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17-year-old found shot in Siler City

Posted May 14, 2011
Updated May 16, 2011

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— A 17-year-old was clinging to life Saturday afternoon after being shot in the head. 

Chatham County sheriff's deputies found Jose Abelardo Rivas lying in the driveway of a vacant home at 872 Bish Road in Siler City around 10:30 a.m. 

Investigators believe Rivas was at the home alone when he was shot.

Allen Wiggins, who lives on Bish Road, came home Saturday to find deputies at the house, which he said had been for sale for at least a year.

"I seen that they had a tow truck that was loading up a white Explorer or Expedition," Wiggins said Sunday. "The windows were busted out."

Authorities said the SUV belonged to Rivas. They did not release the names or descriptions of any suspects.

Rivas was taken to UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill. Investigators said he was still on life support as of Sunday evening.


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