Arrest made in stray-bullet death of Robeson County 5-year-old boy

ROBESON COUNTY, N.C. (WTVD) -- A Red Springs man has been arrested in the shooting death of a 5-year-old Robeson County boy.

Donovan Travale Locklear, 24, of Hwy 72, West was arrested Friday at the Robeson County Sheriff's Office.

Locklear is charged with second-degree murder in connection with the death of Alva Paisley Oxendine Jr., 5, of Red Springs, who died after being caught in crossfire June 5.

"This particular investigation has been personally troubling for investigators due to the age and cause of death of a child," Sheriff Burnis Wilkins said. "While it took an extended time to interview everyone involved in this situation and to complete a fact finding mission; this case remains open as we continue to seek out evidence and others that participated in the fight that led to this unfortunate death."

Alva died at Southeastern Medical Center from his injuries.

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The shooting happened after a fight involving 20 to 30 people. Alva was struck by a bullet while sitting inside in the rear seat of his mother's vehicle. His brother was also in the rear seat of the vehicle.

Locklear is being held at the Robeson County Detention Center with a $500,000 secured bond.

He will have his first appearance in Robeson County District Court on Monday.

The Robeson County Sheriff's and District Attorney's Offices are conducting a joint investigation into the death of Oxendine. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearm and Explosives is also assisting with the investigation. The investigation is ongoing and more arrests are likely. Anyone with information about the case is asked to contact the Robeson County Sheriff's Office at (910) 671-3170 or (910) 671-3100.

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