4 men charged in Raleigh's first homicide in 2014

Dozens of people filed into a Raleigh courtroom to show support for 4 men charged in Raleigh's first homicide in 2014.
January 6, 2014 2:07:50 PM PST
Police have charged four male suspects with murder in connection with the death of Joshua Ramone Smith.

Smith was shot and killed near a shopping center on Glenwood Avenue in Raleigh Saturday night, according to police.

Police said the 21-year-old was shot just before 9 p.m. at 7000 Glenwood Ave., which is near the intersection of Millbrook Road and Glenwood Avenue.

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The victim was then driven to the Burger King by Pleasant Valley Road, where police responded.

It was in the Burger King parking lot that witnesses say they saw emergency workers fighting to save Smith's life.

"Just watching him get CPR on the gurney, that's just something you don't see every day," said eyewitness Jennifer Szymendera.

Szymendera was on duty Saturday night at the Burger King off Glenwood Avenue.

She says she was almost ending her shift when she heard police sirens and initially thought someone had been pulled over.

"We saw a dozen police cars, an ambulance, a fire truck...come to find out it was a shooting," Szymendera said.

"He wasn't moving at all," she added.

On Monday, police released a 911 call apparently made by one of the victim's friends who was trying to get him to a hospital.

The driver of the car pulled over at the Burger King at the suggestion of the 911 dispatcher.

The driver's name has not been released, but Szymendera says she did get Smith loaded onto a gurney from a car.

"The car was parked really close to my car, I drive that blue car. The car was blocking two spaces," she said.

Smith was taken to WakeMed, where he later died.

Family and friends describe Smith, who they say went to Clinton High School, as someone with a heart of gold who will truly be missed.

Police say Ussef Kamara, 21, Troy Michael Williamson, 22, Luis Herrera, 21, and Raheem Crossley, 23, were taken into custody Sunday and are being held at the Wake County Detention Center with no bond.

The four suspects faced a judge Monday afternoon.

Dozens of people filed into a Raleigh courtroom to show support for the men, particularly Williamson.

Outside court, Williamson's friends spoke to ABC11 with tears in their eyes saying they know the former Leesville High School basketball player, who has no criminal record, would never shoot anyone and does not even own a gun.

"I couldn't even believe it. I would never expect Troy to do anything like this...I have friends I expect could do something like this, but Troy is not the type of guy to do anything like this," said friend Nathaniel Whittington.

"[Troy] had a scholarship to a prep school to play in South Carolina. I mean it's basketball and hanging out with us. That's all we did...him and I have never been in a fistfight, ever." added friend Chris Harris.

The investigation is ongoing.

This is the city's first homicide of the new year.

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