'He must have been angry': Devin Clark's mother breaks silence on 'juvenile suspect' charged by police
Shant'ae Concepcion's 18-year-old son, Devin Clark was found dead with Lyric Woods, 14, of gunshot wounds along a North Carolina hiking trail
ORANGE COUNTY, NORTH CAROLINA: Shant'ae Concepcion, mother of murder victim Devin Clark, has taken to social media to open up about the ordeal. In a video posted on Facebook, she says that she seeks justice for her teenage son and his friend — both high school students who were fatally shot.
Devin Clark, 18, and Lyric Woods, 14, were found dead with gunshot wounds along a hiking trail a day after they were reported missing. According to The Sun, police have stated that the case will remain sealed for the time being as the motive behind the murders remains a mystery. Meanwhile, police suspect a 17-year-old in the double homicide. "He must've been really angry and had a lot of anger in him," said Concepcion about the suspect.
During a live session on Facebook, Concepcion addressed the news of police taking the murder suspect into custody. She says that the police cannot give her any information as of yet regarding the "juvenile" suspect owing to the fact that he is underage. "At this time, I currently have [an] attorney and I will find out the best information I can through my attorney to find out what happened to my child and the young lady."
The grieving mother added that she would provide updates as and when she learns of anything new. "At this point, I just want justice for Devin Clark and Lyric Woods. It's really sad that it took another 17-year-old child to actually really kill two innocent teenagers," she remarked, adding, "So, at this point I just want justice and I really want to find out who this 17-year-old juvenile is."
"He had to be really angry at someone... he had a lot of anger in him," she said about the suspect. Concepcion further went on to say, "I pray for his family at this time because it's a lot. I'm not a bad parent. I feel bad for this juvenile's parents. I can't imagine what they are going through." At the bottom of it all, she said that all she wants is to find out who was behind the killing of her young son and his friend, as well as the motive behind it. Concepcion also remarked that she keeps Lyric's family in her prayers, along with the family of the juvenile who is now being "charged for the double homicide."
As per reports from The US Sun, the process could be a slow one owing to additional legal technicalities following a 2019 State Law that required extra steps to charge a 16 or 17-year-old suspect as an adult. This is also why the Orange County Sheriff's Office filed a "juvenile petition" for two counts of first-degree murder with the Department of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. Owing to the sensitive nature of the case, police cannot release too much information to the public.
In a video posted later, Devin's mother informed people of a "candle lighting and balloon releasing at the pavilion" at 6.00 pm on Thursday, September 22. She invited people to pay their respects and be part of the gathering. She is also willing to talk about the tragedy and answer any questions that people might have, adding, "I'm grieving in my own kind of way."