Teen from Sanford Charged With First-Degree Murder

Recent reports claim that a 15-year-old boy was arrested on Monday on a murder charge for the death of 48-year-old Monty Leroy Simmons and 16-year-old Aaliyah Chalmers over the weekend.

Simmons was found shot various times in a home at 2218 Dalrymple St. late Saturday night.

Chalmers was being treated on Monday at UNC Hospitals and was expected to recover.

Police did not state how the teen was associated with Simmons or the girl.

Alicia Williams Stone, Simmons’ cousin, said the family is now heartbroken and that her cousin never got into trouble.

“I hope whoever did it, they get justice,” she said. “The mother is grieving…he was a good person.”

The teen was arrested on Monday afternoon following a search and he was charged with first-degree murder, attempted murder and possession of a firearm by a minor. He was scheduled to appear before a judge in Lee County juvenile court on Friday.

Police have not said what the teen’s intention was.

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