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CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) -
WBTV obtained a search warrant Thursday related to a deadly teen shooting. In it, one of the homicide detectives notes what officers were looking for Monday, and what they discovered in the interviews with the teens.
Five teenagers are under arrest for that shooting that killed another Charlotte teen. Investigators said interviews with the teens revealed they felt the victim disrespected the group in front of a girl the day prior to the shooting.
The shooting happened at a home on Northgate Trail just after 6:30 p.m. Sunday. Officers found Kydaryuni Curry, known as KC, with a gunshot wound. He was pronounced dead within 20 minutes.
A red SUV with several people inside was seen leaving after the shooting. Detectives were at the scene until about 11 p.m. Sunday collecting evidence and talking with witnesses.
Monday morning, police obtained a search warrant for a single-family home on Brian William Road. The warrant states officers were looking for "evidence of murder which includes clothing, blood, blood stains, ammunition, bullets, shell casings, spent projectiles, firearms, weapons, latent fingerprints, and trace evidence such as hairs, fibers and body fluids. Property belonging to the victim, which may include but is not limited to mobile phones, jewelry, and clothing; evidence of a cleanup which may include solvents, cleaning chemicals, and paints…" The warrant also states police were looking for evidence of occupancy at the home and "…other items of evidence that may constitute the crimes of murder."
The warrant goes on to say the investigation identified five occupants of the SUV that several witnesses said they saw leaving the scene: Dedrick Lorenzo McKenzie, 16, Jeremy Elijah Pate, 19, Bruck Birega Fekadu, 16, Sheldon Gregory, 17 and Samuel Jerome Walker, Jr., 18.
Police interviewed three of the teens and said they learned the group went to fight the victim, and intended to cause him bodily harm. The warrant states the three who were interviewed admitted to "…participating in the assault which caused the victim to bleed to an extent that Fekadu's clothing had to be destroyed. Independently they all identified Dedric (sic) McKenzie as the person who shot Curry after the fight".
All five were arrested Tuesday morning and charged with first-degree murder. They all made their first appearance in court this week.
Fekadu, McKenzie, Gregory and Walker have been given a $1 million bond. According to the Mecklenburg County Sheriff's Office website, all four are pending release to the CMPD Electronic Monitoring Program. This means if they do post bond, they will be released with an electronic monitor.
The fifth suspect, Pate, is being held without bond. He and Fekadu are expected in court again September 26. McKenzie, Gregory, and Walker are expected in court again October 3.
Officers say the group had the first altercation with Curry Saturday, September 15. That is when the teens said Curry disrespected them. CMPD said the teens physically assaulted and then shot Curry the following day.
Investigators said the suspects did not know the victim before the weekend.
WBTV's Brigida Mack went to all the suspects' homes on Tuesday hoping to speak to their families. All of them were either not home or said they had no comment.
Chelsea Smith, the victim's first cousin from Alabama, told WBTV the family is still in shock.
"I just spoke to him a few days ago," she recalled. "The four of us were so close, so close. So now we're just --what are we going to do now?"
Smith said while her family is relieved the suspects have been arrested; it does little to fill the gaping hole the senseless killing has left in her family.
"Ok we're happy they're behind bars but KC still not walking through the door after the fact," she said. "He's still gone."
KC was a junior at Charlotte United Christian Academy in East Charlotte. His friends say he will be missed.
"I thought it was prank," Student Salem Cuthbertson said. "At first I really didn't' want to believe it. I was shocked."
Class was suspended at Charlotte United on Monday so students could reflect on the life of KC. Grief counselors were on hand to help students cope with this death.
"Everybody is going to process differently," School Principal Janet Atwell said. "We wanted to make sure as a school students know where we stand on death and hope and what we believe - what God was doing in his life and we didn't want them to be hopeless."
Students made cards and posters they will give to the KC's family. Students say KC knew how to brighten up the room.
"His smile," Student Violet Kemie said. "His personality, his demeanor, he was really a fun kid to be around but now there is no more."
Curry's death is Charlotte's 35th homicide of the year.
"There's too many deaths," Kemie said. "2012 has been the year of deaths, and I am so sick of turning on the news and hear about shootings and stuff."
Students says the killing must stop.
"Kids need to be educated about violence," Kemie said. "Put the guns down. Talk it out."
If you know anything about this deadly shooting, please call 704-432-TIPS or Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600.