Two teens arrested in shooting of Hephzibah Middle School pupil

Thursday, March 26, 2009 4:00 PM
Last updated 10:11 PM
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Two Hephzibah teenagers were arrested this evening after one fatally shot his 13-year-old friend while handling a firearm earlier today.

Raekwon Rhodes, of the 2400 Hampshire Crossing, was passing a loaded handgun back to the one of the suspects when it fired — striking him in the neck, according to Richmond County Sheriff’s Sgt. Blaise Dresser. The Hephzibah Middle School pupil ran to a neighbors home at 4385 Saxon Drive with the two suspects — 16-year-old and 13-year-old brothers — in an attempt to use the phone, Sgt. Dresser said. He died shortly after 3 p.m.

Police are still investigating whether the gun used in the shooting was stolen by the youths, who authorities have charged with burglary for a home break-in on Carpenter Avenue earlier this month.

“Whether or not the firearm that was used in the shooting was from the burglary, I’m a little fuzzy on that right now,” Sgt. Dresser said.

Authorities are not releasing the names of the two suspects because of their ages, but they said the 13-year-old had been taken to the Richmond County Youth Detention Center and faced involuntary manslaughter, burglary and stolen firearm charges. His 16-year-old brother was released to his parents with a charge of burglary, Sgt. Dresser said.

They have also arrested Martavias Marquis Nelson, 18, of 4385 Saxon Drive, on a charge of theft by receiving a stolen firearm, sheriff’s jail committals show. The youths ran to Mr. Nelson’s home after the shooting and police discovered a firearm stolen by the teenagers in his home.

Sheriff’s Lt. Scott Peebles said the victim was not involved in the break-ins. His body has been transported to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation’s Crime Lab in Atlanta for an autopsy.

Reach Adam Folk at (706) 823-3339

or adam.folk@augustachronicle.com.

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patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 03/26/09 - 04:53 pm
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What a horrible culture has

What a horrible culture has been wrought.

Does_it_really_matter
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Does_it_really_matter 03/26/09 - 04:55 pm
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13....why? Today has been a

13....why? Today has been a terrible day here in the area....my heart is broken.

smbga
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smbga 03/26/09 - 05:01 pm
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oh God! Another child is

oh God! Another child is dead. this is heartbreaking.

me too
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me too 03/26/09 - 05:21 pm
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How much more can we take as

How much more can we take as a community? This child's family has my deepest sympathy. There is probably no greater loss than the loss of a child.

nofrillls13
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nofrillls13 03/26/09 - 05:25 pm
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Where do words begin?

Where do words begin?

AnGie4
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AnGie4 03/26/09 - 05:27 pm
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damn man

damn man

elm1026
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elm1026 03/26/09 - 05:52 pm
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Culture??? Today is a

Culture??? Today is a terrible day and culture has nothing to do with it. A child loses a mother and a mother loses a son just in an afternoon. Tragedies in two different counties, so sad.

TakeAstand
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TakeAstand 03/26/09 - 06:10 pm
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My condolences to the family.

My condolences to the family. This stuff has got to stop, its becoming unreal!!!!!

snickers123
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snickers123 03/26/09 - 06:24 pm
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Your so right.This has been a

Your so right.This has been a terrible day for those families..This is just so heartbreaking!!!May god be with this family.My heart and prayers go out to you.This is a nation in much need of prayer.

inkpup
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inkpup 03/26/09 - 06:36 pm
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Culture has nothing to do

Culture has nothing to do with it? Manure! This culture which encourages even the mother of an unborn to "choose" and places no sanctity on human life has EVERYTHING to with it.

youdontknowme
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youdontknowme 03/26/09 - 06:38 pm
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My deepest sympathies to

My deepest sympathies to these families! This world is everyday getting worse & worse..makes you scared to go out and enjoy just sitting in your yard.

Craig Spinks
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Craig Spinks 03/26/09 - 07:04 pm
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Mistnrain, in the face of the

Mistnrain, in the face of the homicides of the last two days, are you going to allow yourself to become so scared as to decide to retreat in your house? Or are you going to work with your neighbors to build yourselves a safer neighborhood? And with your fellow citizens to make Augusta a safer place? The choice is simple and is yours.

