BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - A 14-year-old boy has been charged with the shooting death of a 16-year-old boy over the weekend.
Kelmyne Jones, Jr. was shot and killed on Northland Avenue Saturday afternoon in an altercation involving as many as a dozen young people. Buffalo Police officials and Mayor Byron Brown announced Thursday that 14-year-old Myles Taylor III was arrested Wednesday evening and charged as an adult with second degree murder.
In a statement, Mayor Bryon Brown said, "Tragedies like this hurt - they hurt everybody - and tonight my thoughts and prayers are with the family of Kelmyne Jones. I want residents to know that we remain committed to solving homicides and our police department works hard every day to bring people to justice. Our message to criminals is clear, if you commit a homicide in this city, we will find you and arrest you."
Police are not saying what may have led to the fatal shooting, but they are crediting tips from the public that were used to identify the suspect.
Commissioner Daniel Derenda added, "The case came together quickly and we were able to make an arrest, thanks to the great cooperation from the public."
There had been reports that the altercation was due to a turf war between two young gangs, or possibly it was over a pair of sneakers.
"I can't get into a 14-year-old's head, why he would shoot somebody and kill him," Derenda said. "Sometimes 14-year-olds do things they shouldn't do. And this is a tragedy."
The 14-year-old boy turned himself into police while accompanied by family members at his attorney's office.
Erie County Legislator Tim Hogues has been working to increase community involvement. He hopes increased conversation about violence in the city would help put an end to such senseless crime.
"It all starts at home, so if we set the standards at home. But the community has to get back to that mentality of it takes a village to raise a child," Hogues said.
He pointed out this latest bought of violence comes weeks after it was revealed the city's graduation rate is falling. He says change is needed.
"They're both too young," he said. "And so if you look at the majority of the killings, it's by kids. It's by kids and so we have to figure out a way to give them an alternative, to give them a different perspective on life, to give them different options."
Hogues is holding a community forum next Wednesday night at the Meriweather Library. He's putting out a special invitation to area youth in hopes they will come and collaborate, to end the violence.
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