An 18-year-old Charlotte man has been arrested in the case of a young girl found shot to death Monday afternoon in a Mount Holly park.
Darvon Malik Fletcher is charged with first-degree murder in the death of 14-year-old Taylor Sotera Smith of east Charlotte, according to Mount Holly Police.
Fletcher was in the Gaston County Jail Tuesday afternoon, with no bond set. Jail records show he lives on Turkey Point Drive, north of Charlotte Douglas International Airport in Charlotte.
“It appears the homicide was not a random act, as the individuals involved were familiar with each other, and had traveled to the park from Charlotte,” said Mount Holly Police Chief Don Roper. “The investigation is ongoing.”
Mecklenburg County Jail records show Darvon Fletcher has four previous arrests dating back to 2015. He has been found guilty of misdemeanor larceny (for shoplifting) and felony breaking and entering. Trials are pending for simple assault, shoplifting, common law robbery, second-degree trespass and probation violation, records show.
The Gaston Gazette reported the girl lived in an east Charlotte apartment with her grandmother. Smith died after being shot multiple times in River Street Park at about 3 p.m.. Smith was taken by EMS to Caromont Regional Medical Center, where she was declared dead.
The body had carried no identification, so police did not immediately have a name for the victim Monday afternoon.
“The victim was identified when family members inquired with police after a description was distributed to media outlets,” said Mount Holly Police Chief Don Roper.
Investigators say they responded to a call of possible gunshots near River Street Park and found Smith lying on the ground with what appeared to be gunshot wounds.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Mount Holly Police at 704-827-4343 or Crime Stoppers of Gaston County at 704-861-8000.