6 Teens Charged With Rocky Mount Murder

By: April Davis
By: April Davis

Six teenagers face murder charges now after police say they beat a man to death for a beer.

Rocky mount police say 67-year-old Juan De La Cruz died at the hospital in Greenville last Saturday after a group of up to ten teens stole a 24-ounce beer from him worth $1.99 and assaulted him in November. The rocky mount telegram reports police have ruled De La Cruz's death a homicide.

The attack happened behind Turner's Mini Mart on Benvenue road. Six teens were originally charged with common law robbery and assault inflicting serious bodily injury, and now they are charged with murder.Three of the suspects in the case are 16 years old. They are Mikel Jones, Trekwan Dickens and Xaviera Davis. Two of the suspects are 14 years old, and one of them is 13 years old.


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  • by Former NC Resident on Jan 16, 2012 at 03:24 PM
    Now these boys can be given a 90 day sentence. Should be tried as adults. God help us!
  • by commonsense Location: Rocky Mount on Jan 16, 2012 at 01:10 PM
    These kids took a mans life over a beer. They are not to be classified as humans anymore. The state should get rid of these worthless people before they get out and do it again. Sweep the trash out and make it safe for decent people to walk the streets.
  • by One Day Location: Greenville on Jan 16, 2012 at 10:15 AM
    This is sad. A man lost his life, and these children in some way have lost and/or forever altared their own. Every life has value so I am ashamed of those who comment that these six children should be hung or sentenced to death. Equally am I ashamed of those who blame the man for his death when none of us know the true circumstances of this situation. Lastly, I am ashamed of the suggestion that these young man don't deserve a trial. Please upleft the families of both sides of this situation. The old man, just like these 6 teenagers, was also someone's child. It appears to me that WE ALL have failed both dead and the living by not stepping up.
  • by M on Jan 16, 2012 at 09:37 AM
    Justifying the actions of children committing adult crimes (i.e. in reference to 'truther' January 16th) only heightens what is wrong with society, and the demise of our children. Something is truly wrong, and we are raising our children to not understand what it means to live and be respectful human beings. Death in this case was not warranted, and the children knew he or she could report that adult to the authorities. Instead they decided not to....
  • by Me Location: Rocky Mount on Jan 16, 2012 at 09:14 AM
    I know these boys and they are gang members it wasn't a gang initiation it was just some stupid kids who did a stupid thing and now should have to pay for what they did...people are all over facebook saying free this person and free that person what about the man who died...these kids run around fighting and killing like it is ok their parents are running around partying leaving the kids to raise themselves...do the crime..do the time
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      by JC on Jan 16, 2012 at 12:32 PM in reply to Me
      well said, heres a question do these kids have fathers around?? BC mine didn't raise me to do things like this...
  • by Lady Location: Tarboro on Jan 16, 2012 at 07:10 AM
    If this man was such a threat, why was he allowed to come to the store? he was a drunk i dont think he would harm anybody and that didnt give those boys the right to kill that man point blank.
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      by Formerly O.L.I. on Jan 16, 2012 at 11:09 AM in reply to Lady
      I have to agree. Sounds like he was homeless. However he wound up in his predicament, the young men could have just backed off, shrugged it off. The guy probably did have a bad 'socialization' technique (shouting, threatening), but they out-numbered him; that's the mitigating factor.
  • by truther Location: Rocky mount on Jan 16, 2012 at 02:24 AM
    witn?where did you get your facts from?i am from that area and i have seen that homeless man many times ,he always got drunk behind turners mini mart and was threatning people,he has threating me plenty of times im surprised this dadnt happen sooner.truth be know i bet he was threating them boys and the right ones came along.
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      by Anonymous on Jan 16, 2012 at 06:27 AM in reply to truther
      So he deserved to be beaten to death for making threats......a big ole NOT!!!
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      by Are You Kidding on Jan 16, 2012 at 07:02 AM in reply to truther
      Are you kidding?!? Whether he got drunk behind the mini mart and threatened people DID NOT GIVE THOSE CHILDREN THE RIGHT TO KILL HIM! You are what is wrong with society. Did he threaten the children by saying "You better steal my beer or I will hurt you?" I doubt it. THEY KILLED HIM...FOR A BEER. YOU CANNOT JUSTIFY THAT!
  • by Ken Location: Rocky Mount on Jan 15, 2012 at 05:40 PM
    Rocky Mount needs burning to the ground.
  • by Jon Location: Craven County on Jan 15, 2012 at 04:02 PM
    This was a gang initiation and one of the murderers was his nephew
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      by Me on Jan 16, 2012 at 09:28 AM in reply to Jon
      I don't know where you got your info from but none of these kids were related to this man..it was not a gang initiation, it was some dummies being dumb
  • by Robert Location: Greenville on Jan 15, 2012 at 03:31 PM
    I to as an ECU almnus say, let them hang
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