Lyric Woods and Devin Clark: 17-year-old needed for first-degree homicide within the deaths of two highschool college students
ORANGE COUNTY, NC (WTVD) — A 17-year-old is wanted for the murder of murdered high school students Lyric Woods and Devin Clark, according to the Orange County Sheriff’s Office.
Woods, 14, and Clark, 18, were found dead on an Orange County trail by ATV riders on Sunday.
“Through the hard work of my investigators and the support of personnel from many other law enforcement agencies, we have identified a suspect in this case,” said Sheriff Charles Blackwood. “We will now work with local, state and federal authorities to apprehend the suspect and bring him to court.”
A juvenile lawsuit alleging two counts of first-degree murder was filed with the Division of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention on Tuesday afternoon
The suspect’s name has not been released because he is underage. As of December 2019, 16- and 17-year-olds who commit criminal offenses in North Carolina are not automatically charged as adults. However, if there is reasonable suspicion, a judge has the option to refer the case to adult jurisdiction.
“I want to thank the families of Devin Clark and Lyric Woods for trusting us and the investigative process at this excruciatingly painful time,” said Blackwood. “I hope the concern over this issue will bring them some comfort as they mourn the loss of loved ones.”
Woods was a freshman at Cedar Ridge High School. She played volleyball on a traveling team.
Some of her friends played on the Cedar Ridge High School volleyball team. This team dedicates its Tuesday night game against Jordan High School.
“We will miss her bright smile and enthusiasm for the game. Our AIM VB family is truly saddened by this tragic situation,” said Nancy Cates, Director of AIM Volleyball Club.
Students at Cedar Ridge High School also wore white shirts with Lyric Woods’ name to class this week.
Devin Clark was a senior at Eastern Alamance High School.
His mother said a memorial in his honor was planned for Thursday. Plans for his funeral are also still being discussed.
Clark loved riding dirt bikes. In his honor, friends and family are planning a dirt bike ride in Mebane on Saturday around 4:30 p.m.
What we learned on Monday
The Orange County Sheriff’s Office said men driving ATVs on Sunday found the two bodies around 3 p.m. near a power line easement in the western part of the county. Investigators said both victims were shot dead.
Family members confirmed Monday that the bodies were Lyric Woods, 14, and Devin Clark, 18. Both were reported missing over the weekend.
Their exact causes of death have not yet been determined. Investigators expect to receive this information from the medical examiners’ report in the near future.
According to the sheriff’s office, family members reported Woods missing Saturday afternoon, and a deputy entered the information into the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) index around 3:44 p.m. The family said they went to sleep on Friday night with the back door of the house locked; When they woke up Saturday, the back door had been unlocked with no sign of forced entry.
Clark’s family contacted the Mebane Police Department on Sunday over concerns about his whereabouts. An officer entered him into the NCIC at about 1:42 p.m.
Taking to social media, Woods’ grandfather offered a $10,000 reward in the case.
The lives of Woods and Clark were commemorated Monday night with a moment of silence at a football game between their two high schools.
“This past weekend, Eastern Alamance grad student Devin Clark and Cedar Ridge grad student Lyric Woods both tragically died,” the announcer said just before the game. “Please keep their families in your thoughts and prayers.”
The investigation remains active. Anyone with additional information is asked to call Investigator Keith Goodwin at (919) 245-2918.
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