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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  • by Mary Ann Location: Kinston on Jan 21, 2012 at 06:13 PM
    FYI negative people only 3 knows what really happen that sad day and that is the shooter, Ricky and GOD so unless you are 1 of the 3 then stop assuming you know what happen that day. Thank you. RIP Ricky
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      by cammie on Jan 22, 2012 at 12:37 PM in reply to Mary Ann
      Actually, you left one out. There was a witness to this tragedy and that would be Ricky's cousin who was present during the whole thing. I am sure he has told his accounts of what happened that day. That is why Adrian is being charged with Voluntary Manslaughter and not Murder. So, for some, it is not an assumption. I do agree, though, that people need to refrain from the awful comments that are being made. The victim's family can see these postings and I am sure that it will not help in the healing process that needs to begin.
  • by Bill Location: K-Town on Jan 21, 2012 at 06:10 PM
    The shooter is a known gang member that has been in and out of trouble! He took a young man's life that could have been a true positive in society. Everyone should think of Ricky's family and help in anyway possible. The world will be a better place if the shooter never sees another free day! Ricky sure will NOT!!!
  • by Smiley S. Location: Kinston on Jan 20, 2012 at 08:20 AM
    - Ricky , My bOo' , EVERYBODYS Teddy Bear . . . I MiSS yhu :'( please come back , i want yhu back ! I wish this was just a dream , i still cant believe that yhur qone :'( who qonna text me askinq me about me & yhur cousin ? tellinq me to behave ! ? :'( who qonna comment on ALL my status ? :'( Te Extraño bOo' . . . Im prayinq for yhu & yhur familia . & we all should be happy for him , he's in a better place , he's in Gods hands now . RIP Ricardo R. Nava <3 & Free His Bestfriend , it was an accidente . ! :/ yhull be out soon homeboy .

    o8/25/94 - o1/18/12 Rest In Paradise BOo' , ill See Yhu Soon & Party Hard Up There & Watch Over Yhur Friends & Family .
  • by RIcky's Friend on Jan 20, 2012 at 07:07 AM
    Why so much negativity? they both made a choice by playing with a gun and it the outcome was bad for both of them! we just need to pray for the saftey of both of them now ='(
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      by SoManyMike on Jan 23, 2012 at 03:54 AM in reply to RIcky's Friend
      I see nothing about the victim making a choice.
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        by Choice on Jan 24, 2012 at 06:51 PM in reply to SoManyMike
        I am sure Ricky said oh please shoot me I wanna die! I am sure he made that choice ! dumbest thing I have heard! and Ricky was not playing with the gun! @ Ricky;s Friend "pray for the safety of both of them" honey you cant pray for a dead person!
  • by Micheal Location: Walstonburg on Jan 20, 2012 at 04:36 AM
    REALLY charging him with Voluntary Manslaughter! He has to live the rest of his life knowing he killed his friend is that not enough punishment
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      by SoManyMike on Jan 23, 2012 at 03:54 AM in reply to Micheal
      No, it is not.
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        by Formerly O.L.I. on Jan 23, 2012 at 05:31 AM in reply to SoManyMike
        I have to agree. They weren't playing with a toy gun; it was a real gun. At 15 yrs. old, the young man should have known better than to rack and pull the trigger, let alone point it at someone. It is sad he made that choice, but there are consequences in this world.
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          by SoManyMike on Jan 23, 2012 at 06:52 AM in reply to Formerly O.L.I.
          Exactly,if he knew enough about the gun to rack it and pull the trigger then he knew the possible consequences of doing it.
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          by ???? on Jan 24, 2012 at 06:48 PM in reply to Formerly O.L.I.
          From what I am getting Adrian pointed the gun at him more than once and had pointed at the other guy to so lets just say that is knowing what you are doing! Secoond of All why did the family of the gunman go to the funeral! They need to give the family time without them in there face all the time! FYI Gun Man and Ricky were not BFF's as I keep seeing! They were not"boys'! So pointing a gun you loaded , and racked only has a bad outcome! And when you pull a trigger you reap ther consequences! I hope he looks at bars for a long time!
  • by Anonymous Location: Kinston on Jan 19, 2012 at 08:00 PM
    Why do people in this world today have to be so mean. They are just kids. Everybody wants to put it all on one person but it is the world our kids live in today that cause all of this. Not all kids are raised around guns. I think instead of all the world judge him and what he done they should know the facts. This is what is wrong with the world. Let the justice system decide what he needs and not everybody else. They have friends and family so please give them your respect. We all have to die and this is a bad enough way but when God wants you to walk beside him it don't matter where you are at or what you are doing he will call you home. Our prayers go out to Ricky's family and all of his friends....
  • by Anonymous on Jan 19, 2012 at 06:23 PM
    It's really sad that people are putting negative comments up here. Everything that happened was an accident, I really didn't know the kids too well, but I know them well enough to know they would never kill anybody! I also don't think that the 15 year old should get charged with man slaughter because like I said, it WAS an accident and I think that accidently killing his best friend AND family member was punishment enough. RIP Ricardo Nava. You will truely be missed. Only the good die young...
  • by Anonymous on Jan 19, 2012 at 05:16 PM
    feel so sorry for him he was a good kid my mom says that it had to be an accident and we will all miss him feel so sorry for all his family cause i know how it feels to have some one die and it feels so bad cryed for 5 complete days will always have you inn mind
  • by Anonymous on Jan 19, 2012 at 05:11 PM
    With society in free fall, now is not the time to cut adult personnel from our Public Schools in next years budget.
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      by Enough on Jan 20, 2012 at 06:03 AM in reply to
      Instead of expecting the school system to raise our children, maybe we should put that responsibility back on the parents. I'm so sick of everyone trying to blame the system for whats wrong with our children. I'm not trying to say that this is a bad kid, I don't know him or his family, I'm just sick of society looking for an excuse!
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        by washington on Jan 20, 2012 at 02:50 PM in reply to Enough
        @Enough,if you are sick of everyone looking for excuses then stop reading and then you wont have to post.We all need to keep not only our children in prayer but we need to be praying for each and everyone around us.People this is 2012, Stop and look around.You will see we are living revelation now.Time out for junk we need to be more focused on the word.People lets keep our kids in prayer and stop posting all this negative stuff.Prayer is what we all need.To both families you are all in my prayers.
  • by Chuck Location: Greenville on Jan 19, 2012 at 04:46 PM
    This is a very sad & Tragic story that could have been prevented. Parents need to keep Guns Locked up & Never "Loaded". Keep amno seperate from guns. 'Nuff said.
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