Detectives are investigating a young man’s death as a homicide after an autopsy showed he had been shot to death, authorities said Thursday.
The body of Eneas Bustos-Rojas, 18, was found Tuesday night in the woods behind Skyline Village Apartments , Winston-Salem police said.
The N.C. Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Raleigh conducted an autopsy Thursday on Bustos-Rojas’ body.
Bustos-Rojas died of several gunshot wounds, Capt. Steven Tollie of the Winston-Salem Police Department said.
No arrests have been made.
“We have investigators in the field working right now,” Tollie said. “We are continuing to follow up on investigative leads.”
Tollie declined to provide details about what type of gun was used in the shooting.
“We have some evidence on that, but there’s not a final determination on that,” Tollie said.
Police received a tip around 7:20 p.m. Tuesday about a body near the apartments on Timlic Avenue, in the southern part of the city. Investigators found Bustos-Rojas’ body about 150 yards in the woods behind building No. 9 at Skyline.
The body was not wrapped up or covered when police found it with the help of Triad Bloodhounds and a police dog.
It was unclear how long the body had been there or what the circumstances were leading up to Bustos-Rojas’ death.
Two neighbors said they heard four gunshots about 10 or 11 p.m. Monday.
About noon Wednesday, Bustos-Rojas’ family and others gathered at an apartment building farther down Timlic Avenue. About 50 people linked hands to pray together in Spanish and English.
Bustos-Rojas’ body was found a block away from where a Texas man, Tevin Lamar Bonner, was fatally shot last month. A 13-year-old boy and a 15-year-old boy were charged in the June 17 shooting. Bonner, 28, of El Paso, Texas, died a few days later.
Police have said they do not believe that the two incidents are connected.
Anahy Hernandez, Bustos-Rojas’ sister, said Thursday through a translator that her brother was a former student at Parkland High School and loved to play basketball.
Randell Womsley, Bustos-Rojas’ godfather, said that Bustos-Rojas had produced a record label with rap music with his friends.
Bustos-Rojas’ death is the city’s 14th homicide this year, as compared with 13 homicides during the same period in Winston-Salem in 2018, police said.
Anyone with information about Bustos-Rojas’ death is asked to call Winston-Salem police at 336-773-7700 or Crime Stoppers at 336-727-2800. Crime Stoppers of Winston-Salem is also on Facebook.