Mother of slain teenager speaks out after more arrests in her son’s case

KINSTON, N.C. (WNCT) –  Over a dozen arrests have been made in a 2016 Kinston murder, but police are still searching for three more suspects.

The latest in custody are Shaquille Moore, Jonta Garner, and Jaquel Dixon. They’re charged with the murder of 18-year-old Antonio Hines.

It happened near Bill Faye Park in June 2016.

18-year-old Antonio Hines had dreams of going to the Marines. His brother now wants to follow in his footsteps, and his little sisters just want to make him proud.

But for his mother especially, the grieving process is never really over.

“I always think about him,” said Stephanie White. “I keep feeling sad, and I keep crying, but it just keeps coming to me.”

The only saving grace she knows is justice could be on the way.

“I am mad because of the decision they decided to take,” White said. “I always say to myself what possibly could he have done to make you hurt him like that.”

White knew one of the suspects who has been arrested.

“One of them went to church with me,” said White. “It just hurts. It hurts when you think somebody is I guess supposed to be a friend of yours, but they always riding with somebody else.”

For White, the grieving process continues, despite the arrests.

“I’m hurt and I’m glad that they are finally collecting up people that they need to get,” explains White

It may not be today or tomorrow, but she has faith she’ll get past this and see her baby again.

“I believe in my Lord, and he said we have to forgive, and I know it’ll take time for me to say “OK,” but it’s just not right,” White said.

White has other children. Antonio was the oldest. When asked if she has considered moving, she replied with a strong “No.” First, she wants to see justice for her child, and she doesn’t want to leave him alone.

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