POLICE: 14-year-old murder happened before social media dispute with other teen

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WITN) – Greenville’s police chief says the murder of a 14-year-old, allegedly done by another 14-year-old “in many circles rocked the community and in many ways has rocked our department.”

Chief Ted Sauls spoke to the media this afternoon to address the death of a middle school student over the weekend.

The victim was 14-year-old Zykere Langley, a student at C.M. Eppes Middle School. Investigators say he died Sunday after being shot in the South Greene Street area Saturday night.

Police say another 14-year-old boy was arrested in connection to the murder on December 31st. That teen is now being held at the Pitt County Juvenile Detention Center.

Major Casey Thomas says the two teens knew each other and the murder followed a dispute over social media.

Chief Sauls says right now they do not know if other people knew ahead of time that there were problems between the two, but feels someone else likely knew.

“I do want to break through that wall of people not wanting to share that information with us because that is how we save lives,” said Sauls.

The teen’s murder happened two weeks after a South Central High School student was stabbed outside the school. In that case, a 15-year-old was charged in that assault.

The chief says they have seen an increase in the number of calls involving those under 18 over last year, while at the same time, preliminary numbers show a decrease in arrests of underage children.

Police say as far as Saturday night’s shooting stands, they are still investigating many elements of the case.

“To the question of where did the gun come from that is a piece of information that we desperately need. We would like to determine that as part of the investigation,” said Sauls.

Investigators are asking anyone with information on the case to give them a call at 252-329-4315 or Crime Stoppers at 252-758-7777.