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Family 'traumatized' after 'Swatting' hoax - LIVE updates on WBTV

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) -

'MY HANDS ARE SHAKING': A Newton family say they are still traumatized after being the victim of a hoax called "Swatting" over the weekend.

"I haven't been able to stop crying," mother Karen Prince said. "And my hands are shaking since it happened."

Someone called police Saturday night claiming to be Prince's son - saying he'd just killed his girlfriend and was thinking about killing his parents, who he was holding hostage.  Only - none of it was true.

WBTV's Ashton Pellom is LIVE with reaction from the family.

TWO TRAGIC DEATHS, ONE CHURCH: Two teenagers who died after tragic accidents over the weekend have a connection - they attend the same church

Officials at South Gastonia Church of God, in Gastonia, say teenagers Destiny Stafford and Dalton Wright were both members of the church. Destiny died Monday morning after she was kicked in the head by a horse on Saturday. Dalton died Saturday after the ATV he was driving crashed.

"Such a loss to all of us in our youth group," Youth Pastor Kimberly Franklin told WBTV Monday. She said the church's youth group has about 20 kids, who were all close to Destiny and Dalton.

THE JURY NEARLY COMPLETE:  Two more jurors have been seated in the trial for Charlotte police officer Randall "Wes" Kerrick who is accused of killing an unarmed man in 2013. That makes a total of eleven jurors were seated. 

The jury includes eight women and three men: three white males, four white females, two black females and two Hispanic females. 

WBTV's Mark Davenport taking a LIVE look at the search for the final juror and four alternates.

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