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A family is still mourning the loss of their son, 25-year-old Marquil Cooper, who was shot and killed on January 5, 2017, at his Myrtle Wood Court home in Jacksonville.

The investigation into the death of Marquil Cooper has not been a priority for the Jacksonville Police Department. The person responsible for killing Cooper, his then-girlfriend DeAnginique Smith, and her young children were the only people occupying the home at the time. Smith and Cooper were upstairs when the incident happened while Smith’s children were downstairs.

DeAnginique Smith

The autopsy report confirmed that the death of Cooper was a homicide.

Shannon Cooper, Marquil Cooper’s mother, his father, Eugene Spicer, and their family waited six months hoping that forensics would reveal the identity of their son’s murder. Shannon Cooper met with Assistant District Attorney Jamie Askins in July only be told that no one would be charged for Cooper’s death at that time.

Nearly a year later, Marquil Cooper is still without justice.

Cooper was killed with a (9mm) handgun, which was found in his left hand. Askins told his mother that there was an unknown fingerprint on the weapon. Those fingerprints have yet to be tested, nearly a year later.

DeAnginique Smith, who had previously been charged with assault with a deadly weapon for stabbing a man, told police that she and Marquil were involved in an altercation where they tussled over the gun and she had to hit him with a computer keyboard to protect herself.

DeAnginique Smith

When the items Smith claimed she used were tested, no DNA was found. Pictures taken at the crime scene indicated that Smith didn’t use a keyboard to protect herself from Cooper.

Smith had no defensive wounds, or any other marks on her body, that would be indicative of a physical altercation. She was not tested for gunshot residue either.

News In Onslow reached out to several of Smith’s friends who described her as a violent woman. They also brought up the aforementioned charges against her in the stabbing of Darnell Shepard.

Marquil Cooper’s family is asking for answers as to why no one has been charged in the death of their loved one.

Shannon and Eugene said that their son was a very kind and loving man, but when he made plans to leave a volatile relationship riddled with domestic violence, he was shot and killed.

Officials say DeAnginique Smith’s children stated that she kicked the gun under the bed but when police arrived on the scene, the gun was in Marquil’s non-dominant hand.

Smith’s children also stated she warned them that if they told anyone what happened, that she would get in trouble and would be taken away from them. Sources close to this investigation tell News In Onslow, that Smith’s story changed everytime they spoke to her.

After Smith killed Marquil, she went to get help but waited until after she changed. She hid the clothes that she had on during the incident and her children told police that she went straight into the closet to change after Marquil was killed.

The woman who murdered this man who only wanted out of their violent relationship is DeAnginique Smith. The autopsy confirmed that the cause of death was homicide. The crime scene was staged, by her, to look as if he was either killed by someone else or he committed suicide. There were no indications at the scene or on her body that an altercation occurred. Her children said she did it. The clothes she changed says she did it. The staged scene says she did it. The fact that police do not believe any of the many versions of her story says she did it. All of this evidence, which quite clearly points to her guilt, yet she is not in jail.

DeAnginique Smith knows what happened to Marquil Cooper. Police said they know for an absolute fact that she is lying about majority of her story but she is not being charged because her story coincides with Cooper’s wound.


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The “KILLER” Cave Gentleman’s club ordered to SHUT-DOWN



I said I wasn’t gonna tell anybody but I just couldn’t keep it to myself!!!


One man’s family is receiving some justice tonight after he was gunned down and killed at a local violent club in Jacksonville, The Cave Gentleman’s Club. It happened on December 22, 2017, when 39-year-old Tyrone Lamont Baileywas killed outside of the Cave club. Police say 32-year-old,Jyree Dominic Noel is responsible for Bailey’s death. Jacksonville Police say at approximately 1:57 AM early Friday morning, Dec. 22, the Jacksonville Police Department responded to a report of shots fired at the Cave located at 531 Richlands Highway. When police officers arrived, Bailey was found suffering from a gunshot wound.

News In Onslow learned earlier today, that the Cave Gentleman’s club has been ordered to shut-down by the city of Jacksonville. Insiders say that the Cave has become a danger and a threat to nearby businesses. We’ve learned that the club has been given until January 19, 2018, to close its doors for good. A couple of weeks ago, the “killer” club liquor licenses were suspended by the North Carolina ABC Commission. The suspension came after statements from witnesses and Jacksonville Police investigation following a deadly shooting at the club on December 22, 2017. Police records show the club has a violent history since spring of 2016,

The struggling owner Amy Sylvain immediately went to social media after the suspension to apologize to Bailey’s family.

