According to authorities, a 17-year-old was charged with murder on Tuesday in the murders of two high school students from North Carolina who went missing over the weekend and were later discovered dead.
According to a statement from the Orange County Sheriff’s Office, the suspect, who is not in jail, is suspected of first-degree murder in the deaths of Lyric Woods, 14, and Devin Clark, 18.
Both Woods and Clark attended a high school west of Durham and were freshmen at the time, according to separate statements from their respective school systems.
The juvenile petition was filed against the suspect on Tuesday, the sheriff’s office said in a statement, starting the process to have the teenager tried as an adult in the state’s superior court system.
Sheriff of Orange County Charles Blackwood stated that with the assistance of other law enforcement organizations, his investigators were able to pinpoint the perpetrator.
He stated, “We will now collaborate with local, state, and federal law enforcement to detain and submit the suspect to the legal system.”
Blackwood did not specify a potential reason. The bodies of Woods and Clark were discovered on four-wheelers by men on Monday afternoon in western Orange County, according to the sheriff’s office. Both appeared to have died from gunshot wounds.
They were located more than two miles away from Woods’ house, according to Raleigh’s NBC station WRAL. Tiffany Concepcion, Clark’s mother, told the channel that the two were close friends.
According to the sheriff’s office, both were reported as missing over the weekend.
According to a statement from the Alamance-Burlington School System, Clark played football for the Eastern Alamance Eagles in the past.
Police in Orange County, North Carolina, look into the location where two adolescents’ bodies were discovered after they went missing over the weekend. WRAL Reported
According to the district, Clark “will always be remembered as a kind-hearted, gentle giant who was well-liked by his peers.”Monday, his school released balloons in his honor, according to WRAL. According to a statement from Orange County Schools, Woods attended Cedar Ridge High School in Hillsborough as a ninth-grader.
The district expressed, “Our hearts are with all of Lyric’s family and everyone who knew her.”
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