Two Ft. Bragg soldiers charged with murder
SPRING LAKE, N.C. (AP) -- 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 Pvt. Sebastian Gamez, 20, of Hidalgo, Texas, and Spc. Christopher Blackett, 20, of Vista, Calif., 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.
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 Jr., 17, was found 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."
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, Stewart told WRAL-TV.
"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," she said. "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."