Shelby police arrest boyfriend in death of 17-year-old

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SHELBY - Shelby police said Saturday night they have issued an arrest warrant for the boyfriend of a 17-year-old girl who was shot and killed early Saturday morning. Aaron Byers is in custody.

Byers has been charged with murder, possession of a firearm by felon and attempted armed robbery.

Police spent much of Saturday investigating Hannah Bickley’s death. She was shot on Holder Drive around 2:30 a.m. Saturday.

"She just said ‘Lord it's a body lying in my yard,’” said Carolyn Webber.

Webber said her sister walked out of her house and saw Bickley lying in her yard.  Minutes earlier, officers were responding to a robbery on Holder Drive, just a few blocks away, when the girl’s 19-year-old boyfriend flagged them down from his car. 

He told them that he and Bickley were the ones robbed on Holder Drive and she was shot in the process. Emergency workers pulled the girl into the yard to try and save her, but they pronounced her dead at the scene.

"I just hate for this to happen,” said Webber.

The boyfriend later told police that he and Bickley were out meeting a friend to give them money.

"He never got the friend to come to the door as they were leaving and taking off is when the robbery (and) shooting took place,” said Capt. Rick Stafford.

Police said they believe Bickley was possibly a student at Cherryville High School and that she was slated to graduate this year.