On December 29, 2018, on Helen Lane, just outside Cameron, rocked with the sound of gunfire. In the aftermath, Quentin Orlando Belk and an unnamed female were shot. Belk succumbed to his wounds, but the female victim survived.
Three men were later arrested and charged in the crime. All three remain behind bars awaiting trial.
Tuesday in Carthage, family members of one of the men charged, George Bernard Roderick, Jr., held a protest in front of the Moore County Detention Center. Roderick’s sister, Barbara Roderick Meade and Roderick’s mother, Kristi Hemming Roderick were on hand to proclaim his innocence and protest his arrest.
Also present at the protest was the victim’s mother, Jacqueline Smith. She came to the protest seeking justice for her son as she continues to grieve his death.
Both families seek to have their voices heard.
The accused, Roderick, Jr., Robert Lee Gillespie, and Kenneth Jerome Hobbs, Sr. are being held without bond and charged with murder, and attempted murder, along with other charges. They have their first court appearance Wednesday.
Article and video by Sandhills Sentinel Reporter Chris Prentice.