ONE WEEK after two teens were shot to death on a trail in North Carolina, their 17-year-old suspected killer is still on the run while cops refuse to say who he is.
Memorials were held for Lyric Woods, 14, and Devin Clark, 18, on Friday after their bodies were discovered on a trail by local ATV riders on September 18.
Family and friends of Lyric came together at Crosslink Community Church in Mebane, North Carolina ahead of the 14-year-old’s funeral on Saturday, ABC 11 News reported.
“Lyric was a beautiful soul on the inside and out. She is loved more than anyone will ever know. She never met a stranger and was loved by everyone. Her laugh and her glow would brighten any room,” read Lyric’s obituary.
A separate memorial ride in cars and on ATVs and dirt bikes with family and friends of Devin was held to honor the 18-year-old as well, per WRAL.
Crowds gathered in the hundreds as people honked and drove down West Holt Street.
Still, the search continues for the suspected murderer responsible for the deaths of Lyric and Devin.
The Orange County Sheriff’s Office filed a juvenile petition 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 offenders, as after December 2019, teenagers aged 16 or 17 are not automatically tried as adults for a crime, but it’s left to the judge.
The US Sun requested a copy of the petition but was told by the sheriff’s office that those documents “are confidential and not available for release.”
Orange County’s district attorney and the attorney that is on the case have explained that the decision of whether or not to try the suspect as an adult or not will be determined at the time of the arrest.
It will likely then be left to the judge to transfer the case over or not.
However, the North Carolina Juvenile Justice Act will also limit further details being revealed about the case as well, along with the identity of the 17-year-old.
North Carolina Central University Law Professor Irving Joyner explained to ABC 11 that even with the confidentiality, Orange County law enforcement has clearly found strong evidence pointing toward the killer.
“The juvenile protections will be available to this individual until there is a court determination that they should be prosecuted as an adult. But that’s an exception to the statute that allows for prompt movement. So initially, there is just a level of confidentiality, that’s going to apply,” Joyner explained.
“There has been information provided to law enforcement that quickly led to the identification of this suspect. And then the decision by law enforcement to arrest a particular individual. So that means that there was, you know, a strong trail that was there that led to that person,” he continued.
Families want justice
The families of both Lyric and Devin are still in mourning, desperately doing anything they can to honor their lost loved ones and find the suspect.
Lyric’s grandfather originally offered a $10,000 reward on Facebook to find his granddaughter’s killer soon after the news release and has now fixed a haunting memorial at the trail site.
He reportedly put up solar lights around the original cross that the Woods family had placed for Lyric days after the murder.
Tiffany Concepcion, the mother of 18-year-old Devin, also explained that she will not stop until justice is served to 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’ve got to talk to, I’m going to keep going and keep doing it,” Concepcion told ABC 11.
She also explained in a video on social media that she feels the 17-year-old suspect must’ve had significant anger to do shoot Devin and Lyric.
“He must’ve been real angry and had a lot of anger in him,” Concepcion said about the 17-year-old suspect. “I pray for his family at this time because it’s a lot for them too,” Concepcion noted.
There has been no official motive stated for the 17-year-old and case details continue to be limited overall.
Anyone with information on the case is still asked to call Investigator Keith Goodwin at (919) 245-2918.
Additionally, there has been a GoFundMe organized in an effort 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 is revealed.