LEXINGTON, N.C. (WBTV) - Police have charged a 21-year-old North Carolina man with murder after investigators say a teenager was killed by a paving stone thrown through a car window.
Investigators say Shelby Chisom, 17, and Michael John Craver, 21, were attending a party Friday night that spilled over into Saturday morning.
Davidson County deputies say Chisom was injured before 6 a.m. while riding in a car along Woodfield Drive, off Eller Road. Chisom was sitting in the front passenger seat of a car with three of her friends, when a concrete paving stone was thrown through the side window, hitting Chisom.
The funeral for Chisom is planned for Saturday -- a week after her death. The funeral will be at 11 am at Good Hope United Methodist Church in Davidson County.
Grice described the paving stone as "concrete, a 12 x 12 x 2 inch thick paver." Chisom apparently died from severe trauma to her liver -- which was suffered the brunt of the impact from the rock, according to WGHP-TV.
"I've seen situations where people throw things at cars," said Davidson County Sheriff David Grice. "But not to the extent of death."
Deputies say the driver drove away from the home and Chisom's friends encouraged her to go to the hospital. They drove her to Lexington Memorial Hospital and she was later transported to Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center where she died nearly six hours later.
She was a student at North Davidson High School and has been described a soccer standout at the school.
North Davidson parents and many students received the news Saturday as some yearly athletic photos were being taken at the school, according to sports website myndsports.com. The athletes and parents were informed during "a packed athletic parents meeting in the Pete Jones Gymnasium," the website said.
On Monday friends of Chisom talked to WBTV across from North Davidson High School.
"Her personality radiated through any situation, if you were upset she was always there for you no matter what," said Tori Ayres. "I sat beside her in psychology and she was always smiling and everybody loved her she was just that person that nobody can ever hate, it was just shocking. I can't believe that happened to her of all people, I mean she was just that person."
In lieu of flowers for Chisom, memorials may be directed to Good Hope United Methodist Church or to the youth group at 10253 Hampton Road, Lexington, NC 27295 or North Davidson High School Athletics Club at 7227 Old U.S. Highway 52, Lexington, NC 27295.
Craver was arrested Saturday morning and was being held in the Davidson County jail. He made his first court appearance on Monday afternoon. He did not speak, but has hired an attorney, according to court officials.
Craver's next court date is August 23.