Police said 15-year-old Brian Tyrik Freeman was shot in the 700 block of East Highland Ave. in Rocky Mount.
ROCKY MOUNT, N.C. -
The murder of a 15-year-old on a Rocky Mount street corner
over the weekend is sending a chill through kids his age in the community.
Outreach workers say teens are frightened by what
appears to have been a gang-related drive-by shooting early Saturday morning.
Police said 15-year-old Brian Tyrik Freeman was found in the
700 block of East Highland Ave. at 12:06 a.m. Saturday. The teen was pronounced
dead on scene from what investigators said a gunshot wound sustained during a
drive-by shooting while he walked down the street.
"I heard about six or seven shots and came
outside," recalled neighbor Ernest Harrison. "When I did, I saw him lying
there. I went in the house to call an ambulance, and when I came back out he
wasn't moving anymore. He was dead."
In the neighborhood where Freeman was killed, there are
whispers of gang activity in connection with the shooting.
The gangs and outreach workers like those at the Boys and
Girls Club are battling for the attention of same teens. The organization is
trying to pull as many teens as possible away from the gangs who they say are
recruiting younger and younger kids.
"They're recruiting very early now -- going into the
middle schools and getting a lot of these young kids," explained Ron Green
with the Boys and Girls Club and Nash and Edgecombe Counties.
Green said the kids who are coming to the Boys and Girls
Club are affected by Freeman's murder because his death is hitting home.
"Some are really afraid right now," Green said.
"Not afraid of retaliation, but afraid they won't get the chance to grow
up and be what they want to be in life."
In the battle for the hearts and minds of these teens, outreach
workers hope they have the right strategy.
"We give them everything that the gangs are trying to
give them -- a sense of belonging, a sense of usefulness, a sense of power,
influence and competency," Green said.
Police said they are continuing to pursue leads in the case
but haven't made any arrests.
Saturday, April 12 2014 6:07 AM EDT2014-04-12 10:07:09 GMT
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