The former Cave Gentleman’s Club owner, Amy Sylvain

Insiders say the altercation between Bailey and Noel allegedly started inside the club. A local DJ who was reportedly fired from 101.9 Kiss FM, Eric Blackwell also vented on social media about the shooting saying the club had no responsibility for the shooting and business there must continue.

Now, that same DJ, “DJ Blaq” is being accused of the violent club’s history since Spring of 2016, according to one employee.

Erick Blackwell known as “DJ Blaq”

Sylvain confirmed the club’s closing on social media Thursday night. “This Saturday 1/13/18 I invite everyone to come out to our farewell party,” she said in a Facebook post.

Sylvain also posted in a comment referencing the city of Jacksonville and the A.L.E. as “they,” saying she is a danger for the triangle business.

The power couple, Amy Sylvain and Eric Blackwell will no longer be business partners at the Cave. “DJ Blaq” has already announced his new venue but it is unknown if he will be dragging Sylvain with him after his career ended hers.

Amy, why did you let these people do this to your club? So smart but so stupid! Your money, mind, and emotions are in our prayers.

DJ Blaq, why did you take this woman club down? How do you have more security to protect you but not the customers? Sad!

We will keep you updated on this developing shut-down!

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Cave Gentleman’s club “skripper” arrested and charged in homicide investigation



Everything is going down including SKRIPPERS at the Cave Gentleman’s club!

A Cave Gentleman’s club “skripper” has been charged with intimidating witnesses in a deadly December shooting.

The transexual Naomi Ruth Jasper, 22, of Onslow Drive in Jacksonville was arrested by Jacksonville Police Department on Jan. 9 and charged with common law obstruction of justice and resisting a public officer.

Police say Jasper intimidated witnesses and potential witnesses before police arrived on the scene of a homicide December 22, 2017. After police arrived, Jasper allegedly provided false and misleading information to investigating officers during their investigation.

The night of December 22, 2017, is when Tyrone Lamont Bailey was killed and that’s when police say Jasper allegedly committed the crime.

Jyree Dominic Noel, 32, is the man that is charged with killing Bailey. He was arrested on December 22, 2017, and charged with an open count of murder; first-degree kidnapping; felony malicious conduct by prisoner; resisting a public officer; assault on a government official or employee; altering, stealing or destroying criminal evidence; felony possession of marijuana; and two counts of felony trafficking cocaine.

Jasper’s first court appearance was scheduled for today. She appeared before District Court Judge James Moore where she was then assigned Steven Laird as her court-appointed attorney. Jasper’s next court date is scheduled for Jan 31.

Jasper bonded out of the Onslow County Jail hours after her arrest Tuesday on a $10,000 bond. The relationship Jasper have with Noel is unknown.

Jacksonville Police said they are unable to release additional information regarding this ongoing and open investigations. Detectives are actively following up on any and all leads in the case.

Here are Jasper’s arrest warrant:

Jasper is an employee at the Cave Gentleman’s club but the status of her employment is unknown at this time.

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BREAKING NEWS: Partially decomposed body identified as missing woman since Dec.4



News In Onslow reported to you first this story on January 9, 2017 after the family of missing 22-year-old Shelby Brianne Brown told us that they believed the partially decomposed body found by teenagers was hers.

On December 31, 2017, the Onslow County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of a body being discovered in the Thomas Humphrey Road area of Jacksonville. The deceased was that of a white female, according to a press release. An autopsy was conducted by the State Medical Examiner in Greenville, North Carolina on Monday, January 8, 2018. A cause of death has been determined but is not being released to the public pending the active criminal investigation.

Based on information obtained through the investigation and results of the autopsy, the deceased has been identified as Shelby Brianne Brown, 22 years old. Brown was reported missing on January 3, 2018 by her mother. The report was that Shelby Brown was last seen on December 3, 2017 in Sneads Ferry, N.C. and was possibly in the Jacksonville area on the night of December 4, 2017.

Additional information will be released as it becomes available.

This case is being investigated as a homicide. The Sheriff’s Office is asking for anyone that may have any information on Shelby Brown’s activities and associates to report them. Information can be reported to the Onslow County Sheriff’s Office at 910-455-3113, Detective Curlee at, Detective Lieutenant Scott at or Crime Stoppers at 910-938-3273. Please refer to case 2018-000165 when calling.

Crime Stoppers offers cash reward of up to $2,500 for information that is deemed of value or assistance to law enforcement. Information can also be anonymously texted via Text-A-Tip by typing TIP4CSJAX and your message to 274637 (CRIMES). Callers to Crime Stoppers may remain anonymous and never have to reveal their identity.

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