Man charged following motel death of N.C. teen soccer player

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A 13-year-old soccer player was killed Friday night in Raleigh, N.C., after he was struck by a bullet that passed through the wall of a motel room.

According to the Winston-Salem Journal, Nathan Andrew Clark, of Lewisville, N.C., was staying at the motel for a soccer tournament nearby, when a man in a neighboring room accidentally discharged a firearm. The shot then struck Clark after passing through the wall. The Winston-Salem Journal says the teen was dead when police arrived at the scene around 11 p.m.

Authorities charged the man, Randall Louis Vater, 42, of Knightdale, N.C., with manslaughter and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

A former coach of Clark’s, Scott Wollaston, told the Winston-Salem Journal he had known the teen since Clark was 7.

“It’s surreal,” Wollaston told the paper. “I feel like I’m in a warp zone right now. It’s like I’m going to wake up.”

Wollaston sent an email to soccer parents and supporters announcing Clark’s death, the Winston-Salem Journal reported.

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