A WEEK after two teenagers were shot dead on a North Carolina trail, their 17-year-old suspected killer is still on the run while police refuse to say who he is.
Memorial services were held for Lyric Woods, 14, and Devin Clark, 18, on Friday after their bodies were discovered on a trail on September 18 by local ATV riders.
Lyric’s family and friends gathered ahead of the 14-year-old’s funeral Saturday at Crosslink Community Church in Mebane, North Carolina, ABC 11 News reported.
“Lyric was a beautiful soul inside and out. She is loved more than anyone will ever know. She never met a stranger and was loved by everyone. Her laughter and glow would light up any room,” reads the lyrics obituary.
A separate memorial ride in cars and on ATVs and dirt bikes with family and friends of Devin was also held to honor the 18-year-old, per WRAL.
Crowds gathered in the hundreds as people honked their horns and drove down West Holt Street.
However, the search for the suspected killer responsible for Lyric and Devin’s deaths continues.
The Orange County Sheriff’s Office filed a juvenile lawsuit two days after the bodies were discovered against a 17-year-old suspect who is on the run and whom they have refused to identify.
Police have cited North Carolina laws regarding juvenile delinquents because after December 2019, teenagers as young as 16 or 17 are not automatically charged with a crime as adults, but are left up to the judge to do.
The US Sun requested a copy of the petition but was informed by the sheriff’s office that these documents “are confidential and not available for release.”
The Orange County District Attorney and the attorney handling the case have said that the decision as to whether or not the suspect will be tried as an adult will be made at the time of arrest.
It will then probably be up to the judge to pass the case or not.
However, the North Carolina Juvenile Justice Act will also restrict disclosure of further details about the case, as well as the 17-year-old’s identity.
North Carolina Central University law professor Irving Joyner told ABC 11 that despite the confidentiality, Orange County law enforcement clearly found strong evidence pointing to the killer.
“Child Protection will be available to that person pending a court decision that they should be prosecuted as an adult. But that’s an exception to the law, which allows immediate movement. So initially there’s just a level of confidentiality to apply,” Joyner explained.
“Information was provided to law enforcement agencies that quickly led to the identification of this suspect. And then the law enforcement authorities’ decision to arrest a specific person. So that means there was a strong lead leading there to that person,” he continued.
Families want justice
Lyric and Devin’s families are still in mourning and are desperately doing what they can to honor their lost loved ones and find the suspect.
Lyrics Grandfather originally offered a $10,000 reward on Facebook to find his granddaughter’s killer shortly after the press release and has now erected a haunting memorial along the trail.
He reportedly placed solar lights around the original cross that the Woods family put up for Lyric days after the murder.
Tiffany Concepcion, the mother of 18-year-old Devin, also said she will not stop until justice is done for the 17-year-old suspect.
“I want to get justice and I don’t care where I have to go, what I have to do, who I have to talk to, I’m going to keep going and keep going,” Concepcion told ABC 11.
She also explained in a video on social media that she believes the 17-year-old suspect must have had significant anger to shoot Devin and Lyric.
“He must have been really angry and had a lot of anger inside him,” Concepcion said of the 17-year-old suspect. “I’m praying for his family at this time because it means a lot to them, too,” Concepcion noted.
No official motive has been given for the 17-year-old and case details remain limited overall.
Anyone with information about the case is still urged to call Investigator Keith Goodwin at (919) 245-2918.
In addition, GoFundMe was organized to help the Clark and Woods families pay for funeral expenses.
The US Sun will continue to report on the ongoing investigation as more information becomes available.
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