Crime & Courts

16-year-old found shot to death on side of SC highway, coroner says

South Carolina 16-year-old Devon Curry was shot in the chest and died late Tuesday night.
South Carolina 16-year-old Devon Curry was shot in the chest and died late Tuesday night. GoFundMe Screengrab

South Carolina police are investigating the death of a 16-year-old boy whose body was found near an intersection late Tuesday night.

Greenville County Senior Deputy Coroner Kent Dill identified the victim as Devon Javon Curry, of Spartanburg.

A passerby found Curry’s body lying on the ground around 11:40 p.m. Tuesday behind a building on the 900 block of U.S. 123, which is also known as Easley Bridge Road, Dill said. The teen had a gunshot wound to his chest.

Dill said the teen died where he was found after being shot at 11:15 p.m., and that his death has been ruled a homicide.

Information on a suspect or motive in the killing was not available.

An autopsy on Curry was scheduled for Wednesday, the coroner said.

Curry’s uncle, Brent Stewart, said the teen was a football player at Spartanburg High School, and “had dreams of going to Clemson,” WSPA reported.

A spokeswoman for Spartanburg School District 7 said Curry last attended class in Spartanburg in 2018, but mourned his death in a statement shared by WYFF.

“We were deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Devon Curry today,” Beth Lancaster said in teh statement. “Devon is a former District 7 student who attended our schools until 2018, and his untimely loss impacts us all. Our hearts go out to Devon’s family and to all who knew and loved him.”

The coroner said Curry was planning on attending Spartanburg High School.

Stewart set up an online fundraiser for his sister to help the family cover funeral expenses.

In it, he said Curry was the middle child of three sons and was “involved in a drive by shooting ... and his so called friends just left him for dead on the side of the road.”

His death is being investigated by the coroner, the Greenville County Sheriff’s Office and the Travelers Rest Police Department.

Anyone with information is asked to call Greenville Crimestoppers at 864-23-CRIME

Teddy Kulmala covers breaking news for The State and covered crime and courts for seven years in Columbia, Rock Hill, Aiken and Lumberton, N.C. He graduated from Clemson University and grew up in Barnwell County.