Man charged with Myrtle Beach murder now charged in NC teen’s killing

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SPRING LAKE, N.C. (WNCN/WBTW) – Authorities say that a teen was killed Sunday evening in Spring Lake, North Carolina. 

One of the men charged is also charged with murder in a case in Myrtle Beach. 

WBTW’s Nexstar sister station WNCN reports that according to the Harnett County Sheriff’s Office, the incident was reported just after 6 p.m. in the 100 block of Hillandale Drive. 

Emmanuwell Leigh Nelson, 17, died after suffering what appeared to be a gunshot wound, the news release said.

“We have not established a motive for the shooting at this time,” according to the news release.

Authorities did say they were talking to a “person of interest” on Sunday night.

On Monday morning, the sheriff’s office announced two arrests had been made in the case.

Earl Rafel Gaddis, Jr., 19, and Dylan Michael Gaddis, 16, both of Spring Lake, were each charged with homicide and aggravated assault.

They’re both being held under no bond and have a first court appearance scheduled for Monday in Harnett County court.

Gaddis, Jr, and Terence Isacc Blackwell were charged with murder in June after a man was found shot inside a public restroom in Myrtle Beach. 

Captain Joey Crosby told News13 that around 11:30 p.m. on June 7, officers reported hearing gunshots in the area of 12th Ave N near Ocean Boulevard. Officers arrived on scene “in a matter of seconds” because of close proximity and discovered a man in the public restroom at 1104 Withers Alley. It was apparent the man had been shot and officers immediately provided medical aid.

First responders arrived and the victim was transported to the hospital, where he later died as a result of his injuries, confirms Capt. Crosby. The victim has been identified as Sylvester Bellamy, of Georgetown.

According to J. Reuben Long Detention Center booking records, Gaddis was booked for murder and other charges on June 9 and released on September 29. His bond was set at $75,000. 

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