FIRST ON WITN: Cause Of Teen's Death Released

A teen, whose body was found Friday morning in Duplin County, was shot to death.

The Medical Examiner's Office in Jacksonville says Kener Barahona died from a gunshot wound to the chest.

The 17-year-old's body was found by his roommate in their mobile home on Guy Sanderson road, that's outside of Albertson.

Sheriff Blake Wallace said Monday morning that the death was still under investigation. On Friday the sheriff said Barahona's death was being treated as a homicide.


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Duplin County authorities say they have a death investigation underway.

Sheriff Blake Wallace says a teenager was found dead in a mobile home on Guy Sanderson Road, that's outside of Albertson in northern Duplin County.

Wallace tells WITN News that the death of Kener Barahona is being treated as a homicide right now. He says an autopsy will be conducted Saturday.

The sheriff says there are no suspects yet and they will treat the teen's death as a homicide until they learn more from the autopsy. Wallace says the body was found this morning by a roommate.

An older brother of the victim said he last talked to Barahona Monday when the 17-year-old said he was walking back from a friends home. The brother says the victim lived in the mobile home with the roommate and had only been in North Carolina for about a month.

Stay with WITN News and witn.com for more on this developing story.


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