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Prayer service planned for Kinston men killed

Family members of homicide victim Donald Girtley Jr. embrace after a Kinston Police Department press conference on Thursday, June 1, announcing the arrest of a 15-year-old charged with his killing. (Nicole Griffin/NewsChannel 12)

KINSTON, Lenoir County - A 15-year-old male has been arrested and charged with the double homicide of two men in a shooting on Wednesday in Kinston, police said.

The Kinston Police Department announced at a press conference Thursday morning that a 15-year-old had been arrested in Goldsboro and charged with the murders of Donald Girtley Jr., 18, of Goldsboro and Demone Nesbitt, 23, of Kinston.

The suspect was not named since he was a minor.

KPD chief Alonzo Jaynes said "this appears this was not a random act," though said one of the two victims appeared not to be the target.

"He just happened to be outside," Jaynes said.

Jaynes said the department is looking into the possibility that the murders could be tied to a string of shootings that occurred in the Goldsboro area over Memorial Day weekend. He declined to say whether the department was looking at additional suspects, but said the investigation is ongoing.

"We're going to continue to turn over rocks and shake bushes," Jaynes said.

The shooting in Kinston took place Wednesday at a housing complex at 13 Mitchell Wooten Court shortly before noon. Upon arrival, officers found Girtley Jr. with a gunshot wound. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Nesbitt died en route to Vidant Medical Center in Greenville.

A prayer circle will be held with Kinston Police Chief Alonzo Jaynes at 13 Mitchell Wooten Court on Friday at 11 a.m.

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