North Carolina cemetery murder: 18-year-old woman charged after man found fatally injured

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An 18-year-old woman in North Carolina has been charged with murder after a 69-year old man was found fatally injured in a cemetery. 

Raleigh police on Saturday night announced the arrest of Maria Elizabeth Pena-Echeverria. She has been charged with murder and is being held at the Wake County Detention Center.

Officers responded to Mt. Olivet Cemetery after receiving a 911 call around 10 p.m. Friday, WNCN reported. 

Police found a man who was seriously injured. Authorities have not said how the man was hurt. He was declared dead later at a nearby hospital.

On Saturday, police identified him as James Lacy Taylor. The investigation is ongoing. Authorities have not released a potential motive. 

This photo provided by the Raleigh Police Department shows Maria Elizabeth Pena-Echeverria, 18, charged with murder after a fatally injured 69-year old man was found in a North Carolina cemetery. (Raleigh Police Department via AP)

The cemetery is adjacent to Schenck Forest, which is managed by North Carolina State University. 

Campus police put out an alert Friday night saying witnesses saw a woman and two men leaving the scene. Two separate vehicles fled toward Reedy Creek Road. 

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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