No charges will be brought against the man who stabbed and killing 19-year-old Skyler Riker of Gaston County at a Charlotte prom party in May, reports the Observer’s news partner, WBTV.
The Mecklenburg County District Attorney’s office says the killing on May 7 was self defense. Dillon Barrett, the man who stabbed Riker, will not be charged, officials said.
The altercation happened about 1:45 a.m. at a home on Quail Street in Charlotte, is near the intersection of Interstate 485 and Moores Chapel Road.
Video clips from cellphones show Riker yelling and threatening someone prior to a physical fight, WBTV reports. One video shows a number of other people watching what unfolds in a the home’s garage. Charlotte Mecklenburg police said the call was originally reported as a stabbing with non-life threatening injuries, but Riker later died at CaroMont Regional Medical Center in Mount Holly.
Tweets from Riker in the weeks prior show he had threatened to hunt Dillon Barrett down and kill him, officials said.
Riker’s mother doesn’t agree with the district attorney’s decision.
“CMPD is telling us it was self-defense due to my son’s size even though Dillon, who knew my son, was well aware of his size and chose to fight my son,” Bambe Ealey told WBTV. “Dillon Barrett brought a kitchen knife to a fist fight at a prom party. He will not be charged for my son's murder.”
Riker would have turned 20 on Sept. 22, reports the Gaston Gazette. His mother told the Gazette she hopes his friends will deliver canned goods and toiletries to her Lowell house that day so that she can distribute them to the homeless. Riker had a soft place in his heart for the homeless, his mother told the Gazette.