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Chatham County teen dies after being shot in head

Posted May 16, 2011

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— A Chatham County 17-year-old died in a hospital early Monday after being shot in the head Saturday, according to the sheriff's department.

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. Saturday.

Investigators believe the teen 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 (saw) 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. It's unclear how many people were involved in the shooting or why it happened, investigators said.

Rivas was taken to UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill, where he was put on life support. He died at about 1:30 a.m. Monday, authorities said.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Chatham County Sheriff's Office at 919-542-2911.

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  • solarflare40 May 16, 2011

    "why do people feel the need to crack on Cary's ploice force.

    Because they are a bunch of clowns who just caused an innocent man to go to prison for life, or at least until the appeals court overturns the verdict.

  • Hates This Place May 16, 2011

    I don't see how if the car windows were blown from the inside out it would be suicide. I highly doubt after being shot in the head you are going to get out of your vehicle and lay yourself on the driveway. Common sense people!!! Sheesh.

  • nufsaid May 16, 2011

    "why do people feel the need to crack on Cary's ploice force.

    Ya they must be doing a terrible job as one of the safest cities in the country.
    ncguy"

    Anyone that closely followed the actual testimony in the recent trial of Brad Cooper has every reason to believe that there are some major problems within the CPD.

  • pjnoobie2 May 16, 2011

    well, if its in chatham county, they wont find out who did it...been too many people getting killed with no results of who did it...

  • The7thSeal May 16, 2011

    "What does this story have to do with Cary PD? The7thSeal

    Well the kid isn't married so they'll probably have nothing to do with railroading his spouse.
    OGE
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    Bitter much?

  • OGE May 16, 2011

    What does this story have to do with Cary PD?
    The7thSeal

    Well the kid isn't married so they'll probably have nothing to do with railroading his spouse.

  • MamaBearNC May 16, 2011

    very sad, too many kids getting killed. I couldn't imagine that kind of a loss.

  • The7thSeal May 16, 2011

    What does this story have to do with Cary PD?

  • ncguy May 16, 2011

    why do people feel the need to crack on Cary's ploice force.

    Ya they must be doing a terrible job as one of the safest cities in the country.

  • bluewind May 16, 2011

    If the windows were blown out from the inside of the vehicle, it could be a suicide...praying for his family...

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