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Another suspect arrested in Kroger lot slaying

Saturday, March 8, 2014 9:00 PM
Last updated Sunday, March 9, 2014 9:34 PM
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Police have arrested another man in Thursday’s fatal shooting in a Kroger parking lot. One more suspect is being sought.

Aquil Jazuez Ferrell, 18, has been charged with misdemeanor affray, according to Richmond County jail records.

The Richmond County Sheriff’s Office is still seeking Napoleon J. Moss Jr., 19, of Augusta, on a charge of misdemeanor affray, Sgt. Monica Belser said Saturday.

Montravious Deshawn McNair, of Covington, Ga., was fatally shot Thursday night outside the store at 3128 Deans Bridge Road.

Dequan Blake, 18, was charged Fri­day with felony murder and misdemeanor affray, the sheriff’s office said.

Also charged with misdemeanor affray were Elevonte J. Cooper, 19; Cordarius C. Ayers, 19; Daushun J. Ellis, 19; Jaques R. Woodard, 19, and Tydavius Z. Bradley, 19.

Karl M. Kelly, 18, who was shot in the hand during the altercation, will be charged with misdemeanor affray after his release from Georgia Regents Medical Center.

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rational thought trumps emotion
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rational thought trumps emotion 03/09/14 - 01:31 am
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No Respect

All of these young people have NO respect for their own self much less others, family, friends and certainly not for authority or the laws of society. Past charges, current charges, hanging out looking for trouble at 12am are all just a part of their daily lives. It starts in our failing homes, gets worse in our troubled schools and festers into all parts of society.

Of course their family on the news wishes to paint some dream land TV show of who they think they are; reality tells a completely different story.

Until parents, friends, churches and the community step up as a whole and people start respecting their own self and others while at home, in school, in public, etc. nothing is going to change for the better.

Parents are FAILING MISERABLY at doing their jobs either by doing nothing or trying to be their child's friend instead of their parent.

Schools are failing at educating our youth; barely 50% graduate HS in RC even though we spend well over $100,000 per pupil to get them into High School. Schools need to focus on EDUCATION, RESPECT and DISCIPLINE in the classroom, in the hallways, in the lunchroom and on the athletic fields. Administrators need to back up the teachers doing their jobs well and hold the other so called teachers accountable for their actions or lack thereof.

The Sheriff's Office (which did a great job at quickly identifying and arresting this many people) can only do so much, our courts are overwhelmed and our jails and prisons are overcrowded. Even when the judicial system works well, we should be doing far more before it is needed.

Those who chose the life of violent crime (murder, aggravated assault, child molestation, rape, etc.) should be permanently removed from our society quickly and swiftly no matter how "good of a child" their parents think they were. It should be made very clear, intentionally commit a violent crime and lose your right to be a part of our society for the rest of your life.

We MUST focus on reducing violent crime as well as the root causes. We need to improve our family values which would improve if our government would stop enabling persons to have children by paying for everything for them from cell phones to transportation to medical to food to housing; if you can't afford a child, you should not have one. We MUST do more to reach those who need help before they are violent or commit felonies because once they cross that line, most are a lost cause, some may change but most don't and unfortunately, when you can only save so many, you need to cut your losses and work on those not in gangs whom have never committed a violent crime to keep them from the life of crime.

Families, Church and Education are the 3 primary needs of our youth than can change what is going on in our society but parents don't have a clue where their kids are or what they are doing, churches are more interested in large congregations and donations vs. tackling the real problems and our public education system is failing our youth on many levels.

Although I don't believe money cures all problems, I think that spending $8,000.00 a year to educate a public school student in GA vs. $40,000.00 to incarcerate them is absurd. Violent criminals should be afforded basic health care, minimal caloric intake and a small cell at the least expense possible to the state in an effort to re-direct all funding to saving our youth to the best of our ability.

jimmymac
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jimmymac 03/09/14 - 09:24 am
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RATIONAL
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You've made an excellent comment on the current failings causing problems with todays black youth. It's too bad the race baiters like Sharpton and Jackson refuse to put the blame on anything but the "man". Until black parents, ministers and organizations come to grips with the troubling out of wedlock birth statistics crime will only get worse. Kids having kids lead to a lifetime of poverty and dependence.

KSL
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KSL 03/09/14 - 09:35 am
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By the time they hit 20, some

By the time they hit 20, some are too far gone to be saved. Sad.

dichotomy
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dichotomy 03/09/14 - 11:41 am
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"By the time they hit 20,

"By the time they hit 20, some are too far gone to be saved."

That was 10 or 15 years ago. Now they are too far gone by 13 or 14. We have eliminated discipline, we have encouraged entitlement, we have abdicated control in our schools, and we have eliminated the "punishment" aspect of our courts and our prisons. Heck, we've even deemed some "crimes", such as shoplifting, not even worth prosecuting. We have arrived at where the "progressives" have been leading us since the 60's. The brew is now in the fermentation stage. Rent the move Escape From New York to taste the final product.

countyman
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countyman 03/09/14 - 12:11 pm
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The Richmond County

The Richmond County graduation rate is closer to 60% and not barely 50%... The RCBOE should be working on reaching the 70-75% goal over the next few years, but many peer cities are in the range of Richmond County. The graduation rate of RC has increased faster than many nearby counties including Columbia since 2011.

