Messiah Pitt: 17-year-old Wakefield HS basketball player killed in shooting at Garner graduation party

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GARNER, N.C. (WTVD) — A 17-year-old basketball participant at Wakefield Excessive Faculty was shot and killed at a commencement get together Saturday morning.

The taking pictures occurred within the early hours of Saturday morning on Claymore Drive.

Garner Police Division later recognized the sufferer was recognized as Messiah Pitt.

Authorities stated two individuals had been detained, however the search continues for 2 different individuals regarded as concerned within the crime. No arrests have been made.

“It is a horrific tragedy, and our hearts exit to the sufferer, his household, and buddies. Investigators are working diligently to establish and arrest these chargeable for this mindless demise,” stated Captain Lorie Smith.

Pitt’s good friend Carsten Grandy-Richardson advised ABC11 that Pitt was an incredible particular person and basketball participant.

“Actually respectful and real particular person, very disheartening it needed to be my brother. I do know he’s up hooping in heaven proper now,” Grandy-Richardson advised ABC11.

On Saturday, the Wakefield Excessive basketball workforce tweeted, “Hardest day as a program now we have ever had. All our gamers & households, previous & current, we love you all.”

Daybreak Blagrove’s daughter was within the parking zone leaving the get together when the taking pictures occurred proper throughout the road from her.

“She heard pops, however she thought it was fireworks or possibly a cap gun,” Blagrove stated. “Then there was the pause, after which she heard a bevy of what was undeniably gunshots”

Her daughter was capable of retreat safely again contained in the pool home the place the get together was held.

Blagrove described the get together as a household occasion. She responded to her daughter’s name for assist and arrived on the scene round midnight.

“It’s stunning to them, and he or she is afraid, you already know it is Juneteeth we had plans to exit and have fun. She shouldn’t be ready to be in crowds nor any of her buddies exterior in the present day, and now we have to, once more, as a society now we have to put money into our kids and put money into psychological well being sources,” Blagrove stated.

Blagrove is a neighborhood activist, and he or she stated this taking pictures is simply one other instance of why issues want to vary for the higher.

“Extra police do not cease this youngster from being useless. What stops this youngster from being useless and different kids from dying from gun violence is far totally different gun legal guidelines, higher gun management, however most significantly, investing within the individuals in our communities, ensuring that everybody has entry to the sources that they want,” Blagrove stated.

Anybody with details about the taking pictures is requested to succeed in out to Garner Police Division’s Crime Tip Line at (919) 890-7318 or GPDtips@garnernc.gov.

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