Posted: 6:21 pm Tuesday, May 20th, 2014

Arrest made in murder of Roddy White’s brother 

By D. Orlando Ledbetter

A person has been arrested and charged with murder in the shooting of the brother of Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Roddy White outside a South Carolina nightclub, according to Charleston, S.C. police.

Darnell Lafayette, 23, was arrested on Tuesday Charleston County chief deputy Mitch Lucas told the Associated Press.

The police are still looking for a motive. Officials said Lafayette walked up to Tyrone Moore Jr., 21, White’s half-brother, and fired three times, with two of the bullets striking the victim.

An argument is believed to have led to the shooting outside the Lake House Club south of Charleston.

Lafayette is currently in jail.

White, who has not commented about the murder and has not returned several calls to his cell phone, spent Saturday night in Atlanta with teammates after learning of the shooting.

He left for Charleston on Sunday to join family members at his mother Joenethia’s house. The family declined several interview requests from the local media.

Falcons coach Mike Smith talked with White before he left.

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to Roddy and his family,” Smith said on Sunday. “It’s a difficult time for Roddy, but he’s had a lot of support. I’ve spoken with Roddy and I know that he was with some of his team mates last night. We’re here to support him, but I know it’s difficult for the entire White family.”

Lafayette has a long criminal history,
according to the Charleston Post and Courier.

Lafayette has convictions dating back to June 2008 for unlawfully carrying a firearm and cocaine possession. His latest came in June 2013, when he was jailed on a charge of malicious injury to personal property.

In August 2008, he arrested in an armed robbery, but the charges against him were dropped.

Charleston County deputies were involved in each of his nine arrests.

56 comments
TruthReallyHurts
TruthReallyHurts

@stendec: I guess you are another one of those racist Neanderthals with limited intelligence who uses stories and blogs like these to spew your inane opinions. Would you people please stop breeding?

stendec
stendec

Karma is a betch huh Roddy? Live by the lying racist mouth...

TruthReallyHurts
TruthReallyHurts

@Homtown DieHard and @HistoryofMatt:


The question is not whether or not violence is an issue in the Black community because it is, and there are plenty of us out here trying to do any little thing we can to address the problem (like raise respectful, responsible Black kids, while mentoring others). 


No, the issue here is why racists like you two try to take advantage of any and every opportunity to point fingers.  Case in point is this article about an Atlanta Falcon who is hurting. There was no need for neither of your rants.  There's plenty of room for you both on other sites, like FOXNews, Hannity, Beck, Brightbardt, and the insipid list goes on and on and on.


And please don't tell me you jump at the chance to make your points on violence in the Black community because you care so much about us.  You do so, in fact, because you are racists and it make you feel good about yourselves.  Deny it all you want.  But if it walks, talks, quacks and posts racist drivel like a duck, then you call it what it is. If you do care so much, take a nice selfie at the next anti-violence protest march you attend (don't worry, there will be a handful of white folks there who really do care, so you won't feel out of place).


Also, any thoughts on why the vast majority of the pedofiles and child molesters, as well as serial killers and mass murderers in this country are white males?  Check the FBI crime stats there too.  As I stated previously, funny how you don't see Black folks jumping at the chance to rant about that whenever the ajc or any other news outlet posts yet another story about some sicko who's been arrested for child porn, or goes nuts and shoots up a school of innocent children.





Beau1500
Beau1500

Nine arrests and the dude is still walking around with a gun in his hand??  I know who I would blame.

Hometown DieHard
Hometown DieHard

Actually @HistoryofMatt is completely correct.  If you are finding racist intent in his words then that is you being ignorant.  In a study conducted by the FBI over a 28 year period from 1980-2008, violent crimes were committed by African Americans at a rate of nearly 8-1 compared to whites, per capita with respect to racial population.


Further and perhaps more disturbing, According to the FBI Uniform Crime Reports, in the year 2008 black youths, who make up 16% of the youth population in the country, accounted for 52% of juvenile violent crime arrests.  


In other words, black juveniles made up barely one seventh of the total juvenile community in the US, yet committed more than HALF the violent crimes.  That's not racist, that's just plain fact.  And you can't fix a problem if you insist it doesn't exist.

Mountain man
Mountain man

I will be praying for Roddy and his family But do you think Roddy is thinking about what he said a few months back.about they should kill them self. I and others remember. That is why he is not saying anything.

