Teen dies in southwest Charlotte, homicide investigation underway

Teen dies in southwest Charlotte, homicide investigation underway

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - A homicide investigation is underway after a teen died Saturday morning in southeast Charlotte.

According to Charlotte-Mecklenburg police, detectives responded to a call to assist MEDIC at 3:40 a.m. in the 1800 block of Village Lake Dr. Upon arrival, police located 18-year-old Jaqual Malik Bennett laying in the driveway of the residence. He was pronounced dead at the scene, police say.

No further information has been reported.

A group in Charlotte is taking a stand to stop these killings. With one message and three words, members of Stop the Killing Crusade are telling people throughout the city "I love you." They say Charlotte has too many shootings, too many murders, but not enough love.

As Charlotte police investigate Bennett's death, the 77th homicide of the year and marking 2017 the 10th deadliest year since 1990, the Stop the Killing Crusade works to help raise community awareness on the homicide issue.

"As Reverend Jesse said, 'Nobody can save us from us, but us,' says James Barnett of the crusade.

"It hurts, it hurts us, this is our mission to work with the community to lessen the murder rate," says Erma Crowder, another member of the group.

Even though the homicides are a situation that the city has been trying to get a handle on for months, the group doesn't want people to stop trying altogether.

"It's just shocking, I think a lot of people in the community just got used to this. They figure there's nothing we can do. It's just another murder, but there is something you can do," adds Barnett.

Moving forward, Stop the Killing Crusade plans to continue sharing the message of love to stop the violence.

If you have any information on this incident, you can call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600.

No one has been arrested.

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