Police: Boyfriend Killed 17-Year-Old Girlfriend In Shelby

SHELBY, N.C. (WCNC) – A 17-year-old Cherryville girl is dead and her boyfriend is charged with her murder, after police said he called 911 to report they had been robbed -- and then flagged down police to help her.

Aaron Byers, 19, is charged with murder, attempted armed robbery, and possession of a firearm by a felon, after the death of Hannah Bickley.

Bickley was a senior at Cherryville High School, just weeks from graduating.

Shelby police said Byers called 911 around 2:30 a.m. to report an armed robbery and shooting on Holder Drive, near the intersection of W. Dixon Blvd. and S. Lafayette Street.

As police responded to the call, Byers flagged them down on Broad Street, a few blocks away, and told them Bickley was in the car and had been shot during the robbery.

Bickley was pronounced dead at the scene.

Detectives questioned Byers for several hours and arrested him around 10:30 Saturday night.

Neighbors who woke up to the grisly scene were troubled by the teen's death. One woman, who asked not to be identified, said her son alerted her to the murder.

"He heard gunshots, where they came from he didn't know," she said. "He said let me in mom, and don't look out -- theres a body laying in your yard."

Shelby Police Capt. Rick Stafford said Byers originally told officers he and Bickley had gone to the neighborhood to drop off some money with a friend, and that's when they were held up at gunpoint.

Capt. Stafford said the story didn't turn out to be accurate. Stafford said he can't release details about how Bickley ended up shot, because the case is still under investigation.

Saturday evening, Bickley's parents were overwhelmed with grief. Her grandmother, Pauline, called Hannah a "strong girl, a beautiful girl" who made friends with everybody.

Hannah's father, Guy, said she had just gotten off work at the Waffle House and texted her that she was training for another job. She wanted to study to become a nurse, said her father.

When asked about Byers -- hours before his arrest -- Guy Bickley replied, "He's no good for her."

Byers was on probation at the time of the shooting. He was convicted in December of several felony counts of breaking and entering.

Hannah Bickley's uncle said her mother was "too upset to speak."

The neighbor who woke up to the murder on Broad Street expressed how it made her feel--

"I just hate that our young people gone crazy with guns," she said. "Makes me sad."


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