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Teenagers charged in the death of 14-year-old Anthony Frazier

By Shavonne Walker

shavonne.walker@salisburypost.com

CHARLOTTE — Two teenagers have been charged in the Jan. 2 shooting death of 14-year-old Anthony Frazier, whose father works for the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police charged Reginald Lee Edmonds, 17, and Mangasha Dion Clark, 19, who is believed to have been the shooter. Authorities have said it does not appear the teens knew Frazier and Frazier was not the intended target.

Both Clark and Edmonds were charged Wednesday — Clark with murder and Edmonds with accessory after the fact of murder. Police have said the two teens are acquaintances.

Frazier was shot while inside a vehicle with family members he was visiting. Authorities have said the Kannapolis Middle School student was returning from a birthday party.

The boy’s father, Daniel Frazier, who at the time of the shooting was a Kannapolis police officer, has since begun working at the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office.

A Sheriff’s Office spokesman said that Daniel Frazier has declined to give interviews.

However, Daniel Frazier did speak with reporters briefly outside the Charlotte police station after the arrests of Edmonds and Clark.

“We’re extremely grateful. We appreciate the good people out there that cared. All the countless people that took time out of their own life to help,” Frazier told WBTV.

According to investigators, two people were in a bush near the home of Frazier’s relatives and shot Frazier after they ran from the area. Anthony Frazier died the next day at Carolinas Medical Center.

Edmonds was arrested Jan. 5, just three days after the shooting, on burglary and breaking and entering charges. He was served Jan. 6 with arrest warrants for breaking into a motor vehicle and misdemeanor charges, according to Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office jail records.

He was also arrested Jan. 12 on a warrant for misdemeanor larceny.

Jail records show Clark was arrested Jan. 31 and charged with second-degree burglary and larceny after breaking and entering. According to jail records, he was also charged in August 2016 with simple possession of marijuana.

Edmonds remains in jail under a $25,000 secured bond. No bond has been listed for Clark.

Contact reporter Shavonne Walker at 704-797-4253.

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