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Warrants have been issued for the person Charlotte police suspect of killing a bus driver

Darian Dru Thavychith
Mecklenburg County Sheriff's Office
Darian Dru Thavychith

A warrant for murder has been issued for the person Charlotte-Mecklenburg police suspect of shooting and killing CATS bus driver Ethan Rivera on Feb. 11.

According to authorities, the suspect is Darian Dru Thavychith, 21, of Charlotte. He was not in custody as of Monday afternoon.

Police said the shooting appeared to have been a result of a road rage incident. Two warrants total — confirmed by the Mecklenburg County Sheriff's Office — were issued, charging Thavychith with murder and discharging a weapon into an occupied space.

Rivera was shot while driving a bus near West Trade and South Graham streets about 9:30 p.m. Feb. 11. None of the four passengers on the bus were injured.

Charlotte Area Transit System called the slaying "a senseless act of violence."

Last week, CMPD released images from a camera on the bus that showed a suspect driving an SUV.

"If it happened to my son, your child could be next because this person didn’t seem to care who Ethan was or who he was leaving behind," Rivera's mother, Sylvia Rivera, said at a police news conference last week urging people with information on the homicide to come forward.

CMPD has reported 10 homicides in Charlotte this year, including Rivera's death.

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Sarah Delia is a Senior Producer for Charlotte Talks with Mike Collins. Sarah joined the WFAE news team in 2014. An Edward R. Murrow Award-winning journalist, Sarah has lived and told stories from Maine, New York, Indiana, Alabama, Virginia and North Carolina. Sarah received her B.A. in English and Art history from James Madison University, where she began her broadcast career at college radio station WXJM. Sarah has interned and worked at NPR in Washington DC, interned and freelanced for WNYC, and attended the Salt Institute for Radio Documentary Studies.