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Henderson teen shot while riding bike

Posted July 4, 2012

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— A 14-year-old Henderson boy was shot and killed early Wednesday while riding his bike.

Police said that officers found Clayton Batchelor Jr., of Harriett Street, dead around 3:30 a.m. on the roadside in the 1300 block of South Williams Street.

Investigators would not comment about the shooting, but Pastor John Miles, a friend of Batchelor's family, said the boy, known in the neighborhood as C.J., was riding home from a friend's house when he was shot.

"He shouldn't die like this. It's bad. It hurts," Miles said. Now we've got a grieving mother and a grandmother and aunt getting ready to bury their son, 14 years old."

Neighbors say Batchelor's death – just days after a young woman was shot nearby – is another senseless violent act in their community.

"There's so many innocent bystanders and so many gets getting gunned down in this community and in this town, it's just ridiculous," said Nakeisha Alston.

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  • kimsstressed Jul 6, 2012

    The sad story here is another young black youth is dead at 3:30 in the morning..... would it have been better if the child was white, latino, pink, green??

  • Stargazer83 Jul 5, 2012

    This is so sad to me. Some people have no sympathy when it comes to stuff like this. I had the pleasure of going to high school as well as working with the victims mother and I must say, she is a magnificent person and mother so to put the blame on her is terrible. Regardless of what happened, a CHILD is dead and nothing can change that. I couldn't imagine having to deal with the thought of burying my child. Instead of trash talking what happened, people need to pray for this family because God knows they need it.

  • aetius476 Jul 5, 2012

    "THAT IS SOMETHING THE THE POLICE AND CITY MAJOR WOULD NEED TO CHANGE BY GOING INTO THE COMMUNITY AND REMOVED THE BAD SEEDS" - trfreddie

    theycan't. They would be charged with "profiling" or "police brutality". The courts will make sure the "bad seeds" get put back into the garden to grow into bad fruit.

    The community needs to get fed up with living in fear, and watching their children's lives be destroyed. The citizens and neighbors have to take back the community from the predators.

  • beaupeep Jul 5, 2012

    trfreddie: all the popo in NC can't change it. Change has to come from WITHIN the community.

  • godshelper Jul 5, 2012

    Everyone saying that its ok for a 14 year old to be out after 11pm, must not know that neighborhood and must not live in henderson.

  • phillip5 Jul 5, 2012

    The sad story here is another young black youth is dead at 3:30 in the morning. The tradegy is much more serious. Too many times there are no parents in the traditional sense. Mom and Dad, many times never married, too consumed by thier our lifestyles to provide a proper home enviroment. But yet now parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles, along with the self proclaimed Rev. Miles, who were not there to help this raise this young man, will once again blame the lack of police, the community, the system, and anyone else they can think of for this horrible situation. Those of us who live here have heard and seen this too many times. It doesn't make it any easier to hear again...

  • ims1924 Jul 5, 2012

    GodBless/ You have put the blame on the wrong people. It seems that you and many others expect society to raise these young men. I put the blame on the mother or granedmother.

  • hintonpp2 Jul 5, 2012

    Sad...RIP Kid

  • trfreddie Jul 5, 2012

    MY PRAYERS GO OUT TO THIS FAMILY AND MANY OTHER FAMILIES THAT HAVE LOST SOMEONE FROM SENSELESS VIOLENTS.THIS MY HOME TOWN AND ITS NOT THE COMMUNITY. THERE IS NOT ENOUGH STRUCTURE IN THE POLICE FORCE IN THAT AREA.I LIVED A FEW BLOCKS AWAY FROM THE SHOOT AND THERE IS STILL NO CHANGE. ONE GREIVING MOTHER, GRANDMOTHER OR AUNT CANT CHANGE THE DRUGS, SHOOTING AND B&E ALONE. THAT IS SOMETHING THE THE POLICE AND CITY MAJOR WOULD NEED TO CHANGE BY GOING INTO THE COMMUNITY AND REMOVED THE BAD SEEDS

  • Wiser_now Jul 5, 2012

    May he rest in peace and may his family find peace.

    Thank you, hollylama for : "It said officers FOUND him at 3:30a. There's no way to know if he was shot at 10p 12:30 or 2."
    I confess my first reaction was - what was a 14-year old doing riding his bike at that hour?! I'm going to be more careful when I read articles in the future. Thanks!

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