**********Former Dudley Panther football player Cedric Blacknall shot to death in Greensboro on Saturday night:The story on his brother Derek Blacknall, who was killed in Greensboro in 2013 by his older brother**********
We spoke with Dudley High School head football coach Steven Davis on Monday afternoon, and Coach Davis said he had been able to speak with and visit the Blacknall family, in particualar Cedric’s mom, since the death of Cedric Blacknall on Saturday night/early Sunday morning….Coach Davis said Cedric attended Elizabeth City State University and that Cedric was a scholarship football player, as a running back, for the Elizabeth City State University Vikings, of the CIAA…
After college at Elizabeth City State, Cedric had come home to Greensboro and earned his barber’s license, and he had been cutting hair for a few years now, and Cedric Blacknall was in the process of working to attain and open up his own Barber Shop….
Coach Davis said the death of Cedric Blacknall was just hard to believe…Coach Steven Davis also told us that Cedric Blacknall had always had trouble dealing with, and getting over the death, of his brother Derek Blacknall…The death of Derek was still very much so, bothering Cedric to this day….
Coach Davis said both Cedric and Derek(twins) were a big part of the Dudley Panthers’ football program, back when they played for the Panthers….Coach Davis mentioned that Cedric primarily played a running back role for the Dudley Panthers, and that Derek mainly worked as a defensive back for the Panthers…..Derek would rotate in some at RB, and Cedric would also take some snaps at DB…
Coach Steven Davis said he is very saddened by the loss of both of the Blacknall Brothers, and this entire situation is very hard to believe and to understand…..
The former Dudley Panthers football player, Cedric Blacknall, was shot to death in Greensboro on Saturday night…Both Cedric and his brother Derek Blacknall, were running backs and defensive backs for the Dudley Panthers’ football team, back in the late 2000’s…
They were twins, they played football for the Dudley Panthers together, and they did most everything together and now, they are both gone…Both of the Blacknall brothers victims of murder…Cedric was shot to death last night and Derek was killed by his brother, Darren Blacknall, back in 2013…
Sure do hate this for the Dudley Football Family and our thoughts and prayers go out to all of them tonight/this evening…**********
++++++++++We remember them on the James B. Dudley High School football team together, and now they are both gone…
Cedric and Derek Blacknall:RIP
(We announced the football games of both of these young men on radio back in their days with Dudley, and wrote quite a bit about them here on this GreensboroSports.com website…Our estimations have Cedric Blacknall at around 30-31 years old.)
Dudley PA announcer Skip McCall called out those names, Cedric and Derek Blacknall, many times over the years, at James B. Dudley High School….
from WXII TV 12 News:
A Greensboro man was arrested for murder in the shooting death of a 31-year-old man Sunday morning.
Police said Franklin Lamonte Young Jr., 37, is charged with first-degree murder and is being held in the Guilford County Jail without bail.
The Greensboro Police Department responded to a shooting in the 1600 block of Textile Drive.
When they arrived, they located Cedric Dwayne Blacknall, 31, of Greensboro, with gunshot wounds. He later died from his injuries, police said.
More from www.myfox8.com:
GREENSBORO, N.C. — Police arrested a suspect and started a homicide investigation after a man was shot and killed in Greensboro on Sunday, according to a Greensboro Police Department news release.
At 3:20 a.m., police responded to a shooting in the 1600 block of Textile Drive.
When they arrived, they found Cedric Dwayne Blacknall, 31, of Greensboro, suffering from a gunshot wound. He succumbed to his injuries later in the day Sunday.
The Dudley Panther family mourns the lost of former star Runningback Cedric Blacknall . Cedric starred along side his twin brother Derek from 2003-2006 for the Dboyz. https://t.co/yBbLU4T0KM
— Dudley Football (@DBoyzFootball) June 15, 2020
++++++++++A key point to remember:A Go Fund Me Page has been set up for Cedric Blacknall…Led by Mike Benton and Keith Lee…
Family and friends,
As we sit in disbelief over the passing of Ced, one may find it tough to deal with the pain from the loss. To help, let’s reminisce on our good thoughts about our friend. Let’s remember Ced for the many roles he played in our lives. Ced wasn’t just a father, son or a cousin. He was also our brother, best friend, barber, and running back you’d give the ball to when you needed a touchdown.
