Indian Trail shooting victims identified

Indian Trail shooting victims identified

There are 61 comments on the www.topix.net story from Apr 7, 2008, titled Indian Trail shooting victims identified. In it, www.topix.net reports that:

Police have released the victims' names in a shooting in Indian Trail that killed a 15-year-old boy and injured a 36-year-old woman.

Jonathan Russell was shot Sunday night in an invasion of a mobile home on Rosetta Drive, off Wesley Chapel Stouts Road, according to the Union County Sheriff's Office. The shooting took place just up the street from Sun Valley Middle School, where Jonathan was a student. Russell later died at Presbyterian Hospital in Matthews.

The woman who lived in the home, Tamara Hartis, was struck in the head by a round, police said. The injury was not life threatening. Read more

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dylan

United States

#1 Apr 9, 2008
i knew johnathan, he used to live beside us, i sincerly hope the people who did this are caught
worthless bum

Matthews, NC

#2 Apr 9, 2008
The woman who was shot is listed on the NC corrections web site as an absconder from probation/parole supervision for drug related crimes. Perhaps the murders had a drug-related agenda for targeting her mobile home. This probably wasn't a random act of violence.
unknown emotion

AOL

#3 Apr 9, 2008
The loss of Jonathan has had a big effect on a lot of people. everyone from sunvally has learned to know and love him over the years. he became apart of a lot of our families. i still remember jonathan staying at my house when his mom was at work and picking him up from school when he went to piedmont...thoughs are moments that i only have to remember and moments ill never get to have with him again. im so very proud of him for being the one to try and keep that little boy safe. he had a big heart and although he was only 15 he did die a hero in our hearts. I love you Jonathan!
ABC

Matthews, NC

#4 Apr 9, 2008
This was obviously drug related. Why was a 12 yr old hanging with an 18 yr old. These are things a mother asks. Why was he sleeping over on a Sunday night, a school night. Did Jonathan's parents know the background of the people they left him with that night? Who was looking out for Jonathan? I know you all might think I'm harsh, but this is a few reasons on why he is dead. Who was looking out for Jonathan? He was placed in harms way by the life style of these people.
unknown emotion

AOL

#5 Apr 9, 2008
Jonathan is 15 not 12. and the house he got shot at isnt the house that he was spending the night at. him and his friends walked over to hang out with the womans son and thats when everything went down. yes we all think that the reason they were shooting at that particular house was drug related, but they wernt intentionally trying to kill jonathan. as far as him being 15 and them older i dont think that is a legit argument considering when i was growing up all my friends were older than me also. at his age i was spending the night at friends house on a school night myself. and please do not bring his mother into this. shes a wonderful woman and single mother and right now she is dealing with the death of her son. it isnt her fault that he is dead so please dont make it seem that way. maybe he chose a bad crowd to be around but the kids he was spending the night with arent the ones to blame, they feel bad enough because if they wouldnt have walked over there and if he hadnt tried to protect their son he wouldnt be dead...if you could have saw the guilt and pain on their face tonight at his wake...its enough to crush anyones heart. my heart goes out to Sharon, Jimmy, and Jessica as well as it does to the kids he was with.
Big T

Roanoke, VA

#6 Apr 10, 2008
Does anyone know if the shooters have been caught? I really can't understand why they weren't caught the night this happened. I mean, the police were already alerted to a suspicious vehicle in the area, then the shooting which apparently lasted several minutes, then several witnesses who saw a white Altima heading towrads 74. What else do the police need?
Tradesville lancaster sc

Lake City, FL

#7 Apr 10, 2008
I remember when jimmy and johnathan used to come to my house in tradesville,they both were good boys.their mom worked hard and tried her best to take care of them.they never went without.Johnathan did have a good heart,I remember him always walking his dog , he loved that dog so much.My heart goes oout to this family and whether it was drug related or not does not change the fact that this boy is gone.Those that want to blame need to sweep under ther on rugs first nobody's perfect,but jesus and he loves everybody.we'll miss you johnathan!
abc

Matthews, NC

#8 Apr 10, 2008
I am a single mom of 3 and understand how hard it is to raise children and realize that the help of friends and neighbors is necessary. No one is perfect, I'm not perfect by far, still again...it was the life style of the family in the trailer that took his life. I still feel a mother should know where a child is going and who they are seeing and to tell them where never to go. I can't imagine loosing a child and cry inside for his family, but still don't understand. Did his mom not know the people in the trailer and their past. I know everyone my children visits, they are 14, 15. Never the less, I cry for their loss, but if you think blame isn't part of this story you're wrong. TO the people who wonder why the killer haven't been caught yet, better look at our city council. DO YOU ALL KNOW INDIAN TRIAL HAS NO POLICE DEPARTMENT OF THEIR OWN. We depend on the Sheriffs Dept. and will do so for the next 5 yrs after they just signed a new contact with them, instead of getting our own dept. I had to call the police once, it took them 45 min. to show up, thats unacceptable. This i why the killers were able to get away, far away, there was no one to respond in a timely manner, no one to chase them. Crooks know that they can commit a crime and get away with it, because no one will come for them. This along with Johnathans death infuriates me. Johnathan will not be forgotten by his friends and family.
matt u

Matthews, NC

#9 Apr 10, 2008
man fck u abc his mom was a great and wonderfull woman an shes the reason hes goin to heaven an how u gonna be talkin bout somthin wen u dont even know his age u j@ck@ss u can lick my b@ll5 u lonely h0m0
matt u

