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Pitt County shooting victim laid to rest Saturday

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Published: May. 29, 2016 at 9:49 PM EDT
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Nearly one week after a man was shot and killed, his friends and family gathered to pay their respects and to honor the life they say was lost too soon.

Hundreds of people came out to the Triumph Missionary Baptist Church in Pitt County for Antonio Harris' funeral.

"It's overwhelming," Harris' cousin Tiffany Lynch said about the turnout. "It means he impacted a lot of people's lives, so it's a good thing."

Deputies say 28-year-old Harris and 20-year-old Nicholas Gorham were shot on Linda Drive in the River Creek area around 9 p.m. last Sunday night. Gorham was treated and released from Vidant Medical Center but Harris died on the way to the hospital.

Joseph Gibbs, Justin Whitley, and Lecarlos Anthony were all charged with an open count of murder. As the investigation continues, family members say they're just trying to focus on the good times they shared with Harris.

Shirley Harris is also Harris' cousin. She said, "I've been knowing him since he was a little boy and stuff. Sweet, sweet kind. So is his brother and sister and stuff. And they came from a good family and stuff."

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Deputies say weapons used in a weekend murder in Pitt County were found Tuesday afternoon in Belhaven.

The Pitt County Sheriff's Office arrested 21-year-old Joseph Gibbs of Clark's Neck Road in Washington, 24-year-old Justin Whitley of Chaplain Street in Greenville, and 26-year-old Lecarlos Anthony of Jimmy Lane in Washington.

All three were charged Monday morning with an open count of murder. They were booked into the Pitt County Detention Center under no bond

The sheriff's office says two guns were found this afternoon by the Sidney Dive Team near the Highway 99 bridge going into Belhaven.

During a first court appearance this morning, Judge Brian DeSoto set bond for the three at $2 million secured. Their next court date is June 15th and they were given court-appointed attorneys.

Deputies say the shooting happened on Linda Drive in Rivercreek around 9 p.m. Sunday. 28-year-old Antonio Harris of Sticks Road in Washington died on the way to Vidant Medical Center while 20-year-old Nicholas Gorham of Blake Street in Washington was treated and released from Vidant.

More charges are expected in the case, deputies say.


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The Pitt County Sheriff's Office has arrested three people in connection with a Sunday night shooting that left one person dead.

Early this morning, detectives arrested 21-year-old Joseph Gibbs of Clark's Neck Road in Washington, 24-year-old Justin Whitley of Chaplain Street in Greenville, and 26-year-old Lecarlos Anthony of Jimmy Lane in Washington. All three men were charged with an open count of murder. They were booked into the Pitt County Detention Center under no bond pending their first court appearance Tuesday morning.

Deputies responded to the report of a shooting on Linda Drive in Rivercreek around 9 p.m. Sunday. Officials say 28-year-old Antonio Harris of Sticks Road in Washington died on the way to Vidant Medical Center while 20-year-old Nicholas Gorham of Blake Street in Washington was treated and released from Vidant.

The investigation is continuing and further charges are expected.


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Investigators are at the scene of a shooting in Pitt County.

Officials with the Pitt County Sheriff's Office say two people were shot some time before 9 p.m. Sunday.

Multiple ambulances were seen driving away from the scene on Linda Drive in the River Creek area.

We're working to get more information confirmed with the sheriff's office.

If you have information that could help the investigation, call (252) 830-4141 or Crime Stoppers at (252) 758-7777.