Rory_Bellows
Rory_Bellows

 White, who has not commented about the murder and has not returned several calls to his cell phone, spent Saturday night in Atlanta with teammates after learning of the shooting.


So you called him several times to ask him what? To say what?


What do you think he might say that is print worthy? Why do you even bother him? 


You do not seem to have any regard for others. Give the guy a break. 

Quackmeyer
Quackmeyer

Bellaamena.......What do you say to a good neighbor or friend that you have known forever tells you that they are gun owners.  Are they now members of the culture of violence?  Do you turn your back on these fine people you have been associated with and paint them with the same broad brush you used in your comment?

tyger
tyger

According to the US Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) non-Hispanic blacks accounted for 39.4% of the total prison and jail population in 2009 (841,000 black males and 64,800 black females out of a total of 2,096,300 males and 201,200 females).


For those that cant read or do math, 60% of US prison population is not BLACK.

58Supersports
58Supersports

Prayers for family  and  RIP Tyrone.......

TruthReallyHurts
TruthReallyHurts

Sad that racists like "Matt" use any and every opportunity to criticize the Black community, as if it is some monolithic entity. Funny how you never see/read Black folks commenting in droves every time a story about yet another white child molester/pornographer is posted on ajc.com.

midtowncowboy
midtowncowboy

If there are eye witnesses, the guy should be tried within 6 weeks and executed with 10 weeks.  This BS would stop if justice was administered swift and harshly in such obvious cases.

Bellaamena
Bellaamena

Any culture that glorifies guns is a culture of violence. Just ask the NRA and their cultural contributions.  Condolences to the White family and to everyone who has lost someone to gun violence.

AtlantaAvenger
AtlantaAvenger

I'm sorry to hear about Tyrone. I'm sure it was something completely retarded as to why he was shot, too. Someone looked at the other guy wrong maybe. That happens with blacks a lot. They go nuts over the dumbest stuff-not that they have a monopoly on that tho. As Matt pointed out facts are facts. Blacks do most of the crimes in the US and per capita blacks are by far the ones causing the most trouble. It seems most of them are armed and have no cumpunction about shooting someone. That's not racism that's the truth. It seems to be getting worse though no black leaders will ever mention it. My prayers go to the White family.

ctfalconsfan
ctfalconsfan

My deepest condolences to Roddy and the entire White family on the passing of Tyrone..

RIP Tyrone Moore Jr..

HistoryofMatt
HistoryofMatt

As Boortz would say, "Culture of violence."


When an entire culture does not value human life, these are the things that happen.


What a senseless loss of life... what a hateful act... what a waste of countless years of  potential from this young man.


African American culture must stop allowing itself to be led around by the nose by those who continue to enable this horror... the Sharptons and the Jacksons of the world... the Democrats who play the blame game to get their votes but create nothing but more economic dependence with their programs designed to keep minorities in perpetual poverty. It's hard work to take responsibility instead of placing blame, but it's the only way to turn this downward spiral around.


Value life. Value education. Value the family unit.

PaddyO
PaddyO

@TruthReallyHurts lets see, serial killers are what % of number of murders? 6% perhaps?  there is too much violence in the black community. It is up to those affected by it to make changes in their lifestyle

TheRealJay
TheRealJay

@Hometown DieHard @HistoryofMattDo your stats tell you why a white male would go into a elementary school and kill children?  Do your stats tell you why a white male would go into a mall and kill strangers? Do your stats tell you why a white male would enter a movie theater and kills random strangers? Do your stats tell you why a caucasian male would plant a bomb in a park and hurt strangers?  Do your stats tell you why a caucasian male would drop bombs at a public event to dismember and kill anyone in the vicinity? This country is fawked up, period. The best thing you can do is serve God and do His will before your time comes. I don't understand why people like you can't read this article and simply send condolences to the family of the victim. No you have to take some holier than thou approach where you generalize thoughts about an entire race of people.


