Police continued the search Monday morning for several people after a high school student was gunned down while working on his car in a northeast Mecklenburg neighborhood Sunday evening.
Meanwhile, classmates of the victim mourned the death of Kydaryuni Curry, a 17-year-old member of the football team at First Assembly Christian School in Concord.
It was at least the fifth homicide case involving an area teen since March.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg police say Curry, nicknamed K.C., was pronounced dead at the scene of the crime, on Northgate Trail Drive. Thats in an unincorporated part of northern Mecklenburg near Interstate 485 and the Cabarrus County line.
Police were called to the home just after 6:30 p.m. When they got there, according to police, they found Kydaryuni suffering from a gunshot wound.
According to reports, Curry and a friend were working on a car in front of Currys house. The friend left to get some tools, and thats when the shooting took place. Police say witnesses reported seeing a red SUV with several occupants driving from the scene.
Ron Davis, a neighbor of Sundays victim, told NewsChannel 36, the Observers news partner, that he heard shots fired and then walked down the street, where he found the body of a young man he knew well.
Im saying to myself, It cant be my man, it cant be ... it just cant be, he told WCNC, choking up a little. Id just talked to him about college. It just cant be my man, and sure enough ...
On Monday morning, students gathered in front of First Assembly Christian for a brief prayer vigil. Painted on the schools spirit rock was the message, RIP, KC 95. Curry wore uniform No. 95 on the schools varsity football team.
Police have not released a suspected motive in the crime.
Homicide detectives were canvassing the neighborhood to find additional witnesses, and crime scene technicians were called in to process the scene for additional evidence.
Police encourage anyone with information on the shooting to call homicide detectives at 704-432-8477 (TIPS). Tipsters can also call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600. Tipsters are eligible for a reward of up to $5,000 for information that leads to an arrest.
Teen violence has been a trend in Charlotte this year. John Kempson, 17, was shot and killed during an argument in March in southwest Charlotte. Then Hawa Gabiddon, 17, was killed in a north Charlotte park July 10. She was pregnant, police said. Five days later, 18-year-old Kevin Washington was shot and killed at a party in northeast Charlotte. Then on August 14, the youngest victim, 13-year-old Khalil Malik Cousart, was shot on a west Charlotte street.