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Lewisville teen killed after bullet passes through hotel wall

Posted November 14, 2014
Updated November 18, 2014

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— Family members of a 13-year-old Forsyth County boy who died Friday tried to resuscitate him after he was shot in the head at a hotel in Raleigh, according to a 911 call released Saturday by police.

Nathan Andrew Clark of Lewisville died at about 11 p.m. at the Comfort Suites hotel on Corporation Parkway after being hit by a bullet that traveled through a hotel wall from an adjacent room, according to investigators.

In the 911 call, a person told authorities that Nathan was bleeding from the back of his head.

"He's not responding to anything and he's bleeding from the back of his head. There is blood everywhere," the caller said. "We were sitting here and I heard a noise and got up to check on him and there is blood everywhere. I heard a gurgling noise. We have no idea what happened. We all went to bed."

The caller told authorities that Nathan was not responding as family members performed CPR.

"Please get them in here quick. Oh my God, I can't do this anymore. Please. Where is the ambulance?" the caller said. "He's not responding. They need to be in here now. When I say there is blood everywhere, there is blood everywhere. He's just so bloody. Oh my God, he's going to die."

Randall Louis Vater, 42, of Knightdale, has been charged with involuntary manslaughter and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon in connection with the incident.

Investigators said a gun in the room adjacent to Nathan's discharged, but they have not released more information about why or how it went off.

Nathan was an eighth grader at Calvary Baptist Day School and a member of the u14 Fusion Elite Team and in Raleigh for a tournament. CASL officials said Saturday that Nathan's team pulled out of the tournament, which is being held at WRAL Soccer park on Perry Creek Road in Raleigh.

"It's a tragic situation where North Carolina lost one of their own in the soccer community," CASL tournament director Bill Hanckle said. "Our condolences, our thoughts, our prayers go out to Nathan Clark and his family. We also send our condolences out to North Carolina Fusion players and coaches."

Richard Hardee, the head of school at Calvary Baptist described the teen as a great student.

"Nathan was a terrific and gifted young man who had a great love for people and he will be greatly missed," he said.

Vater was in the Wake County jail early Saturday under a one million dollar bond.

Vater was released from the Wake County jail on Oct. 25 after being convicted in March 2014 of violating a protective order.

He has previous convictions for hit-and-run, simple assault, communicating threats, assault on a female, domestic criminal trespassing and felony breaking-and-entering.


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  • sisu Nov 17, 2014

    This is just the worst nightmare for the family of this child. So incredibly tragic. I am ever so sorry for the deep loss of all who knew him. So, so, so unnecessary and sad.

  • StuckHere Nov 17, 2014

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    Could not agree more!

  • jimcricket15 Nov 17, 2014

    I call for the death penalty for the guy that killed this child.