I don't need FBI stats to tell me that there is a problem of violence in many of the US communities.  What you should ask yourself is why are those stats the way they are?   Apparently you think the answer is that an entire race of people decided one day they would spend their lives doing the best they could to kill each other.

stendec
stendec

@Quackmeyer  Once guns are gone from true honest law abiding Americans slaughter WILL then commence in earnest!

notPlanB
notPlanB

@ goblue86 - Don't even bother to try to make him understand. It's like the unemployment statistics that dems use to make their fallen economy look better. I shouldn't have to explain that but many won't know. They are extremely low informed.

goblue86
goblue86

@tyger : do you understand, though, the term "per capita"?  If Black men make up 15% of the total population but 40% of the people in jail (and in violent crimes, it is much higher), it certainly means that a higher % of black men are committing (or being jailed for) crimes.

PaddyO
PaddyO

@TruthReallyHurts dude  how frequently does that happen?  Keep pumping the obfuscation all you wish.   

notPlanB
notPlanB

This country would be a better place if prison was a place people never wanted to go back to. It's just a little break for them now. They should be self supporting, raising their own food and the food for many of the schools. If you don't work, you don't eat. Liberals changed that decades ago hence, high crime rate..

PaddyO
PaddyO

@Bellaamena you are such a gullible, ignorant liberal lemming.  Keep shoveling the BS.  You think the murderer was an NRA member, do you moron?

58Supersports
58Supersports

@Bellaamena What a stupid  statement from a idiot that don't know past history. You sound like Hitler.

midtowncowboy
midtowncowboy

@Bellaamena  


Law abiding citizens belong to the NRA.  Thugs and criminals with guns do not.  Can you understand the difference?


I own 3 weapons.  I have never considered using them against another human.  STFU you ignorant, naive fool.

TheRealJay
TheRealJay

@HistoryofMatt Dude save this crap for a political article. I don't think Roddy or his family care about a culture of violence. They are just sad to have a family member murdered. Now there are plenty of very violent acts committed by all races so if anything the "culture of violence" is just US culture, but this isn't the place for that debate.

TruthReallyHurts
TruthReallyHurts

@PaddyO: no argument that there is too much violence in the Black community, and it is up to those affected by it to make changes. Absolutely correct.

But I guess you don't believe serial killers and mass shooters are a problem in our society. And I see you totally ignored the child molester/child pornographer issue. Nice going. By the way, another one was just busted down in Florida, trying to escape the country AND a huge ring of pervs that included a police officer and a rabbi was just busted up in New York. Yet, you don't see a hoard of Black folks shaking their collective fingers and acting holier than thou on the blogs. Funny how that works.

JSSN
JSSN

@stendec @Beau1500  

No, you place the blame where it actually rest. Crime, protection, and prosecution is chiefly a local issue. South Carolina, not the Feds have some explaining to do. However, we know they don't care.

HistoryofMatt
HistoryofMatt

@TheRealJay That's a straw man argument. Acts of violence do not occur in the same number per capita with any other culture, and if you were just honest and stopped being politically correct, you'd see that the facts are the facts. The facts are not prejudiced, racist, or bigoted. They are what they are. Yes, there is violence across all cultures in America. That's not what I said. But the instances of violence at the astronomical levels in which they occur in African American culture should be cause for worry. It's cultural an insidious rot, and instead of actually trying to fix it by identifying actual causes, everyone walks on eggshells about the issue before them.


And I disagree in that there's no right or wrong place to address this issue. This young man, with so much promise ahead of him, had his life taken away needlessly and horrifically.


But no one wants to talk about it. No one wants to confront it. No one wants to fix it. No one wants to change it. No one wants to actually help.


They want to ignore it. Because it's either advantageous for them to continue to ignore it, or people who do want to confront the issue are slandered as "racists" or "bigots" or "Uncle Toms" for simply stating facts in evidence of the larger problem, or stating that there's a problem in the first place.


My heart aches for the young man and his family.

blkshepherd58
blkshepherd58

@TheRealJay @HistoryofMatt Thanks you RealJay for stating the facts. Way  to go Matt,  for putting your foot in your mouth for saying a " whole culture..." Violence comes in all races as Real Jay pointed out. Least we forget it was a white male that went in to a school and murdered over 20 children and 6 adults. All white. History Matt,  go back to sleep, when you awaken from your slumber the world will have passed you by.  Wake up, its not the 19th or 20th cent. we don't have JIM CROW laws anymore.  Wake up.

stendec
stendec

@blkshepherd58  Another sheep that buys into false flag operations! You go back to sleep punk. Preferably forever!