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5 people charged after Grandin Village beating

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Khalil Marquise Taylor along with four others allegedly beat an 18-year-old with a bat in Grandin Village. Khalil Marquise Taylor along with four others allegedly beat an 18-year-old with a bat in Grandin Village.
Jermaine Peavey is charged with malicious wounding after he allegedly participated in Matt's beating. Jermaine Peavey is charged with malicious wounding after he allegedly participated in Matt's beating.
ROANOKE (WSLS) - Five people have now been arrested and charged after a Roanoke 18-year old was beaten by a baseball bat Sunday night, according to the Roanoke Police Department.

People in the community have been concerned this is gang activity, but police say the suspects don't meet the requirements to be labeled as a criminal street gang.

Officers were called to the 1300 block of Grandin Road SW for a fight just before 11:30 p.m. Sunday. They found the victim seriously injured and took him to the hospital.

Police say the two groups involved in the fight in front of Roanoke Natural Food Co-Op knew each other and the fight was about drugs and theft. But the victim, who was severely beaten, wasn't a part of it, saying he was in the wrong place at the wrong time.

The victim, Matt, says he only wanted to be identified by his first name. He talked exclusively with WSLS. He has two black eyes, multiple facial fractures and broken teeth.

"You just wasted so many years of your life for someone you don't even know. That's all I can say. I wouldn't press charges if they wouldn't have used the bat. I wouldn't have cared," said Matt who added he was in Grandin Village when he saw a group of people causing trouble. "They were going to try and rob them basically and I didn't let it happen. I said 'No you're not going to do this'. I stood in front of them and they all threatened to fight me."

Musician Eric Michael Larsen was playing just feet away.

"As the kids left they did say 'We're coming back, I'm going to kill you," said Larsen.

The group returned and this time Matt says they had a baseball bat.

"When everyone was packing up to leave, a green van pulled up and four bikes rolled up, they let four to five people out of the van," said Matt.

"He was standing right here and the boy came around and you could hear the crack, you could hear the shatter. It sounded like a home run hit. It was terrible," said Larsen who tried to break up the fight. "That first hit could've killed him. It was grace and bad aim that saved that boy's life."

Matt spent three days in the hospital and still has double vision.

"When I saw him I just busted out in tears. You don't want to see your son like that," said Bobbie, his mother who also asked to be identified only by first name. "Grandin's a good neighborhood. You wouldn't think someone would get attacked."

She calls her son's story heartbreaking.

"We need our community to come together understand that say we're not going to tolerate this. You cannot act like this," said Bobbie.

The following people have been arrested:
  • Jermaine Peavy, 19, from Roanoke charged with malicious wounding
  • Khalil Taylor, 19, from Roanoke charged with malicious wounding by mob
  • One juvenile charged with malicious wounding
  • 2 juveniles charged with malicious wounding by mob
Police say the investigation is on going and are expected to release more information later today.

You can view the Roanoke Police Department's full press release and description of the events here: http://ftpcontent5.worldnow.com/wsls/newsdocuments/grandinpressrelease.pdf

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