Nearly two years after Rasheive DaShawn Ray of Clayton was shot to death, three people have been charged in his killing.
On Oct. 27, 2011, Smithfield police responded to a call at 413 Collier St. They found Ray dead of a gunshot wound. He was 18.
On Monday, police arrested the following:
• Gregory Devon Obey, 29, of 111 Campbell St., Smithfield, who is charged with first-degree murder.
• Antwon Quartez Obey, 28, of 112 Rock Edge Lane, Smithfield, first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder.
• Calvin Dwight Mitchell, 27, of 206 N. Fifth St. Smithfield, accessory after the fact of first-degree murder.
All three are already in prison after other convictions. Mitchell is serving up to 60 years in prison for trafficking in cocaine. Gregory Obey is serving up to 45 years in prison, also for drug crimes. Antwon Obey is in jail awaiting trial on drug conspiracy charges.
Smithfield Police Lt. Keith Powell said the department worked with the State Bureau of Investigation to solve the case. Police received information during the investigation that led to the three, he said.
Antwaun Ray, Rasheive Ray’s father, said the charges came as a relief. “We were really barking up the right tree the whole time,” he said.
After his son’s death, Ray said, someone told him the Obey brothers did it. But Ray said he understands why it took two years to arrest anyone.
“You just can’t bring somebody to court, because with a murder, you only have one chance to prove it,” he said. “If you blow a trial with a murder, you can’t come back and convict these guys with murder. I really do understand why the police had to wait so long to figure this out.”
But the wait was painful, Ray said. Even though he suspected the Obey brothers, he could not know for sure who the killer was.
“It’s been troubling for me to be anywhere,” Ray said. “In Wal-Mart, I could be standing in line with my son’s killer.”
Ray said people began to come forward with information after the Obey brothers were arrested for other charges.
Rasheive left behind two children, his father said. Rasheive had a son, who is now about 2, and a daughter, who is about 15 months old, he said. Both were born after their father’s death. Rasheive also left behind two younger brothers.
Rasheive had gotten into some trouble before his death. In 2010, he was convicted of common-law robbery and conspiracy to commit a robbery and received an eight-month jail term, according to court records. In January 2009, police charged Ray in a shooting outside of Clayton High School. He pleaded guilty to being an accessory after the fact and was put on probation.
But both cases were in his past, his father said. At the time he was shot, he was working for his father’s company, Custom Image Pressure Washing.
“My son was doing really good for about two months,” his father said. “He was preparing, saving. I could see the maturity my son had reached. He was really adamant about doing what he had to do for his son.”
Antwaun Ray said his son made an impact on a lot of people before his death. So many people came to his funeral that some had to wait outside the church, he said.
“It's been really painful to go through a situation like this with a child who loses his life at such a young age,” he said. “He just had so many things he wanted to do, so many things he talked about.”
Colin Campbell contributed reporting.