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James City County boy charged in connection with shooting death of 17-year-old

Police on Tuesday said a 15-year-old boy has been charged with murder in connection with the Oct. 30 shooting death of 17-year-old in James City County.

James City County Police did not release the boy’s identity.

They said he turned himself in at the Merrimac Center Juvenile Detention Monday.

Authorities identified the victim as Carlos Fermir Vanegas-Escobar.

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. Authorities said he was shot multiple times.

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

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

The case remains under investigation and authorities are still asking anyone who may have witnessed or know of the circumstances surrounding the shooting to 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

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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