Teen found dead at James City Co. playground; 15-year-old charged with murder

Posted at 10:02 AM, Oct 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-24 09:04:24-05

JAMES CITY Co., Va. - Police are investigating a homicide that happened in the early morning hours Friday.

Around 1:45 a.m., officers were dispatched to the playground in Pocahontas Square in the 1900 block of Algonquin Trail in reference to a gun shot victim.

When they got to the scene they said they found a teenager suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. He was identified as 17-year-old Carlos Fermir Vanegas-Escobar and was pronounced dead at the scene.

Investigators believe that the shooting happened sometime between 12:20 a.m., and 1:30 a.m.

Vanegas-Escobar was taken to the Tidewater Office of the Chief Medical Examiner for an autopsy.

In November, a 15-year-old teen was been charged with murder in connection with this incident. The teen turned himself in to police at the Merrimac Center (Juvenile Detention) on November 23, police said.

If you saw anything suspicious, 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 this time, please contact Investigator Logan English at 757-603-6033 or

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