BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — Two teenage boys, 14 and 17, have been charged in connection with a shooting death that occurred on Elmer Avenue just after midnight Friday morning, according to Buffalo Police.
During a conference held Monday afternoon, Erie County District Attorney John Flynn provided an update on this case.
“It was allegedly a marijuana sale gone bad,” Flynn said.
The teens, who were each accused of attempted robbery and second-degree murder, were arraigned on the charges over the weekend. Both were in custody, with the 17-year-old being offered no bail. But the younger teen has since been released after being held on $50,000 bail.
Prior to the 14-year-old’s release, Flynn, who also spoke on bail reform during the conference, was displeased at the fact that the younger teen had the opportunity to be released on bail. Buffalo Police Commissioner Joseph Gramaglia also spoke, calling for “sensible” changes to the law.
“We need to change this and we need to think about the people that are taking advantage of this,” Gramaglia said.
Officials say the 17-year-old boy is the one accused of firing the gun. Both he and the 14-year-old are scheduled to return to court on the morning of Aug. 26.
Family members have identified the 16-year-old victim as Emily Keiper from Niagara Falls. She was in the front passenger seat in the car when she was shot.
In a statement to News 4, Emily’s family described her as beautiful, vibrant and goal-oriented and said she was a beloved friend to everyone who knew her.
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