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UPDATED: Lenoir County Teen Due In Court Monday

The 15-year-old boy who fatally shot his friend last week is scheduled to appear in court Monday.

Lawmen say the teen, whose name has not been released, had his father's 12 gauge shotgun Wednesday and according to witnesses, was pointing the gun at his friends. There was no indication of an argument or disagreement.

Deputies say the teen reportedly racked the shotgun, pointed it at the victim and pulled the trigger. He's now being charged with voluntary manslaughter.

The parents of the 15-year-old could be charged as well for not securing the firearm safely away from the boy since he is under 18 years old and considered a minor.


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Deputies have charged a 15-year-old Lenoir County teen with voluntary manslaughter after his friend was shot to death Wednesday afternoon.

Ricky Nava, a junior at South Lenoir High School, was killed after deputies say a friend shot him. Because of his age, the name of the 15-year-old is not being release. He has been taken to a secure juvenile holding facility in Greenville.

Deputies say preliminary findings show the teen suspect and another friend were in his bedroom when Nava walked over from his trailer, which is across the street.

While in the bedroom, the 15 year old began handling his father's 12 gauge shotgun. Witnesses say the teen was pointing the gun at his friends, but there was no indication of an argument or disagreement. Deputies say the teen reportedly racked the shotgun, pointed it at the victim and pulled the trigger.

The 15 year old is scheduled to have a hearing Monday in Lenoir County District Court.

Major Chris Hill says they charged the teen with voluntary manslaughter because there is no evidence of malice. Hill says it will be up to the district attorney whether the case is moved into adult court or not.

North Carolina's gun storage law makes it a misdemeanor for a parent not to secure a firearm safely away from a minor. Hill says they don't know yet whether the parents of the 15-year-old will be charged in this case.


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A high school in Lenoir County is mourning the loss of a student who died at the hands of another student.

Counselors are at South Lenoir High School again this morning after yesterday's shooting that claimed the life of Ricky Nava, a junior at the school.

The 16-year-old was killed in a neighbor's trailer on Kays Path Road around noon. Deputies say preliminary findings say a 15-year-old friend had his father's shotgun and the shooting happened in his bedroom.

Nava was a goalie on the school's soccer team, playing on the team for two years. Coaches tell WITN that Nava was the player in a game where the other coaches always commented on him playing so well.

Principal Steve Saint-Amand says Nava was one of the most respectful students that had in school. This morning the soccer team lead the student body in prayer to begin the day and they are discussing placing a patch on their uniform to honor Nava.

Deputies say they are still investigating whether the shooting was accidental or intentional.


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A high school student is dead after deputies say he was shot by a friend.

Lenoir County deputies say they do not yet know if the shooting was accidental or intentional.

Deputies were called to a mobile home park on Kays Path Road around noon Wednesday. Kays Path is east of Kinston, off of Neuse Road.

The family identified the victim as Ricky Nava, a student at South Lenoir High School and played on the soccer team.

Deputies say the 16 year old died from a gunshot wound to the upper chest. The weapon was a 12-gauge shotgun. They say the victim lived across the street and was visiting another teen.

Preliminary findings say the 15-year-old friend had his father's shotgun and the shooting happened in his bedroom.

Officials are not releasing the name of the 15 year old.


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