Police: 3 teens face charges in boy’s death

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Three teenagers have been charged with involuntary manslaughter in connection with the death of 16-year-old Rodshawn Malik Barnes.

Barnes, of the 4100 block of Hunstmoor Lane, was taken to Wilson Medical Center on Aug. 6 where he died from an apparent gunshot wound.

Following a Wilson Police Department investigation, arrest warrants were obtained for three Wilson teenagers, 18-year-old Derrius Jamaal Atkinson of 4308 Camillia Drive, and 16-year-old Savonte J. Taylor and 19-year-old Darius Taylor, both of 3814-B Starship Lane.

Atkinson made his first appearance Monday in Wilson County District Court, where he was arraigned on a charge of felony involuntary manslaughter. Atkinson had been arrested on Friday after surrendering to police. He was jailed under a $5,000 secured bond.

Police are still looking for Savonte and Darius Taylor and their warrants are still active, according to a release from Wilson police Sgt. Steven Stroud.

At 6:57 p.m. Aug, 6, police were called to the home on Huntsmoor Lane regarding a medical emergency.

Friends had taken the victim to Wilson Medical Center before police arrived at the scene.

While at the hospital, medical personnel discovered that Barnes, who friends called Shawn, had been shot. Barnes was pronounced dead at the hospital.

Police are asking anyone with information on Savonte and Darius Taylor’s whereabouts to call the Wilson Police Department at 252-399-2323 or Crime Stoppers at 252-243-2255.

Barnes was the son of Rodney Andre Barnes and Lateisha Huggins. A funeral service was held Sunday at Contending for the Faith Church Ministries.

Starship Lane, where the Talyors reside, is in the same neighborhood where Barnes lived. Atkinson lived on the same side of town about 3 miles away.

Atkinson, also known as DJ, was a standout on the basketball team at Community Christian School and had been named to the all-area basketball team. He had also been named to Community Christian’s all-A honor roll.