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Shonniel Blackburn
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Sixth Suspect In Hickory Murder Case Taken Into Custody

A fifth juvenile suspect has been charged with murder in connection with the homicide of Shonniel Blackburn last month. The 17-year-old was taken into custody by Hickory Police Investigators on Monday (July 11).

At about 12:30 p.m. on June 13 officers responded to Blue Ridge Heights Apartments on the 900 block of 1st Street S.W. in Hickory. Upon arrival, Officers found Mr. Blackburn lying on the ground with an apparent gunshot wound. Catawba County E.M.S. attempted lifesaving procedures, but then later pronounced the victim deceased at the scene.

Three 16-year-old males and one 15-year-old male were taken into custody after juvenile petitions for murder were issued. On July 1, 21-year-old Aunshae Montezz Conley of Newton was arrested and charged by the Hickory Police Department with murder. He was taken into custody by the U.S. Marshal’s Service.