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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  • by Patsy Location: Texas on Oct 1, 2009 at 11:21 AM
    This needs to be updated. Topixinet yesterday reported 2 persons on interest questioned. Thanks to all who have contributecd to funeral and having body sent back to El Salvador, possible by Monday.
  • by Patsy Location: Fort Worth on Sep 30, 2009 at 09:31 AM
    9/30 Family still waiting more information. He was new in area. I do not feel it was anything like a gang problem as they leave signature evidence. Other ideas? Burglary, he had just walked home alone. Did a new admirer cause jealousy? He had only been in area about 2 months. Family planning to send body back to ElSalvador. Thanks to all who helped contribute to this cause.
  • by tim mus Location: fort worth on Sep 29, 2009 at 03:51 PM
    I was lucky to have known Kennar if only for a short time, he was good kid I hope the police find who did this to this young man. especially as why this person shot him.
  • by Jeff Location: Winterville on Sep 29, 2009 at 09:05 AM
    Why is law enforcement so secretive about this? The longer they wait or hold out on the details, the more time it gives the shooter(s) to run. He was so young. It is sad that law enforcement isn't more assertive.
  • by patsy muse Location: fort worth TX on Sep 29, 2009 at 08:03 AM
    This young man has only been in america 6 months, from ElSalvador. He was my step grandson. He had only been in that area about 2 months. Someone knows something somewhere. He knew small amount English. He was not a bully.
  • by Kristi Location: Albertson on Sep 26, 2009 at 11:07 AM
    we need to know more on this teen death in albertson. we want to know if this is gang related and what happened!! this is a big concern for us. we have never had any trouble such as this here in our neighborhood.
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