• Victim’s mother speaks out.
By MELODY BROWN-PEYTON
Of The Record Staff
The North Carolina State Medical Examiner’s Office has released its findings in the death of 24-yearold De’Vante Saquan Tart of Edgerton Street, Dunn. According to the autopsy report, Mr. Tart died of a penetrating gunshot wound to the back of the head. Mr. Tart’s father, Tony Covington, went to Dunn Police to report him missing Saturday, Nov 5.
His body was later discovered in Spring Lake near a fence of a vacant apartment complex.
Spring Lake Police believe Mr. Tart was shot elsewhere and taken to the vacant apartment building. Police say Mr. Tart was pronounced dead at the scene. According to a missing person’s report from Dunn Police, Mr. Tart’s family said they received information Mr. Tart was shot early Friday morning on Nov. 4 on East Harnett Street. Dunn Police have responded a number of times to this location regarding shootings.
Spring Lake Police issued firstdegree murder warrants for 18-year-old Devante Shamar Watson, who goes by the street name “Flip,” and 31-year-old Glenn Warren, who goes by the street name “Unique.” Both are from Spring Lake. Police consider both men to be armed and dangerous.
Investigators say Mr. Tart’s murder was not random and he was familiar with the suspects. According to police, it appears Mr. Tart’s death could be gang related.
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mother, spoke of his loving personality and how everyone remarked on his deep dimples. Mr. Tart’s mother described him as being outgoing and someone with a big heart who would help anyone.
During Mr. Tart’s middle school days he was an outstanding football player at Dunn Middle School.
Ms. Singleton is overwhelmed with grief as Spring Lake Police continue to search for the two men who they say are responsible for his death.
“Christmas was a difficult time, because my baby was not here,” she said.
His favorite dish during Christmas was pecan pie.
Ms. Singleton said it has been frustrating that no arrests have been made.
“Everyone loved De’Vante. I don’t understand why someone would do this to him. He was very loving and caring,” Ms. Singleton said.
At the age of 3, De’Vante had open heart surgery. His mom said doctors could not believe how fast he recovered, and were impressed with the healthy life he went on to live while being active in football.
Mr. Tart was given the nickname “Potato Bug” from his aunt, Veleria McNeil, because he was small when he was a baby. The name would change when he got older to Tada Bug.
Ms. Singleton said his death has left a void, not only in his family, but the entire community.
Ms. Singleton had become engaged and moved to Georgia a month before he was killed. She said Mr. Tart was looking to join her there to make a better life for himself. With him having a criminal record, it was a challenge for Mr. Tart to find employment, she said.
Ms. Singleton said to the suspects, “I would tell the two men who are responsible for his death to know you took away a son, brother, father and friend.” Mr. Tart is survived by a 3-year-old son, Je’Lan Armstrong.
On March 11, Mr. Tart would have turned 25.
Ms. Singleton is sending a plea for anyone with information regarding the shooting death of her son or the whereabouts of the two men who are suspected responsible to contact Spring Lake Police.
“Someone knows what happened. We need to have closure,” she said.
Deputy Bryan Konig with the U.S. Marshal’s Office in Raleigh has confirmed the U.S Marshal’s Office in Fayetteville is assisting Spring Lake Police with this investigation.
Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Devante Shamar Watson and Glenn Warren or the murder is asked to contact Spring Lake detectives at (910) 436-0350 or CrimeStoppers there at (910) 4838477.
These are photos of De’Vante Tart provided by his mother, Shelia Singleton. At far right he is with his son. She said people loved his dimples.