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Soldiers Sebastian Gomez, Christopher Blackett Charged With Murdering 17-year-old

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Dumped in woods: 17-year-old Vincent Carlisle Junior's dead body was found in dense woodland. He was an aspiring basketball player Dumped in woods: 17-year-old Vincent Carlisle Junior's dead body was found in dense woodland. He was an aspiring basketball player  
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Two Fort Bragg soldiers were charged with first-degree murder after a teenager's body was found dumped in woods near his hometown, authorities said Friday.

Army Private Sebastian Gamez, 20, of Hidalgo, Texas, and Specialist Christopher Blackett, 20, of Vista, California, were each charged with first-degree murder and disposing of a corpse, the Harnett County Sheriff's Office said in a statement.

Both men lived at the same Spring Lake address and were being held without bond at the county's jail, the sheriff's office said. Spring Lake is a town of about 8,000 residents less than five miles from Fort Bragg.

Two Fort Bragg soldiers have been charged in connection to the murder of a Spring Lake teen, according to the Harnett County magistrate's office. Two Fort Bragg soldiers have been charged in connection to the murder of a Spring Lake teen, according to the Harnett County magistrate's office.

Murder suspects: Army private Sebastian Gomez, 20 (left), and Specialist Christopher Blackett, 20 (right), have been charged with murder

Both paratroopers worked as truck drivers and are members of Alpha Company, 82nd Brigade Support Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne spokesman Staff Sgt. Andrew Alfano said.

The body of Vincent Carlisle Junior, 17, was found on Thursday afternoon, almost four days after he left his home Sunday night, family members said.

Blackett and Gamez had moved in next door about six months ago and had played basketball with Carlisle on occasions.

'The guys were friends with the family over here and so we don't know what happened, what transpired between Sunday and today,' Carlisle's uncle Clarence Gaddy told The Fayetteville Observer. 'This is surprising to everyone.'

'Vincent was a good kid: happy, jolly,' said Pamela Marks, a family friend who answered the door at Carlisle's home. 'It's just senseless.'

Shawn Chavis, a cousin of Carlisle's, said the family was at a loss to explain what had happened, and that no one knew of any disagreement or bad blood between the teenager and his neighbours.

Located in a quiet cul-de-sac off busy Bragg Boulevard, Carlisle's home stands about 20 feet from where the soldiers were living.

A basketball hoop stands in Carlisle's back yard, testament to his dreams of playing for the University of North Carolina one day.

The neighbourhood is full of rental properties, and it's common for people to come and go, neighbours said. No one who answered their door in the neighbourhood today said they knew the soldiers.

Carlisle had attended Overhills High School in Spring Lake but transferred to a school about 30 miles north because he wanted to break out of a social circle that didn't value education, said Melanie Stewart, principal of Johnathan's House Christian School in Fuquay-Varina.

Carlisle was entering his senior year of school, and was planning to tour the UNC campus in Chapel Hill this week, Stewart told The Associated Press.

Carlisle had poor grades upon entering her school, but Stewart said he rapidly improved once he was out of a peer group she said was hostile to education. She plans to present his family with a posthumously-awarded diploma and graduation cap and gown.

'He was trying to change,' Stewart said. 'He said, "I want to show my mum. I want to show everyone I can do this."'

'He knew he didn't belong with a crowd that wasn't going anywhere, but he did not know how to break away from it either,' Stewart told WRAL-TV. 'It's important to me that people know that Vincent Carlisle was a very intelligent young man, and he had dreams, and he had plans.'

She added: 'I've been doing this for 22 years and I've never lost a student. Every day when he'd leave me, he'd go back into that neighbourhood. It was the neighbourhood that got him.'


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judy mccormick 01/20/2013 16:52:00
not surprised about a blackett being a criminal. his uncle is felon.
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