05/31/17 — Goldsboro teen and one other person shot to death in Kinston

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Goldsboro teen and one other person shot to death in Kinston

By Ethan Smith
Published in News on May 31, 2017 5:49 PM

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Police say a Goldsboro teen and a Kinston man both died after a shooting took place at building 13, seen in the background of the above photo, of the Mitchell Wooten Apartments in Kinston at about noon today.

Updated as of 12:30 p.m. Thursday ---- Arrest made in double homicide.

Police announced during an 11 a.m. press conference today that a 15-year-old has been charged with two counts of murder following the shooting death of two people in Kinston Wednesday, one of whom was a Goldsboro teenager.

The identity of the person charged is not being released due to the individual's age

Updated as of 5:57 p.m.

KINSTON -- A Goldsboro teenager was shot to death today in Kinston, according to a press release from the Kinston Police Department.

The release said Donald Girtley Jr. 18, of 918 Lincoln Drive, was shot and killed at the 13 building of the Mitchell Wooten Apartments.

Another person, identified in the press release as 23-year-old Demone Nesbitt, of 13-G Mitchell Wooten Apartments, Kinston, was also killed as a result of the shooting.

The release said Nesbitt died while being taken to Vidant Medical Center in Greenville.

Wayne County Public Schools spokesperson Ken Derksen confirmed by phone that Girtley was a returning senior at Goldsboro High School.

Derksen said Girtley did not graduate this year, though he was a senior, and would have returned in the fall of this year as a senior.

This shooting death marks the second Goldsboro High School student in less than a week to be killed by gunfire.

Desconte Makell Bryant, 18, was shot multiple times on the front porch of 410 Hollowell St. at about 1 a.m. Sunday.

A press release sent Monday from the Goldsboro Police Department said Bryant died from the injuries sustained in the shooting after being taken to Vidant Medical Center in Greenville from Wayne UNC Health Care.

Police are investigating Bryant's death as a homicide.

Derksen said Bryant was a rising senior at Goldsboro High School and was very active in the school's JROTC program.

If anyone has information about Girtley's slaying, they are asked to call the Kinston Police Department at 252-939-3160, the Tips Line at 252-939-4020, or Lenoir County Crime Stoppers at 252-523-4444.

Anyone with information about Bryant's killing is asked to call or text Wayne County Crime Stoppers at 919-735-2255, or submit information at tipsubmit.com.

Callers can remain anonymous and information leading to a felony arrest will be eligible for a cash reward.