Third teen charged with murder in deadly east Charlotte robbery

Credit: Micah Smith | WBTV
Credit: Micah Smith | WBTV

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - A third teen has been charged with murder after a mother was shot and killed during an armed robbery in east Charlotte Tuesday morning.

The deadly robbery happened around 6:15 a.m. at the Vista Villa Apartments in the 6200 block of Barrington Drive. The woman who was shot, 36-year-old Maria Eduvigig Echeverria de Gomez, died at the hospital. Officials said she was heading to work when the robbery took place.

On Thursday morning, Charlotte-Mecklenburg police said a 15-year-old juvenile was arrested in the incident. Police say the teen was taken to a juvenile detention facility and charged with murder and robbery with a dangerous weapon.

Officers say the teen's name will not be released due to his age.

On Wednesday, police said 19-year-old Antonio Shine and 17-year-old A'vone Williams were also charged in the deadly armed robbery. Both teens were charged with murder and robbery with a dangerous weapon in the killing.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg police initially said two people were shot and taken to Carolinas Medical Center-Main. Police later tweeted that only one woman was shot during the incident, Maria Eduvigig Echeverria de Gomez.

On Tuesday, officers said they were searching for two men who fled the scene in a black sedan.

"When we have a person that's just going to work and gets robbed and killed... breaks my heart for the family for this to happen," said Lt. Susan Manassah. "Maybe somebody saw or heard something - come forward to help us give some closure to the victim's family."

"To hear that she lost her life is just devastating," neighbor Rhonda Washington said. "Not only is this my apartment complex, this is my community, these are my friends."

Neighbors say there have been robberies at the apartment complex recently, and that thieves are targeting Latino residents who they say are sometimes afraid to report crimes.

"They just don't say anything about it because they're afraid of immigration, afraid the police might not understand what they're trying to say," Washington said.

Manassah said no one should be afraid to report a crime.

"There's not a reason to not trust us. We at CMPD do not market or go out on immigration campaigns and take Hispanics to jail just for being an immigrant."

Shine is expected to appear in court on Thursday and Williams is expected to appear in court on Friday.

Anyone with information is asked to call 911 or Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600.

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