Mother of slain college baseball player "furious" after third arrest

Mother of slain college baseball player "furious" after third arrest

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - A third teen has been arrested in connection with the fatal shooting of a college baseball player that happened in June in west Charlotte.

Zachary Finch, 21, was shot and killed the afternoon of June 18 in the 2300 block of Farmer Street. Finch was reportedly in the area to buy an upgraded iPhone and used an app where he thought he was meeting a legitimate seller.  But something went wrong, and police believe there was a robbery and Finch was shot.

"I'm furious" said his mother Tara Finch in a one-on-one interview with WBTV reporter Ben Williamson. "I want to know who raised these men to be so violent and hateful."

RELATED: Third teen charged in June killing of college baseball player 

According to Charlotte-Mecklenburg police, 17-year-old Demonte McCain was arrested Wednesday and charged with murder, attempted robbery with a dangerous weapon and conspiracy to commit robbery with a dangerous weapon.

"You wonder when it will stop. I do not know if there are more or not. God, I would hope not," said Finch.

Two 15-year-olds were arrested in July in connection with this shooting. Neither of the juveniles' names were released due to their age. Both were taken to a juvenile detention facility.

"Zachary loved life and these three hateful individuals they didn't know him and they didn't give him a chance," said his mother. "I think kids need to think about who they are impacting. It is not one life taken because Zachary was loved by so many people, it is hundreds of lives."

Finch was a senior at the University of the Cumberlands (UC) in Williamsburg, Ky., and a member of the Patriots baseball team, the University says.

To honor Finch's love for baseball, and his position on the University of Cumberlands' baseball team, many who attended Finch's funeral wore University of Cumberlands' baseball t-shirts.

Through tears, Tara Finch, also thanked CMPD for "staying on this case for this long."

"I am so sorry I could not have protected him from this violence," said Finch. "We love him and we miss him, but I am so proud of the man that he was."

McCain is expected back in Court in November.


Copyright 2017 WBTV. All rights reserved.