Henderson, N.C. — 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.