Police arrest suspects in shooting death of Pitt County woman

Ciera Clark shot and killed on Aug. 17

Police arrest suspects in shooting death of Pitt County woman (Reporter: Amanda Brannon)

GREENVILLE, PITT COUNTY - Police have arrested three suspects in the shooting death of a Greenville woman who was found in her wrecked car.

Investigators told NewsChannel 12 Friday morning they arrested 20-year-old Daitrieyuaon Parker, 21-year-old Allysia Parker and 24-year-old, Timothy Reaves, Jr. All three have been charged with open murder in the death of 26-year-old Ciera Michelle Clark on Aug. 17.  The three suspects were being held without bond at the Pitt County Detention Center.

Police did not release a motive, but Chief Hassan Aden did discuss the case at a news conference at about noon Friday.

"There were circumstances to led up to the event but I can say the victim didn't have anything to do with them," Chief Aden said.

Clark's mother, Mary Clark, was also at the news conference. She had a message for people allegedly responsible for her daughter's murder.

"Y'all knew me. You knew me. Came right up to me the same night before you killed my daughter," she said.

Clark said she found out about the arrests late Thursday night.

"[The detective] said he had all three of them which I think was great. Great to get them. But like I said at the vigil they would be caught before she goes in the ground and it happened. The Lord answered my prayer," Clark said.

Officers said they responded to a report of gunshots and a vehicle crash at the intersection of West 14th Avenue and Tyson Street at about 3:29 a.m. on Aug. 17. According to investigators, Clark was shot and crashed her vehicle.

Witnesses told police that two vehicles were seen stopped in the travel lanes near the intersection. Shots were heard and one vehicle drove away. The victim's car then traveled across the intersection and hit a pedestrian crosswalk signal pole, police said.

Investigators said Clark was transported to Vidant Medical Center, where she was later pronounced dead from an apparent gunshot wound.

Juanita Smith lives across the street from where the shooting happened.

"I heard pop, pop and not long after that, I heard a boom that came from her car hitting the pole," Smith said.

Smith told NewsChannel 12 she didn't know Clark well, but heard good things about her.

"I never heard her name come up in nothing bad. I always knew her to be a good educated child," said Smith. "Everybody out here is saying, 'oh my God.' They need to do something quick because one of the good ones is always snatched away," Smith said.

Clark was studying criminal justice at Pitt Community College.

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