Two North Carolina high school students were found with their bodies riddled with bullets on a trail earlier this week in Orange County, North Carolina, and a 17-year-old is suspected of the murder. One of the students was a player on a local football team.
The bodies of 14-year-old Lyric Woods and 18-year-old Devin Clark were found near a power-line easement by men riding ATVs on Sunday around 3 p.m. in the western part of the county. The Orange County Sheriff’s Office charged the unnamed suspect with two counts of first-degree murder.
A $10,000 reward is being offered by the grandfather of Lyric Woods. Devin Clark was also murdered. If you have any information on these murders, please call 911 or the Orange County Sheriff’s Office at (919) 245-2900. Please share! 🚨 pic.twitter.com/dk0jY9fnBM
— Rose (@901Lulu) September 19, 2022
“Through the hard work of my investigators, along with the assistance of personnel from many other law enforcement agencies, we have identified a suspect in this case,” Sheriff Charles Blackwood said in a statement. “We will now work with local, state, and federal authorities to apprehend and present the suspect to the court system.”
The unnamed suspect is underage, and once caught, under North Carolina law, 16-and 17-year-olds charged with crimes are not automatically tried as adults. However, the sheriff said the sheriff could transfer the case to a Superior Court if there is probable cause or notice of indictment.
Clark, a senior and football player with the Burlington Bulls mentorship program, spent most of his time on the field. Over a hundred people gathered on the high school field to mourn Clark’s passing.
Lyric Woods disappeared at 1:30am on Saturday. She was seen leaving with Devin Clark and possibly another adult male. Lyric and Devin were found deceased. She was 14 years old. They are treating this as a homicide investigation. The details are shady. pic.twitter.com/keUg8CDtB3
— Rose (@901Lulu) September 19, 2022
“He would always talk about making it to the pros, I would always get him laughs and say ‘Son, you know what you got to give up and you know what you’re going have to give, got to get them grades up and make it through school,'” said Dexter Maurice Sr. to local news outlet FOX 8.
“It’s great to know that he had that big of an impact on school kids and that really goes to show he was the person he always presented at home, he had so much love.”
Friends of Clark have set up a GoFundMe to help pay for his funeral arrangements.
“I felt like I lost a family member, and I cried, and I just remember when I got the news I let go of the phone and I curled up like a baby, I cried.,” said LJ Flintall, Clark’s coach and mentor, to FOX 8.
I hope the person will be charged as an adult so we can hear why they chose to murder Lyric Woods and Devin Clark. What a sad loss of two bright, talented, much loved teenagers. 😔🕯️🦋#LyricWoods #DevinClark #murder #NorthCarolina #justice pic.twitter.com/eEb1CYx2oM
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Woods was a freshman at Cedar Ridge High School and was reported missing by her stepfather on Saturday afternoon when she wasn’t found in her bedroom. A neighbor reportedly saw Lyric get into someone’s car at 3 a.m. on Saturday and a person who lives near the crime scene reported hearing at least 15 gunshots that night.
Woods’ grandfather is offering a reward for the capture of the unnamed killer.
“$10,000.00 reward to the capture of the ones responsible for my granddaughter’s murder! Cash! I need results!” her grandfather Stan Dean wrote on Facebook.
Memorials for both slain teenagers were set up at the site where their bodies were found by community members, friends, and family. Clark’s high school, Eastern Alamance, also held a memorial service for him.
“As a parent, I cannot imagine how excruciating the wait for confirmation of the victim’s identity is,” Sheriff Charles Blackwood continued in his statement. “However, the process is important and critical to lead us to the person or persons responsible for this horrific crime. I’m asking for your patience as we, along with other investigative agencies, do the work necessary to seek justice for the victims and their families.”
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