Why is the sky always falling in Richmond County? There's plenty of things to fix, but many positives things are still happening daily..

rational thought trumps emotion
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rational thought trumps emotion 03/09/14 - 01:08 pm
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Countyman

1st, I LOVE Richmond County and want nothing but the best for our area.

2nd, when you include the drop out rates prior to graduation, etc. we barely graduate 50% but even if you were right and we graduate 60%, what do you think is happening with the other 1,000+ kids per year in the 40% bracket that don't even graduate High School?

You may think 60% is acceptable but that isn't even a passing grade in High School unless of course our public school system has dumbed that down as well.

The sky may not be falling but even an optimist such as yourself, which I appreciate, needs to wake up to reality and if we don't do something to improve the family unit, improve our school system, and change our enabling government people will not have respect for anything or anyone which is a large part of our current problem with society as a whole.

Stunned 2
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Stunned 2 03/09/14 - 05:49 pm
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It would be interesting to compare Columbia County's SectionVIII

Housing growth to the decline in Columbia County's School Stat.s.
I've heard (from Education Professionals) that IT is directly related.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 03/09/14 - 06:33 pm
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Name

Do you remember when Johnny Cash sang a song that included the lyric, “It’s that name that helped make you strong!” ?

Well, I submit that it is these names that helped make these young men weak:

Aquil
Jazuez
Montravious
Deshawn
Dequan
Elvonte
Cordarius
Daushun
Tydavius

The mothers of these boys need to get back to the basics and start naming them Bob, John, Mel, Dick, Bill, Joe, Tom and other historical boys’ names in the English language.

GnipGnop
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GnipGnop 03/09/14 - 07:16 pm
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Graduation rate..

High schools: Butler, Josey, Laney, Westside, Glenn Hills, ARC, Crosscreek and even if don't include Hephzibah...let's say each average about 700 students.... Do the math. 7X700= 4900 students. Of those students 43% will not graduate. That's 2100 students...3 schools worth of students....you think anyone can brag on that????

Stunned 2
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Stunned 2 03/09/14 - 07:19 pm
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Their names are uniquely identifying.

I appreciate their mothers giving those boys their uniquely identifying names.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 03/10/14 - 07:48 am
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Unique

Well, I guess the odd names will help them be identifiable in prison.

Stunned 2
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Stunned 2 03/10/14 - 11:24 am
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Richmond County is providing free lunches to ALL students now.

What kind of moral compass does that provide any Richmond County student? It does not teach children personal responsibility. Teachers do what they can - with the kids that are sent to them. Many teachers, in Columbia County, have so many students that are sent to school medicated or given some diagnosis - that consumes so much of the teachers time - (documentation)...and, parents still complain about the quality of education that is being given. Hey, produce quality kids! Don't party hard and expect the public education system to 'fix' your kid. Send them to school ready to be taught!

Marinerman1
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Marinerman1 03/10/14 - 01:00 pm
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Respect Is The Start

As 'rational' said, respect is the start. Respect and morals are supposed to be taught @ home. Sadly in the 'entitlement generation' we are now in, it is not even discussed, much less taught. As the husband of a teacher, I shudder each day, afraid that a student in school will meltdown. Teachers are there to teach. They are not there to babysit, or take the place of Mom and Dad to raise their child. Parents must be involved with their children. Make sure the homework gets done. Help them if they need help. Get involved with the school. You had the "enjoyment", and did not have birth control aboard, so it is now time to "adult up" and take the responsibility. I know this sounds harsh, but unfortunately it is the sad truth. And to a certain extent, this lack of responsibility is WHY there is only a 60% graduation rate, and a major uptick in juvenile crime. It is time for a change back to basics.

t3bledsoe
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t3bledsoe 03/10/14 - 01:42 pm
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Stunned 2 @ 11:24

"What kind of moral compass does that provide any Richmond County student? It does not teach children personal responsibility."

I thought I heard this on the local news, BUT I couldn't believe my ears!! I totally agree with your comment, BUT really, what moral compass do these parents have?? Would it REALLY, REALLY hurt these parents to pay something for their kids meals??!!

t3bledsoe
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t3bledsoe 03/10/14 - 01:50 pm
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GnipGnop @ 7:16 PM 3/9

"Of those students 43% will not graduate."

Very good comment and probably true!! I wonder what is the average of graduating percentage in the whole country??

Mudge
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Mudge 03/10/14 - 09:13 pm
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Why is the sky always falling in Richmond County?

Because when too much detritus is present in the atmosphere nature takes over, and well you pretty much know the rest.

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