Matthews, NC

#10 Apr 10, 2008
aye jonathan
u died the way u lived a hero
i love u man
an i aint ever gonna 4get u
u was the best
rip 4 ever
matt u

Matthews, NC

#11 Apr 10, 2008
fck u bi+ch
ABC wrote:
This was obviously drug related. Why was a 12 yr old hanging with an 18 yr old. These are things a mother asks. Why was he sleeping over on a Sunday night, a school night. Did Jonathan's parents know the background of the people they left him with that night? Who was looking out for Jonathan? I know you all might think I'm harsh, but this is a few reasons on why he is dead. Who was looking out for Jonathan? He was placed in harms way by the life style of these people.
unknown emotion

AOL

#12 Apr 10, 2008
just an update... ALL 4 guys are in custody, 3 were caught the other turned himself in. we found this out at the cemetary during Jonathans funeral. Now he may lay at Peace. I love you Jonathan!
Iesha Parmer

Las Vegas, NV

#13 Apr 10, 2008
"I knew both Jonathon and his older brother Jimmy. I loved them both very much. I can remember when we always met over at the gym and we played basketball. Jonathon was always full of life. He always put a smile on my face. I moved to Las Vegas from North Carolina not only but 2 months ago. Since ive been gone 2 of my friends including Jonathon have passed away and one of them is in a coma (not sure if thats changed or not). but its hard i cant believe their all gone over things that could have been prevented. I will forever miss them! To all who didnt know Jonathon personally do know this-- Jonathon was a good kid . He was an amazing kid. I am blessed to have known him and his family.

Now Ive only met his mother once but she was a nice lady.(She took me home when me and a friend were stuck at the movies) U have no right to say anything bad about her she was an amazing lady. U have ABSOLUTELY NO RIGHT ! She raised amazing kids and i thank her from the bottom of the heart to have givin me both her sons as such amazing friends.

I BLESS HIM AND HIS WHOLE FAMILY. IM PRAYING FOR YOU GUYS. R.I.P. JONATHON RUSSELL
ANDY

Mooresville, NC

#14 Apr 10, 2008
unknown emotion wrote:
Jonathan is 15 not 12. and the house he got shot at isnt the house that he was spending the night at. him and his friends walked over to hang out with the womans son and thats when everything went down. yes we all think that the reason they were shooting at that particular house was drug related, but they wernt intentionally trying to kill jonathan. as far as him being 15 and them older i dont think that is a legit argument considering when i was growing up all my friends were older than me also. at his age i was spending the night at friends house on a school night myself. and please do not bring his mother into this. shes a wonderful woman and single mother and right now she is dealing with the death of her son. it isnt her fault that he is dead so please dont make it seem that way. maybe he chose a bad crowd to be around but the kids he was spending the night with arent the ones to blame, they feel bad enough because if they wouldnt have walked over there and if he hadnt tried to protect their son he wouldnt be dead...if you could have saw the guilt and pain on their face tonight at his wake...its enough to crush anyones heart. my heart goes out to Sharon, Jimmy, and Jessica as well as it does to the kids he was with.
you no what he doesnt have parents he lives with his 9th grade brother and who the hell are you to judge him for hanging out with someone he thinks is good enough for fasmily god bless R~I~P JR
unknown emotion

AOL

#15 Apr 11, 2008
ANDY wrote:
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you no what he doesnt have parents he lives with his 9th grade brother and who the hell are you to judge him for hanging out with someone he thinks is good enough for fasmily god bless R~I~P JR
i dont know why ur replying to my comment cause it said nothing bad about Jonathan, i love jonathan very much, and he has a Mother thank you so dont say he doesnt have a parent.
Big T

Roanoke, VA

#16 Apr 11, 2008
Wow, this Matt guy is a genius!!
Kurt

Charlotte, NC

#17 Apr 11, 2008
We need to give all these thugs guns at birth then they can kill each other & the world will be better off without them.
Big T

Roanoke, VA

#18 Apr 11, 2008
Someone who knows something about this please shed some light on what was going on here. The paper says that these people robbed Hartis' house two weeks ago and now they come back to shoot everyone? What in the hell was going on here? Did the Eric kid somehow retaliate for the robbery and this was some type of revenge for that? Was there something in the house worth shooting up evryone for?
WJN

Northbrook, IL

#19 Apr 11, 2008
ABC IN MONROE WHAT IS YOUR PROBLEM? YOU HAVE NO IDEA HOW THIS EFFECTS A FAMILY. YOUR SO CALLED GOOD KIDS MIGHT JUST BE AT SOMEONES HOME ONEDAY AND CARMA COMES BACK. I DO NOT BELIEVE IN JUDGING NO-ONE... MAY GOD HELP YOU.THE LIFESTYLE YOU SO CALLED IT, IS NOT WHAT KILLED THIS CHILD. MY KIDS ARE VERY FORTUNATE AND ALOT OF THERE SO CALLED RICH/GOOD LIFESYLE FRIENDS HAVE BEEN IN MORE TROUBLE THAN THE POOR ONES. LADY YOU HAVE ALOT OF NERVE. I AM PROBABLY KEEPING UP YOU AND YOUR KIDS IF THE TRUTH BE KNOWN. PLEASE DO NOT JUDGE PEOPLE. WHAT ARE YOU TEACHING YOUR KIDS BY DOING THAT? BLESS YOU AND YOURS
Big T

Roanoke, VA

#20 Apr 11, 2008
Would someone with a fully functioning brain and at least a 4th graders grasp of the English language please respond to my questions.

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