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Greensboro Police Say Shooting Was Domestic Violence Related

6:27 PM, Jan 8, 2013   |    comments
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Greensboro, NC -- Greensboro Police ultimately did not release more details Tuesday about what happened in a Monday morning shooting that killed a mother and her 14-year-old son. A police spokesperson said the investigation has not been able to move forward as quickly because the survivors' medical conditions have not improved enough to allow police to interview them.

Police say the bodies of Maurice Edmonds II and Sandra Palmer have been taken to Chapel Hill for autopsies. Maurice Eugene Edmonds remains in the hospital. Danielle Imani Jameison is also still hospitalized. Police have been unable to question them yet because of their medical conditions. 

Edmonds II was a basketball player at NW Guilford Middle School. The school cancelled its game Monday night. The team has not decided what to do about Thursday night's home basketball game. But, team members decided to cancel Tuesday's practice.

Rich Thomae, the principal of NW Guilford Middle School said, "Students came in the building this morning visibly crying and upset when they came in. Many of them. It was definitely that feeling across the building that it was a different day."

A team of grief counselors met with students and staff throughout the day. Thomae said many individuals in the school took advantage of the service.

Amanda Curley from The Greensboro Child Response Initiative said the grief counseling happening at the school right now is critically important. "That early follow-up will really help them deal with it better later on when it really does start sinking in. It is definitely important for parents to keep an eye out for any behavior changes and take them seriously," Curley said.

Despite all the uncertainties surrounding this case, police are calling this domestic violence.

Six months ago, Greensboro Police formed a Family Victims Unit to help fight back against domestic violence. So far, that unit has worked on about 800 cases.

Sgt. Chad Wiliams said the new unit has made a difference in the community. "It's a much more holistic approach - being to not just say, 'We're going to make an arrest.' But, if an arrest needs to be made, what other services need to be brought in - whether it be community services or private agencies," Sgt. Williams said.

Julie Rains from Family Service of Piedmont said there are key warning signs to watch out for when it comes to predicting domestic violence. The Greensboro Police Department works with the organization to help combat domestic violence.

"When you first start dating someone and they want to know where you've been and they're calling you all the time, that can feel really good, and at first, can seem really attractive. But, that is a huge red flag for what we ultimately look for in future abusive relationships," Rains said. 

Local Agencies for Crisis Support:

In addition to the links and GCS resources provided above, several local agencies are available to help provide support to parents and community members:

•Family Services of the Piedmont - 336-387-6161; http://www.familyservice-piedmont.org/
•Guilford Center - 336-641-4993; www.guilfordcenter.com
•Red Cross - 336-333-2111 (ask for Mental Health)
•United Way 211 - Call 211; http://www.unitedwaync.org/nc-2-1-1
•Mental Health Association in Greensboro - 336-373-1402; http://mhag.org/
•Youth Focus - 336-333-6853; http://www.youthfocus.org/
•Women's Resource Center - 336-275-6090; http://www.womenscentergso.org/

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