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Greensboro Man Arrested And Charged In Brother's Murder

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GREENSBORO, N.C. -- A Greensboro man is accused of murdering his brother.

Greensboro Police arrived at a home on Willard Street around 10 p.m. on Monday 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.

Police say he was stabbed by his older brother, 30-year-old Darren Blacknall.

Blacknall has been charged with first degree murder.

WFMY News 2's Morgan Hightower checked Darren Blacknall's criminal record.

Court documents show he was charged with Simple Assault in 2006 - and the victim listed was Dereck.

Those charges were dismissed by deferred prosecution. That means Darren must have completed certain requirements set by the court to have those charges dropped.

Court records show Darren has been found guilty of Larceny, Possession of Marijuana, Injury to Real Property, Resisting Public Officer, Assault on a Female and Shoplifting.

He spent 45 days in jail back in 2008 for Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. 

Authorities have been called to his home on Willard Street more than 30 times since 2007. Ten of those calls were in reference to a domestic dispute.

Derek Blacknall was just 24-years-old.

His neighbors described him as quiet and polite.

"They're a good family. I've never had any problems out of them," explained Billy Jones, a neighbor.

Jones added, "It's tragic. You know it hurts. I lost my own son a year ago and I understand that pain that Diane, his mother is going through. And now she's basically losing two sons in this."

Derek played football at Dudley High School and went on to play at East Carolina University from 2008 to 2011.

ECU's football coach released the following statement about Derek's death:

"East Carolina University and the Pirate Nation has sadly lost a member of our football family with the tragic passing of Derek Blacknall. Derek was well-liked and respected by his teammates and coaches, and I feel blessed we shared a passion for this program and the game itself. We offer our thoughts and prayers to his family and everyone who mourns his loss at this time."

Greensboro Police, WFMY News 2

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