Community counseling offered at Kinston middle school after double murder

KINSTON, NC (WITN) - Counselors in the east are working to bring some closure to a community after a double homicide on May 31st at the Mitchell Wooten Apartment Complex.

A group of counseling professionals have come together Tuesday, offering help to those who need it at the Rochelle Middle School in Kinston.

Everyone in the community, from adult to child, were invited to attend the debriefing.

The counselors are all professionally trained mental health providers or grief counselors and they say that the conversations that take place during this debriefing are confidential.

"We thought it was really important that after the incident that the community begin to heal together and this was one of the steps we are taking," explains Courtney Boyette, a specialist at East Point Community Relations.

The debriefing and all private meetings were free of charge.

Counselors say they just want people to know that the community is here supporting them and that help is available if needed.

Counselors also said that they are hoping to provide ongoing resources and services for the community, but more information will be released later.


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A middle school in one Eastern Carolina city will be opening their doors Tuesday afternoon and will be holding a community counseling event following last week's double murder.

Counselors and professionals will be at Rochelle Middle School in Kinston to offer support for those impacted by the May 31st incident at Mitchell Wooten Apartment Complex where Donald Girtley and Demone Nesbitt were gunned down.

A 15-year-old boy from Goldsboro has been charged with the murders.

Both adults and children are welcome to attend.

The counseling will begin at 4:30 p.m.


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Dozens of community members turned out this morning for a prayer vigil at the scene of where two young men were gunned down on Wednesday.

Police, along with residents of the Mitchell Wooten Apartments, joined hands shortly after 11:00 a.m.

Just two days ago Donald Girtley of Goldsboro and Demone Nesbitt were gunned down. A 15-year-old boy from Goldsboro has been charged with the murders.

Members of the Girtley and Nesbitt families also attended the vigil that lasted about an hour.

According to Angel Howard, memorial funds have been set up to help both victims' families.

The "Donald Girtley Memorial" fund is set up with Wells Fargo, Donations can be made at any branch or at J.B. Rhodes Funeral Home in Kinston

Donations for Demone Nisbett's family can be made at the Mills Funeral Home in Kinston


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Police say they have arrested a 15-year-old boy for Wednesday's murders of two people.

18-year-old Donald Girtley of Goldsboro died at the scene and 23-year-old Demone Nesbitt of Kinston died on the way to the hospital.

The shooting happened just after noon at the Mitchell Wooten Apartments.

Chief Alonzo Jaynes says surveillance video and witness information was passed on to Goldsboro police. He said during an 11:00 a.m. news conference that a Goldsboro police officer encountered some people yesterday and following a hunch, they were able to detain the 15-year-old suspect.

The juvenile was brought back to Kinston and charged with two counts of murder.

Because of his age, the 15-year-old's name is not being released.

The chief says it appears the shootings were not a random act. But he said one victim just happened to be outside and wasn't a target in the shooting.


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Kinston Police will hold a press conference at 11 a.m. Thursday about the Mitchell Wooten Housing Complex shootings.

Police say two people were fatally shot outside of building 13 in the housing complex on Wednesday.

18-year-old Donald Girtley of Goldsboro died at the scene and 23-year-old Demone Nesbitt of Kinston died on the way to the hospital.

Police have not made any arrests in the double murder.


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Police confirm that two people are dead after a shooting at a Kinston public housing complex this afternoon.

Officer Woody Spencer says the shooting happened shortly after noon at Mitchell Wooten Apartments, which is off of Raleigh Street.

He said two people were shot outside of building 13 in the housing complex.

Spencer says 18-year-old Donald Girtley of Goldsboro died at the scene, while Demone Nesbitt, 23, of Kinston, died en route to Vidant Medical Center.

Angel Howard said her son was a senior at Goldsboro High School and was visiting her.

Howard told us Girtley went outside for a few minutes and came running back to her apartment, collapsing in his brother's arms.

Police have not made any arrests in the double murder. They have announced an 11:00 a.m. news conference for Thursday.

Howard said they are in the process of setting up a gofundme page to help with funeral costs for the teenager.