Mother of murdered brothers speaks out

Christine DuBose is seen at bottom right with her family in this undated photo, along with her four sons, her nephew, mother, father and brother. (Photo courtesy of DuBose family)

JACKSONVILLE, Onslow County - The mother of two Onslow County brothers murdered in May 2016 is speaking out the day after Gov. Roy Cooper announced the state is offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to an arrest of a suspect in the case.

Christine DuBose, the mother of DeAndre and Tyler Gilbert, whose bodies were found on Hardy Graham Road in the Mapel Hill area of Onslow County shot and killed execution style, spoke on her younger son's 18th birthday.

"I'm hoping, now that there is a reward, that somebody will come forward," DuBose said in a statement. "I know that there are people out there that know or have information and that would be a great asset and help to some kind of closure for these boys. A year later is like living a nightmare all over again."

Deputies did make an arrest in the case when Steven McCarty was arrested in December 2016. He was charged with possession of a stolen vehicle and obstruction of justice. Deputies have not yet charged anyone with murder.

DuBose said her two sons were always together.

"DeAndre and Tyler were both full of life and extremely caring," she said. "They both brought so much life to everyone and they are truly missed and loved by a lot of people. If you have seen one, you have seen the other. They were always together no matter what.

"I pray that somebody comes forward."

Anyone with information concerning this case should contact the Onslow County Sheriff's Office at (910) 455-3113, Onslow County Crime Stoppers at (910) 938-3273, or the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation at (919) 662-4500.

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