Craig Spinks
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Craig Spinks 03/26/09 - 07:05 pm
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Mistnrain, in the face of the

Mistnrain, in the face of the homicides of the last two days, are you going to allow yourself to become so scared as to decide to retreat into your house? Or are you going to work with your neighbors to build yourselves a safer neighborhood? And with your fellow citizens to make Augusta a safer place? The choice is simple and is yours.

Rose
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Rose 03/26/09 - 07:29 pm
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WRDW has a little more info.

WRDW has a little more info. 2 teens were in the house with him. He made it to a neighbor's house for help, but nobody was home.the teens were questioned but no charges files at this time.

corgimom
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corgimom 03/26/09 - 07:50 pm
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Inkpup, or maybe it's because

Inkpup, or maybe it's because some people are insensitive and cruel when a 13 year old dies? My deepest sympathies to Raquan's family.

Debster
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Debster 03/26/09 - 08:02 pm
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My condolences to this

My condolences to this child's family. May God give them the strength to get through the coming days.

FallingLeaves
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FallingLeaves 03/26/09 - 08:56 pm
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Prayers and condolences to

Prayers and condolences to all the child's family and friends. My heart goes out to you.

FallingLeaves
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FallingLeaves 03/26/09 - 09:07 pm
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I'm very concerned, because I

I'm very concerned, because I know at least one family that lives on that street, possibly more. That family I know, has legal reason to have possession of firearms. I'm not saying the others don't, just that I happen to know in the one case.

LBenedict
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LBenedict 03/26/09 - 09:57 pm
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Absolutely horrible.

Absolutely horrible.

willistontownsc
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willistontownsc 03/27/09 - 12:10 am
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inkpup, culture has nothing

inkpup, culture has nothing to do with it! Unless you are talking about a culture in which "gun rights" are placed before children's rights!

Craig Spinks
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Craig Spinks 03/27/09 - 12:44 am
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Why weren't these young men

Why weren't these young men in school at 3 PM?

helpicantfindthespacebar
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helpicantfindthespacebar 03/27/09 - 12:46 am
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willistownsc, what 'gun

willistownsc, what 'gun rights'?? You mean the right of law-abiding citizens to own firearms? How exactly do 'gun rights' interfere with 'children's rights'? The right of children to break into someone's home and steal a weapon that is used to tragically end another child's life? How sad that you would take a horrible situation like this and use it to prop up your little liberal soapbox....

TakeAstand
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TakeAstand 03/27/09 - 01:15 am
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These kids were not in

These kids were not in school, stolen handguns, break ins. they are getting younger and younger these days. Sad and pathetic! My sympathy to the family of the victim.

NEone
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NEone 03/27/09 - 01:58 am
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Our school is out before

Our school is out before 3:00. Maybe theirs is too?

KSL
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KSL 03/27/09 - 04:49 am
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"Police are still

"Police are still investigating whether the gun used in the shooting was stolen by the youths, who authorities have charged with burglary for a home break-in on Carpenter Avenue earlier this month." So these same kids already had been arrested?

Latoya Taylor
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Latoya Taylor 03/28/09 - 12:22 pm
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It really hurts my heart as

It really hurts my heart as to what is going in in the Richmond County Area, with our young people I grew up in this area, and now it's like no one cares anymore. Our young people really don't have any positive role models, like I did when growing up thanks to TEENS IN ACTIONS WITH GOALS INC., who was there for me and my fellow peers, as a community we need to talk more with our young people see what is really the problem. My prayers are with all of these families, and also for the community. What can we do to help some of the crime in the CSRA, I remember when there were events on the weekends giving us things to do and giving us hope. Where is the love I'm now 23 years old and I feel that everytime we lose a young person to violence a piece of me is gone because this is my home. I am willing to reach out to our young people because alot of people have reached out me so please send your emails so we can start a community network, to take back our streets. The schools don't care anymore, you have some educators that care, but hey there is the 75% who look at our kids as wild animals, so parents and other community leaders and those who care lets help latoya_t_2001@yahoo.com.

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