Friends, family mourn young couple killed in Raleigh shooting

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RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) — Friends and family are mourning the loss of a Wake County couple who died in a shooting in Raleigh early Friday morning.


The shooting happened around 1:40 a.m. near New Bern Avenue and Trawick Road and left a 21-year-old Apex woman and a 22-year-old Raleigh man dead.

Khadijah Shantell Carney, 21, of Apex, was found in a car at the scene of the shooting. She was transported to WakeMed where she died from gunshot wounds, police said.

Rakim Marquis Lofton, 22, of Raleigh, who was Carney’s boyfriend, was pronounced dead at the scene.

A 911 caller at the scene said a Mitsubishi Galant car with a person inside was nearby with its hazard lights blinking. The 911 caller also said a man was lying in the road with a gunshot wound and gun near him.

Authorities have not released information about a possible suspect, but did say Friday afternoon that the “investigation of the incident remains underway.”

Police also said that because of the “highly-visible nature of the crime scene,” detectives think there could be people who heard or saw things that they have not yet shared with police.

Over the weekend, friends and family of the couple posted many messages on social media about the pair.

“Nothing could have prepared the family and friends for what took place, but we hold to our faith and belief in a loving God that will sustain and strengthen us during this time,” wrote Carney’s grandfather, Bishop Stanley Carney, on a website.

Carney, who worked at Walmart, was a 2012 graduate of Panther Creek High School and had attended Wake Technical Community College, according to her Facebook profile.

“There are no words to express the joy that everyone who encountered this beautiful spirit was blessed to experience. Khadijah touched lives and left countless memories that loved ones will hold dear for a lifetime,” her grandfather wrote.

Lofton was a 2011 graduate of Sanderson High School and in the past worked at Food Lion and Mattress Warehouse, according to his Facebook profile.

Carney and Lofton listed themselves as being in a relationship in late March, according to Facebook.

Nathan Viverette, a close friend of Lofton’s, wrote on Facebook about their middle school experiences and his friendship with Lofton.

“It’s hard to believe this is how your life ends. Rest in eternal happiness. Please stop killing each other. We are brothers!” Viverette wrote.

Another friend from school also said Lofton would be missed.

“Went to high school with him and always made everyone laugh, just a good guy. It’s really sad to see such a young man and girl be killed!!” wrote Siera Monique.

A GoFundMe page for Carney has been set up by her father to help raise money for the family.

Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call Raleigh CrimeStoppers at (919) 834-HELP or visit for text and email reporting options.

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