Monday, February 26, 2024

James City County teen found shot to death at a local playground

Carlos Fermir Vanegas-Escobar.(WYDaily/Courtesy of James City County Police)
Carlos Fermir Vanegas-Escobar.(WYDaily/Courtesy of James City County Police)

James City County Police are asking the public for information involving the shooting death of a 17-year-old boy Friday morning.

Authorities identified the teen as Carlos Fermir Vanegas-Escobar. They said he was shot multiple times.

Police were called out at 1:41 a.m. to the playground in Pocahontas Square on the 1900 block of Algonquin Trail in reference to a gunshot victim.

A “family member” called the police, said department spokeswoman Stephanie Williams.

There they found Vanegas-Escobar, who was pronounced dead at the scene.

Investigators said they believe that the shooting occurred sometime between 12:20 and 1:30 a.m. Friday. — police are still trying to find out where the teen was shot.

Vanegas-Escobar’s body was taken to the Tidewater Office of the Chief Medical Examiner for an autopsy, police said.

Additional details about the shooting was not immediately released.

Authorities are asking anyone who may have witnessed anything suspicious or know who may have been involved or have home security video camera systems, including doorbell cameras, that may have captured suspicious person(s) or vehicle(s) during that time  to contact Investigator Logan English at 757-603-6033 or

Tipsters may also call the Crime Line at 888-LOCK-U-UP or submit tips online at

Callers to the Crime Line and P3 Tips users may remain anonymous, do not have to testify in court and may be eligible for a reward up to $1,000 if the information provided leads to an arrest, police said.

John Mangalonzo
John Mangalonzo
John Mangalonzo ( is the managing editor of Local Voice Media’s Virginia papers – WYDaily (Williamsburg), Southside Daily (Virginia Beach) and HNNDaily (Hampton-Newport News). Before coming to Local Voice, John was the senior content editor of The Bellingham Herald, a McClatchy newspaper in Washington state. Previously, he served as city editor/content strategist for USA Today Network newsrooms in St. George and Cedar City, Utah. John started his professional journalism career shortly after graduating from Lyceum of The Philippines University in 1990. As a rookie reporter for a national newspaper in Manila that year, John was assigned to cover four of the most dangerous cities in Metro Manila. Later that year, John was transferred to cover the Philippine National Police and Armed Forces of the Philippines. He spent the latter part of 1990 to early 1992 embedded with troopers in the southern Philippines as they fought with communist rebels and Muslim extremists. His U.S. journalism career includes reporting and editing stints for newspapers and other media outlets in New York City, California, Texas, Iowa, Utah, Colorado and Washington state.

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