor Freddie Williams.
Some suggestions made at the meeting to stop future violence in Eastern Carolina include:
- Creating more youth enrichment programs.
- Having adults talk with kids about the dangers of gun violence.
- Making sure parents are more involved and knowledgeable about their kids' personal lives.
- Urging communities to speak up and working with law enforcement.