5 people killed, 4 murder investigations to begin 2019


The new year is keeping several law enforcement agencies busy. 

Since January 1st, 5 people have died from gun violence in Eastern North Carolina. 

The latest murder investigation is in Bertie County where deputies say one man was killed at a birthday party. 

When deputies arrived on the scene, they found one victim suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. 

The victim was transported by Bertie EMS and was flown to Greenville where he later died. 

Chelsea J lives in Midway where the killing happened and described the violence. 

“There was a bunch of people standing on the deck,” said J. “They were yelling and one man said ‘I don’t think you can do it’.” 

Moments later, gunshots turning deadly and leaving one man dead. The commotion prompted Chelsea to spring into action to save her 4-month-old daughter. 

“Immediately, I went and grabbed my baby away from the window,” said J. “I was horrified, I mean I was shaking.” 

Elsewhere in the east, violence erupted in Rocky Mount. 

On Saturday evening, two men were shot and killed on Carrol Avenue. Both men were identified as Kestler Rayo Bridges and Torrey Tinell Hill. 

Vanessa Taylor is a Rocky Mount resident. 

“When it hits Rocky Mount, it hits home,” said Taylor. “Everybody knows everybody in the community and everybody is family.” 

Less than 24 hours later, another man was found shot and died just six miles away on Union Street. 

Patricia Hamm was born and raised on Union Street. 

“It’s sad what’s happening to our young people,” said Hamm. 

In Craven County, two brothers were arrested and charged with murder after killing a Vanceboro man. 

Despite the homicides, community members are praying that the violence stops.

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