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Eastern student one of two teens found murdered in western Orange County

Two teenagers, including an Eastern Alamance High School student who had been reported missing this weekend, were found fatally shot Sunday afternoon in the woods in western Orange County just outside Mebane.

The death of Eastern High School junior Devin Clark, black, male, 18, is being investigated as part of a possible double homicide, according to the Orange County sheriff’s department.

Clark had been reported missing after he was last seen leaving his home in Mebane Friday morning.

Devin Clark

Several reports indicated that Clark had been a wide receiver for the Eagles’ football team, although it appears that was last year, not currently.

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Men riding four-wheelers Sunday afternoon in the woods in western Orange County, near Buckhorn Flea Market in Mebane, discovered the bodies of two young people, a black male and white female, who appeared to be less than 20 years old, according to the initial report from the Orange County sheriff’s department.

Orange County sheriff’s deputies responded to the area Sunday afternoon after two men reported discovering a pair of bodies just off a power-line easement.

The North Carolina Medical Examiner’s Office is working to confirm the official cause of death, though both victims had sustained what appeared to be gunshot wounds, according to the sheriff’s office.

By Monday afternoon, Orange County sheriff Charles S. Blackwood confirmed that the victims were Clark and Lyric Isabella Woods, 14, who was reported missing from her home on Saturday and was believed to have been with Clark.

Lyric Isabella Woods

The Orange County sheriff’s office described Woods as a freshman at Cedar Ridge High School in Hillsborough.

“Our hearts are heavy this morning as we have learned about the death of one of our Eastern Alamance High School students,” Les Atkins, public information officer for ABSS, said Monday. “Counselors will be on hand today to assist students and staff. We send our condolences to the student’s family and friends at this time.”

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