14-year-old charged in soldier's murder waives hearing

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DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. - A 14-year-old accused of shooting and killing a 21-year-old soldier waived his court appearance scheduled for Monday afternoon.

Atlanta police arrested the juvenile Saturday for allegedly shooting X'avier Arnold last week during an attempted robbery on a bike path between Rogers and Warren streets in Kirkwood.

Police have not released the name of the suspect, who has been charged with one count of murder and one count of armed robbery. Homicide detectives are still actively searching for any other suspects involved in the crime.

On Saturday family members, friends and community members held a candlelight vigil near the spot where Arnold was gunned down. Many wore T-shirts with "X" to remember Xavier Arnold, who served with the National Guard and was a student at Savannah College of Art and Design.

His mother said Arnold had dreams of designing comics. He was on the bike path with friends to take pictures of a graffiti artist he admired, friends said.

Police are looking for a second suspect in connection with Arnold's death.

Anyone with information leading to the arrest is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 404-577-TIPS.

Stay with Channel 2 Action News for updates on this developing story.


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