Mooresville boater faces new involuntary manslaughter charge

The Mooresville man already facing a drunken boating charge after a fatal Lake Norman accident July 4 was charged Wednesday with involuntary manslaughter and operating a boat in a reckless manner, according to WBTV, the Observer’s news partner.

Officials had previously said Keith Owen Cerven, 49, might face such charges after the teenage victim’s autopsy and further discussion with the Iredell County District Attorney’s Office.

Seventeen-year-old Sheyenne Marshall of Concord was knee-boarding Saturday evening when a pontoon boat hit her in the McCrary Creek area of the lake. Police said she died before emergency responders arrived.

A memorial service for Sheyenne will take place Saturday at Hickory Grove Baptist Church’s North Campus in Charlotte.

The Rev. Philip Long will officiate the ceremony. Long spoke at a vigil Sunday at Cox Mill High School, where Sheyenne was a rising senior, and recalled her smile.

“You’ll never forget it,” Long said.

The Marshall family will accept visits from friends beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday. The service will start at 12:30 p.m. and be followed by a burial at Carolina Memorial Park in Kannapolis.

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