Through all the negativity around us, let’s come together and show support for our friend and his family.
All donations will go to Ced’s mom, Ms. Bass.
from back in 2013, when Derek Blacknall was murdered:
Tough times and people are taking it hard:The death of Derek Blacknall(Dudley HS/ECU)
Posted by Andy Durham on December 10, 2013
People that follow the local sports circles are really taking this one hard today…Just learned of Derek Blacknall’s death while at lunch this afternoon and I remember Derek and Cedric Blacknall from their days with the Dudley Panthers’ football team and Derek later was a regular as a defensive back for the East Carolina Pirates….Big blow to the Dudley Panther football community to lose a young man, who was like a brother to all that he came in contact with…Hard to forget Derek and Cedric in that Dudley backfield back in the day…..
GREENSBORO, N.C. — Police have arrested and charged a man for the murder of his brother Monday night at a home.
Officers say they arrived at a home on Willard Street around 10 p.m. and found 24-year-old Derek Blacknall suffering from a wound he received during a dispute.
EMS took Blacknall to a local medical facility where he was later pronounced dead.
According to ECU’s website, Blacknall – a Dudley High School graduate – played on the ECU football team from 2008-2011.
Police have arrested the victim’s brother, 30-year-old Darren Blacknall, who lives in the same residence. Darren Blacknall has been charged with first degree murder.
The investigation is ongoing.
*****from the East Carolina athletics web site on Derek at Dudley:
High School: A four-year letterman and three-year starter who starred as a safety and cornerback for Dudley High School … Earned 2006 Triad 3-A Conference Defensive Player-of-the-Year honors after netting 61 tackles, nine pass deflections, a pair of sacks and seven interceptions as a senior … Booked 62 stops and three interceptions for the Panthers as a junior … Filled special teams role as one of program’s top returners, bringing back two kickoffs for touchdowns in 2005 … Wrapped up prep career with three interception returns for scores … Responded positively to perhaps toughest assignment of career, holding North Carolina’s top-rated receiver Dwight Jones (Cummings HS) to only 53 reception yards … Coach was Steven Davis … Ranked No. 56 on the ESPN Recruit Tracker among all national cornerbacks … Has recorded a time of 4.4 in the 40-yard dash … Possesses a 29.0? vertical leap … Also earned three letters as a track standout, competing primarily in the 100-meter, 200-meter and relay events.*****
What people were saying here at the site after the death of Derek Blacknall:
Terrible Loss said,
My hearts go out to the Dudley family and to the immediate family for the loss of one of their own, Derek Blacknall. Derek and his twin brother Cedric, were standout Football players at Dudley who graduated in 2007(i think). Derek went on to be a standout at ECU. Derek was stabbed and killed last night by his older brother during a domestic dispute.
Cedric and Derek were my teammates ever since the 6th grade. my heart is heavy I cant believe this has happened to a great young man. I feel so bad for Cedric. he lost two brothers last night. one to eternity and a greater place. and the other one to life behind bars. Prayers go up to all my fellow Dudley Panthers who are truly impacted by this tragic loss and especially Cedric and Ms. Diane. Players/prayers for the Bass/Blacknall Family
As a neighborhood friend, his grandmother babysat me. Derek and Cedric played football for Lincoln/Hairston Middle and Dudley High while I stood on the sidelines as a cheerleader. I kept in touch with Derek over the past year as I soon left for deployment. We kept in touch through email. Inspirationally keeping my spirits lifted Derek reminded me “Dont change for Nothing”. I love you Derek. My condolences to the Bass/Blacknall family.
I don’t know either but it truly saddens me, because I have a daughter 21 and son 30 both Page students and to lose either one of them to such a tragedy is so painful ,the pain left behind for the family to endure . Violence is not the answer to any problem just WALK AWAY. I PRAY FOR OUR YOUNG PEOPLE EVERYDAY TO WAKE UP .TOMORROW IS NOT PROMISED AS WE ALL SEE