Bond denied for suspect in homicide of recent high school graduate

Xavier Johnson and his mother at his graduation.
Xavier Johnson and his mother at his graduation.(Misty Longino)
Published: Jun. 9, 2022 at 12:09 AM EDT|Updated: Jun. 10, 2022 at 2:55 PM EDT
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SPARTANBURG, S.C. (FOX Carolina) - Spartanburg County deputies have arrested a teenager after an 18-year-old died from a gunshot wound in Lyman.

The Spartanburg County Coroner’s Office was called to Spartanburg Regional Medical Center to respond to a shooting death that took place on Wild Cherry Circle.

The victim, Nathaniel Xavier Johnson, 18, was pronounced dead at 12:42 a.m. on Thursday, according to the coroner’s office.

Xavier Johnson recently graduated from Greer High School.
Xavier Johnson recently graduated from Greer High School.(Misty Longino)

Deputies say Caleb Emmanuel Pietras, 17, of Greer is charged with murder, possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime and unlawful possession of a pistol.

Pietras, who is being charged as an adult due to the seriousness of the offenses, had a bond court hearing at 2 p.m. on Friday. He was denied bond.

Caleb Emmanuel Pietras, 17
Caleb Emmanuel Pietras, 17(Spartanburg County Sheriff's Office)

We spoke with Johnson’s mother Misty Longino who said her son went by Xavier. Xavier just graduated from Greer High School on Tuesday, May 3, and was supposed to go to Army Bootcamp in July to become an Army ranger.

Longino also said she found out her son had just became an organ donor. His body is on the way to Columbia for organ harvesting.

“I feel like taking his life has just drained everything out of me,” said Longino. “I have stage four breast cancer. I’m supposed to start chemo tomorrow and honestly I don’t even want to fight it. I just don’t have it in me.”

Xavier Johnson, 18
Xavier Johnson, 18(Viewer Submission)

The Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office is investigating.

Stay tuned as we work to learn more.

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