Teen charged in killing of 14-year-old Charlotte girl to appear in court

Teen charged in killing of 14-year-old Charlotte girl to appear in court

GASTON COUNTY, NC (WBTV) - An 18-year-old arrested Tuesday in the killing of a 14-year-old Charlotte girl is expected to appear in court Wednesday.

Fletcher has been charged with first-degree murder in the killing of Taylor Sorera Smith, who was found shot at the River Street Park in Mount Holly around 3 p.m. Monday. She was pronounced dead at the hospital.

The park is located on N. River Street off of E. Charlotte Avenue.

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Police say they had a hard time identifying Smith. Smith was found by officers on the ground with gunshot wounds and had no identification on her.

Officers could be seen checking the bathrooms at the park with guns drawn soon after the shooting happened.

There is no word on what may have led to the shooting, but investigators say the suspect and victim knew each other and drove to the park together from Charlotte.

Family members of both the suspect and the victim told WBTV they did not wish to comment about the situation.

A GoFundMe page has been created to help cover Smith's funeral costs. A link to the page can be found here.

On the page a family member writes, 'We can't comprehend why anyone would kill a 14-year-old child. In her grandma's words, "She was a flower that was not fully bloomed."'

Anyone with further information should call the Mount Holly Police Department at 704-827-4343 or Crime Stoppers of Gaston County at 704-861-8000.

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