Fifteen Year Old Boy Charged in Christmas Night Killing of Two Newark Teens – Should He Be Tried As an Adult? [POLL]
The Christmas night shooting of two Newark teens on what was an ordinarily quiet block was allegedly carried out by a 15-year-old boy who felt 'disrespected.’
Why, you ask?
Well, here’s the deal.
Apparently one of his intended victims was ‘hitting on a girl’ he had his eye on.
One of the victims, a 13 year old girl, was shot and killed apparently because she was in the wrong place at the wrong time.
Her crime? She merely was going out to throw out the garbage.
Obviously because of the age of the alleged assailant, his identity is withheld – which never made any sense to me – especially given the nature and cold-bloodedness of the crime.
Additionally, while it may be more prudent for a prosecutor to try the kid as a juvenile (if indeed it does); justice screams out for him to be tried as an adult.
In fact, I’d even go so far as to say that any teen charged with murder be tried as an adult.
But that’s just me.
The suspected shooter, identified only as a 15-year-old boy, was apparently angry with either 15-year-old Kasson Morman or 14-year-old Abdul "Scooter" Frazier after one of the two victims supposedly "hit on" a girl he was dating, according to the sources, who requested anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the case.
The teen suspect felt "disrespected" by one of the male teen victims, the sources said.
The suspect was arrested either late last night or early this morning, the sources said.
Zainee Hailey, the 13-year-old girl who was shot while taking out the trash outside her family's home on Schley Street during the altercation, was hit by a stray bullet, the sources said.
Kasson, Zainee and Abdul were all shot around 10 on Christmas night after the gunman opened fire on Schley Street. Zainee, whose funeral was held this morning, and Kasson died of their injuries that night, police have said. Abdul was shot in the neck and seriously injured, according to police.
Speaking out for the first time yesterday, Zainee's father, James Hailey, pleaded with police to capture his daughter's killer and described his daughter as an innocent young girl.
"She was just taking out the trash," he said on Monday. "And that's what these people are. Trash."
After Zainee's funeral at New Zion Baptist Church in Elizabeth, Hailey said the arrest brings him justice. "That’s all it brings me: justice. Justice and peace,” he said.
Zainee's mother, Monica Gilford, said the arrest also brought her a sense of peace.
However I have to wonder how much peace they’d get were the juvenile to be tried as one – as opposed to being tried as an adult.