Kinston shooting victim to be laid to rest today

KINSTON, NC (WITN) - A murder victim will be laid to rest today.

Friends and family will gather for the funeral of Rasheem Thomas at 11 a.m.

Thomas was shot and killed Monday night at the St. John's Village Apartments on East Highland Avenue in Kinston.

Nico Jones and Christopher Dixon were arrested and charged in the case.

Loved ones gathered to pay respects to a Kinston murder victim as two suspects are now in police custody.

Nico Jones and Christopher Dixon were arrested and charged in the shooting that killed Rasheem Thomas Monday night in a Kinston apartment complex.

Thomas' body was found in a parking lot of St. John's Village Apartments on East Highland Avenue.

"He was very humble, very respectful and he just didn't have to be done like that," said the victim's mother Carla Thomas.

Jones surrendered to Kinston officers at the Lenoir County Courthouse around 2:30 pm Friday.

Dixon, 27, was arrested by the Philadelphia Police Department and the U.S. Marshal's Service Violent Fugitive Task Force earlier Friday.

Others at the wake say the violence that took Thomas' life is too common in the city.

"Enough is enough, is enough," said Michelle Kilpatrick.

Carla Thomas hopes her son's death will be a wake up call for others.

"My son was not a violent person so I hope these young people wake up because this violence that's going on in Kinston it's got to stop," said Thomas.

She says it's been a difficult week but the arrests make a difference as she continues to grieve for her son.

"I'm so grateful. I thank the Lord that they caught them and hope that justice will be served," said Thomas.

Funeral services are set for Saturday morning in Kinston.

Nico Jones is also charged for a November 5th shooting in Kinston on East Washington Street where a Goldsboro man was wounded. Seven people have been charged in connection with that shooting.