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Sanford teen killed in shooting

Posted July 20, 2011

— A Tuesday night shooting in Sanford left a 15-year-old dead, police said Wednesday.

Officers responded to a reported shooting at 619 Magnolia St. at about 8 p.m. but found that bystanders had already taken the shooting victim to Central Carolina Hospital, police said.

The teen died at the hospital of a gunshot wound to the head, police said.

Police haven't identified the victim, but SanLee Middle School officials released a statement identifying him as Larod McKoy.

McKoy finished the eighth grade at SanLee Middle last month and was to enroll at Lee County High School this fall, officials said.

"Every time you saw Larod, he had a smile on his face. Larod was a friend to all and was a positive role model for others," SanLee Principal Kenna Wilson said in the statement. "My heartfelt sympathy goes out to his family and his friends. He was an incredible young man with a bright future."

Police haven't released any information about a motive for the shooting or possible suspects.


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  • cjspeaks Jul 21, 2011

    Just saw the picture of the suspect of the murder, he has a big smile on his face as if he has won the lottery.

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  • davisnhyeisha Jul 20, 2011

    *- I still can't believe he's gone, it was just like the other day him,me,my cousin,and a friend where all hanging out at his house. When I got the phone call and heard he got shot all I coukd do was cry. I miss him and live him very much. R.I.P. BooBear I want you to know we all miss you and love you very much. mwah

  • hunt36 Jul 20, 2011

    before you guess about violence read the last sentence of the article

  • hunt36 Jul 20, 2011

    dmccoy there has been no mention of gang related activities in this case if you don't know do speculate!

  • dmccoy Jul 20, 2011

    the police have got to come up with a plan, we are loosing our children at an alarming rate and its because of gangs theses kids have no reguard for any one and are killing for fun

  • dimon Jul 20, 2011

    My heart goes out to his family! Rest in peace young man.

  • gabbyy22 Jul 20, 2011

    He was a great kid and always made us smile. Praying for his family and friends. RIP Larod

  • CharmedLife Jul 20, 2011

    Condolences to the family and friends of this young person.

  • waredsb3 Jul 20, 2011

    This is so sad. My heart goes out to the family.