Teen is Chester County's first homicide victim of 2014

07/17/2014 7:19 PM

07/18/2014 6:35 PM

A teenager fatally shot on a road is being investigated as a Chester County’s first homicide case of 2014.

On Wednesday night, someone in a car spotted a body on Pinckney Road, near Reedy Street in Chester.

Shyheim DeAngelo Kennedy, 16, of Chester was the victim of a fatal shooting, according to county Coroner Terry Tinker.

Kennedy was pronounced dead at the scene at 10:16 p.m. Wednesday, Tinker said.

The victim died from a single gunshot wound to the chest, Tinker said.

As of Thursday afternoon, authorities were “flooded with leads,” said Chester Police spokeswoman Keisha Tobias.

“We’re trying to follow every possible lead,” Tobias said.

The first and only 911 call related to the incident was received at 9:42 p.m., Tobias said, and was from the person who saw Kennedy’s body in the road.

No additional calls were made about gunshots in the area, although it is a relatively populated area with houses in the immediate vicinity.

Kennedy withdrew from Chester High School in October 2013, according to school district officials. At the time, he transferred to Hoke County High School in Raeford, N.C.

Hoke County High School officials said they did not have Kennedy listed as a current student.

Kennedy’s father, Christopher Kennedy, told Herald news partner WSOC-TV that he had moved his 16-year-old son out of his hometown of Chester to get him away from trouble.

But Christopher Kennedy’s son had returned home for the summer to live with his mother and he had walked to a neighborhood store Wednesday night when the shooting happened.

“His grandmother gave him some money to go buy something to eat at the store, and on his way back somebody walked up to him and shot him...” Christopher Kennedy told WSOC-TV.

Anyone with information related to the shooting is asked to call 1-800-CRIMESTOPPERS.

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