Crime & Courts

Teen's shooting death still being investigated

CONWAY - An investigation into the shooting death of a Carolina Forest High School junior and the stabbing of the school resource officer remains active by agents with the State Law Enforcement Division, a spokeswoman said Friday.

Because the investigation is ongoing, few details have been released about the Oct. 16 incident, in which 16-year-old Trevor Varinecz died after being shot by Horry County police Lance Cpl. Marcus Rhodes, the school's resource officer, said Jennifer Timmons, a SLED spokeswoman.

Authorities said Varinecz was armed with two knives and attacked Rhodes at 8:20 a.m. Oct. 16 inside Rhodes' office. Police and school officials said Varinecz asked to speak to Rhodes and after the two went into Rhodes' office inside the school's F building and closed the door, an altercation occurred. Rhodes was stabbed and Varinecz was shot five times, including one fatal wound to the chest.

Preliminary findings in the investigation showed Rhodes did nothing wrong in the shooting and was justified in his actions, according to 15th Judicial Deputy Solicitor Fran Humphries.