ROCKINGHAM — Police are investigating the homicide of a juvenile late last week.
According to Detective Lt. George Gillenwater, a child under the age of 16 was found dead when police arrived on the scene in the area of Rockingham Road and Palisade Circle early Friday morning.
Police are not yet releasing the name or age of the victim or a cause of death.
Gillenwater also declined to comment when asked if there were any other injuries related to the incident.
No arrests have been made in this case.
This makes the fourth declared homicide within the city limits so far this year.
The second homicide happened in the same area as the most recent.
David Giovanni Boseman, 25, was killed Saturday, Jan. 16 around 4:30 p.m. while sitting in a 2005 Chevrolet Malibu on Palisade Circle, police say. Samantha Sabrina Issac was also injured in the shooting.
Marquis Tavon Quick, 22, of Bennettsville, South Carolina, turned himself in on Jan. 22. He is charged with one count each of first-degree murder, attempted first-degree murder, assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury and discharging a firearm into an occpied property.
The first homicide occurred Jan. 14 when Dominique Rashad Little, of Rockingham, was shot while sitting in a 2010 Land Rover Range Rover in a parking lot on Cauthen Drive. The report lists two other victims in the case: 54-year-old Michael Todd Montgomery of Hamlet and 37-year-old Anita Nesha Pemberton of Trinity. There is no indication from the report that either of them were injured.
The crimes under investigation are first-degree murder, discharging a weapon into an occupied property, discharging a firearm in city limits and injury to real property.
On Feb. 3, police announced that a reward was being offered for information leading to an arrest in that case. Anyone with information is encouraged to call Richmond County Crime Stoppers at 910-997-5454.
The third homicide also happened in January and involved a teenager.
Officers responded to 907 Biggs Blvd. on Jan. 20 in reference to an unresponsive teenage male, according to a statement issued Feb. 11. The victim was 15-year-old Casey Glenn Johnson, who died Jan. 23.
Police have charged Joseph Ray Carroll with first-degree murder and prosecutors are seeking the death penalty.
The victim’s mother, Michelle Johnson is also charged with an open count of murder and was scheduled to appear in court Monday, according to state records.
Police are also investigating the death of 41-year-old Deana Brock Poplin of Hamlet.
According to an incident report, an officer responded to Burger King just before 3 p.m. March 2 “in reference to a female unconscious in the roadway.” The report states that Poplin was “possibly” run over by a suspect vehicle.
Poplin died the following day.
Her death has not yet been ruled a homicide. Gillenwater said Monday that investigators are still awaiting forensic results.
All defendants facing criminal charges are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.