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Man charged in NC teen soccer player’s death pleads guilty

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RALEIGH, N.C. -- Randall Louis Vater pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter Monday in the 2014 death of 13-year-old Nathan Andrew Clark, WRAL reports.

Clark was asleep in a Raleigh hotel room when a shot fired by Vater penetrated the wall and killed him.

Raleigh police said the suspect and victim were in separate rooms at the Comfort Suites hotel at 1309 Corporation Parkway when the shooting occurred.

Police said the suspect accidentally discharged a firearm and a round went through a wall and fatally hit the victim. Officials said the suspect and victim did not know each other.

Clark was pronounced dead at the scene, authorities said.

He was a soccer player for the North Carolina Fusion and in Raleigh to play in the Capital Area Soccer League.

Clark was an eighth- grade student at Calvary Baptist Day School in Winston-Salem.

"He truly loved life, loved soccer, and loved people. I think he's one of those kids that every day he walked in the building or he walked on the field he was happy to be there," said Calvary Baptist Day School Assistant Principal John Stubblefield.