Terreon Geter: 14-Year-Old Charlotte Boy Killed in Strip Mall Shooting

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Terreon Geter is a 14-year-old boy who died in a shooting near an arcade in Charlotte, North Carolina, police say.

Police confirmed in an official statement the victim of the shooting was teenager Terreon Izavier Geter, who was killed after 1 p.m. on June 30 “on the 3400 block of Beatties Ford Road, near Lynchester Place,” according to officials and local news reports.

“CMPD detectives are investigating a homicide in the 3200 block of Beatties Ford Road. One person was transported to a local hospital where they have been pronounced deceased,” the tweet read.

A later police tweet named Geter as the victim.

The shooting occurred “near the Busy Arcade inside a strip mall on Beatties Ford Road,” WSOC-TV Channel 9 reported.

Here’s what you need to know:

1. Another Person was ‘Seriously Injured’ In the Shooting, Authorities Say

The Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department said an “altercation” occurred at the arcade on Beatties Ford Road. Police arrived on the scene after receiving a phone call around 1 p.m. from a nearby shopping center.

According to WBTV, “two people were shot. When officers arrived, they found the boy with an apparent gunshot wound outside the arcade on Beatties Ford Road. A Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s deputy was working off duty nearby when they heard shots and ran towards it.”

WBTV’s Caroline Hicks tweeted from a press conference with CMPD Maj. Dave Robinson, “around 1:30pm altercation took place at arcade. 2 people shot. Juvenile died. Second victim transported via private car and stopped at W Trade St where MEDIC picked victim up and took to Atrium hospital.”

The Charlotte Observer reported that the death was the third homicide within 24 hours. Official police account posts on June 29 and June 30 confirmed homicide investigations were being conducted near the 2700 block of Tuckaseegee Rd and near the 9100 block of Trinity Road.

The eventual death toll from a Juneteenth event the week before, on June 22, also at Beatties Road, was four in total.

No arrests have been made yet in relation to the death, according to Fox News.

“No further information has been released and there is no word on what may have led to the shooting,” WBTV said.

2. Geter’s Sister Says the Teenager Was ‘My World’

The victim’s family was “seeking justice” for his death, according to Fox 46. In an interview with the outlet, the family said they were looking for answers as to why the boy was shot in the first place.

“He was my world. He was my mom’s world. He was the most caring person in the world,” Rotisha Geter, one of Terreon’s sisters, told Fox 46. “I just wish I could have my brother back. I would do anything to have my brother back,” Tia Geter, Terreon’s other sister, told the news outlet.
“He was on his way to high school. He was going to be a freshman,” Rotisha said.

3. Geter’s Grandmother Described the Last Time She Saw Him, as He Said ‘Grandma, I Love You.’

Speaking with Channel 9′s Ken Lemon, Geter’s grandmother, Patricia, said she was praying for the shooter who killed her grandson, and promised, “I won’t do anything to you, but you will suffer. You will pay. I’m hurting. I’m trying hard not to show it.” She told the news outlet of her last conversation with Terreon: “When he left out this door here, walked out and he say, ‘Grandma I love you.‘ I said I love you too Terreon. Just a baby, 14 years old.”

“He was great guy. He was well loved. Im praying for you and your family,” a woman wrote on a Facebook comment thread.

“Very sorry for your loss he was a handsome young man he went to school with my grandson 😭😭😢🙌🙌” a woman wrote.

4. Memorials Flooded Social Media for the Boy

Relatives posted tributes to Terreon. “One of your teachers made this for you Terreon Geter I saw it and broke down❤️😇 The love that people have for you is amazing baby ❤️” Rotisha Geter wrote on her Facebook page.

She added: “Terreon Geter Today was hard but They painted the Raiders rock for you baby brother at your Middle School ❤️❤️❤️❤️.”

“He was one of the best things to ever happen to me❤️ 14 years wasn’t enough baby ❤️❤️❤️❤️ I LOVE YOU TERREON GETER ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ I LOVE YOU BABY,” Rotisha wrote in another post.

5. Mecklenburg County Sheriff Gary McFadden Addressed the Recent Shootings in Charlotte at a Press Conference

Charlotte Observer’s Jeff Taylor reported on a June 29 press conference held by Mecklenburg County Sheriff Gary McFadden on Beatties Ford Rd.

During the conference, McFadden addressed the recent spate of shootings, including “the signing of a proclamation calling for justice for those killed … at the Juneteenth block party and for better leadership for the community,” Taylor said.

Speaking at a podium behind a “Black Lives Matter” sign, McFadden discussed the Juneteenth shootings on Beatties Road, saying, “hold your elected officials accountable. If they are not doing their job, you have the right vote them out, and that includes me.

“It seems like I’m angry. No, I’m just upset. I’m just upset at the leadership in the city.”

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