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Two held in Clarksville shooting death

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Hylton / July 24, 2019
Two suspects — one a recent high school graduate, the other a youth under the age of 18 — have been charged in the July 17 shooting death of Anthony Raekwon Roberts of Clarksville, who turned 20 this month.

Clarksville Police arrested Hayleigh Hylton of Brodnax and an unnamed juvenile following the Wednesday, July 17 shooting that claimed the life of Roberts. The shooting took place on Seventh Street in town, Clarksville Police Sgt. Tim Garner confirmed.

Roberts turned 20, July 4.

Hylton, a 2019 graduate of Park View High School, has been charged as an accessory to second degree murder. Charges against the juvenile have not been disclosed.

Hylton is being held at Meherrin River Regional Jail pending her initial court appearance on Aug. 12 at 10 a.m. in Boydton.

Commonwealth’s Attorney Allen Nash said it will be up to a judge to determine if the juvenile suspect will be charged and tried as an adult.

If convicted of the accessory charge, Hylton would face a prison sentence of at least five years and up to 40 years in a state penitentiary under sentencing guidelines. Police sources say additional charges may be forthcoming.

According to court records, she is being represented by R. Clinton Clary Jr. of Lawrenceville.

Details of the incident remain scant, but Sgt. Garner said that Roberts had been visiting with family at his grandmother’s house in Clarksville and had left the residence moments before he was shot. So far, police say they have no motive for the shooting, which remains under investigation.

Friends and family took to social media this week to share their sorrow and disbelief in the wake of Roberts’ death. Several posted musical and video tributes to the aspiring young rapper. At least one friend shared his promise to move forward with plans to “drop [Roberts’] music videos” of him rapping.

They described the man they called “Rae,” “Rae-Rae,” “Hønchø Saitama” and “Jake Steed Jr.” as kind and lovable, and as someone who enjoyed basketball and spending time with his family.

A funeral for Roberts will take place at 11 a.m. today at Rocky Mount Baptist Church in Skipwith. He is survived by his mother and father and numerous other relatives.

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