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Police seek leads in slayings

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BY LINDELL JOHN KAY
Staff Writer

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Area authorities are asking the community to stand with them against gun violence after Rocky Mount experienced three shooting deaths over the weekend.

Police on Monday identified the three men killed in two shooting incidents.

Kestler Rayo Bridgers, 31, and Torrey Tinell Hill, 39, were gunned down Saturday night on Carroll Avenue.

Mikell Lamar Sheridan, 20, was shot and killed Sunday afternoon on Union Street.

The Rocky Mount Homicide Unit is still following up leads, said Sgt. Brad Summerlin, a spokesman for the Rocky Mount Police Depaetment.

Interim Police Chief George Robinson said the victims were targeted in isolated incidents. He said he is working with both sheriffs to gain closure for the families of the victims.

Edgecombe County Sheriff Clee Atkinson said law enforcement is doing all it can to remove gangs, guns and drugs from the streets, but they need help.

"We need full cooperation of the community," Atkinson said. "We need families to take ownership. We need people who know what's going on to notify law enforcement."

Rocky Mount resident Patricia Hamm was born and raised on Union Street. In turn, she raised four children there.

"It's sad to see what's happening with our young people today," Hamm said. "We've got to keep on praying, and maybe we can get together."

All three victims were known to authorities.

Bridgers was convicted on drug charges and stealing dogs. Hill was convicted on assault and weapons violations. He was arrested five years ago while hold up in a room at the now-shuttered Ashburn Inn with a .25-caliber pistol, a Kel Tec 9mm semi-automatic handgun and an AK-47 assault rifle, according to archived news reports and the state Public Safety Department.

Sheridan was awaiting trial on charges of breaking and entering and indecent liberties with a minor, according to the N.C. Criminal Court Calendar.

"These were young men who needed direction," said Nash County Sheriff Keith Stone.

It will take everyone working together to stop the violence, Stone said.

"If you know someone with guns, notify law enforcement," Stone said. "I'd rather see these young men in jail than dead in the streets. It's a shame to see so many homicides in a community so well put together."

Anyone with information about this incident can contact the Rocky Mount Police Department at 252-972-1411, Twin County Crime Stoppers at 252-977-1111 or Text-A-Tip (Text RMPOL) and message to CRIMES (274637).

Calls and texts are kept completely anonymous.

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