Man shot to death at his Raleigh home

tmcdonald@newsobserver.comOctober 16, 2012 

— A disabled aspiring rap artist was shot and killed Sunday night in a Southeast Raleigh house where police were already investigating an armed robbery reported two days before.

Jose Antonio Baez, 25, of 1113 1/2 Carlisle Street, was shot in his home, south of Little John Road.

“He was shot in the neck,” Baez’s sister, Anheleta Fermin, 18, said Monday. “He pretty much died instantly.”

Two days earlier, police were called to an apartment in the house following 911 reports of an armed robbery. Doctor Aal-Nubiaimhoteppokorohamz, 27, reported that someone bashed him in the head with a handgun and then robbed him of his .40-caliber handgun, $140 in cash and an Apple MacBook Pro computer, Raleigh police spokesman Jim Sughrue said Monday.

The robbery occurred around midnight Thursday.

Tuesday night, Raleigh police arrested Dominique Marquel McLaughlin, 20, of 1204 Brighton Road, Raleigh, a Wake Tech student according to an arrest report.

After questioning at the department’s detective division, McLaughlin was charged with robbery with a dangerous weapon and assault with a deadly weapon for threatening use of a gun and held on a $103,000 bond.

Police have not announced any arrests in the homicide, nor have they said if the incidents are connected. But others close to the incidents wonder.

“They robbed my brother, but they were asking for (Baez),” said Aal-Nubiaimhoteppokorohamz’s sister, Sonja Aal-Nubia, who called 911.

Fermin said Baez went by the rapper name “Joe Dinero.” She said he was well-known in hip-hop music circles and venues that feature rap artists.

Aal-Nubia said two men showed up at her brother’s home Sunday night just before the shooting and asked a woman who answered the door for “Joe.”

The woman told the men that “Joe” lived in the apartment on the other side of the home.

The woman went to Baez’s apartment with the men and knocked on his door, Sonja Aal-Nubia said.

“They didn’t steal anything,” she said. “They came to kill him.”

Baez had recently moved with his pregnant girlfriend into the white home with light-blue shutters in the quiet, working-class neighborhood. The girlfriend, who is about seven months pregnant, was not injured by the gunfire.

Baez was 17 when he moved to Raleigh from New York with his mother and two younger sisters nearly eight years ago.

“He got kicked out of school when he got here,” Fermin said.

Fermin added that Baez did not pity himself, but worked hard to overcome his disabilities, which included blindness in one eye and a heart condition.

She described her brother as a short, wiry man who weighed about 155 pounds, “if that.”

“He used to weigh 300 pounds,” she said. “But he lost weight over the last year and a half, took his medication and worked out.”

Baez was the father of a two-year-old daughter. News researcher Peggy Neal and reporter Ron Gallagher contributed to this report

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