Teen charged with murder in drive-by shooting that killed Southern Pines girl

CARTHAGE, N.C. (WNCN) — Southern Pines police on Sunday arrested a 16-year-old boy in the murder of a 12-year-old girl who was killed in a broad-daylight drive-by shooting on Friday afternoon.


A 3-year-old was also hurt in the shooting and is now in stable condition after undergoing surgery, police said.

UPDATE: Moment of silence, balloons released for Southern Pines girl killed in drive-by shooting

Montice Tyree McManus, 16, of  Southern Pines, was arrested and charged with murder and assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury.

McManus has been confined to the Guilford County Jail in High Point with no bond pending a November 22 court appearance.

Another suspect, 20-year-old Malik Rashad Crawford, was arrested on Saturday night and is charged with accessory after the fact.

Jalinda Campbell, 12, and Kyleigh Graham, 3, were sitting on a porch outside the apartment where they both lived when the shooting happened on Friday, according to police. The shooting took place at about 3:49 p.m. at 714 West Michigan Avenue, police said.

Montice Tyree McManus
Montice Tyree McManus

Crawford, whose address is the Super 8 Motel in Aberdeen, is being held on a $300,000 bond.

More than 200 people attended a vigil at a Southern Pines home on Saturday evening to remember Jalinda.

A photo of Jalinda was placed on a chair and surrounded by candles and a Teddy bear and butterfly.

“Family is a bond that has been broken that will never be put back together,” said Jalinda’s dad, Greg Harris.  “She would be the daughter that anyone would be proud of.”

Malik Rashad Crawford
Malik Rashad Crawford

Police said the shooting was not random and people at the home knew the shooter. Police also said the investigation revealed that the drive-by-shooting had an intended target, but both victims were innocent bystanders.

Southern Pines police detectives are still investigating. Anyone with information is asked to call the Southern Pines Police Department at (910) 692-7031 or the Crime Tip Line at (910) 693-4110.

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