Category Archives: Male Teen

Killed – Male Teen – Asbiel Copado (Planada, CA)


A 16-year-old suspected gang member was gunned down late Monday on the Planada street where another man who police say was from the same gang was shot and killed nearly three weeks ago, authorities said Tuesday.

Asbiel Copado was shot multiple times in the upper body around 8:21p.m. and pronounced dead a short time later at an area hospital, Merced County Sheriff Mark Pazin said Tuesday at a news conference.

“This is just an absolute down-and-dirty murder,” Pazin said.

Copado was shot on the street in the 9300 block of Bigler Drive – near the spot where 24-year-old Eric Perez Guzman was shot to death Nov. 21. Copado and Guzman were members of the same Planada criminal street gang, Pazin said.

The Sheriff’s Department identified the victim of a fatal shooting in Planada as 24-year-old Eric Perez Guzman, a suspected gang member.

Guzman was shot in the head about 8:30 p.m. Thursday in the 9300 block of Bigler Drive in Planada and died the next day at a Modesto hospital.

Merced County Sheriff’s detectives are looking for a man suspected of shooting a fellow gang member to death in November.

A warrant has been issued for Adrian Quezada of Planada, Deputy Delray Shelton confirmed this week.

Quezada, 19, is the prime suspect in the Nov. 25 shooting death of 24-year-old Eric Perez Guzman in the 9300 block of Bigler Driver, the Sheriff’s Department said.

Guzman died at a regional hospital a day after he was shot. About two weeks later, one of Guzman’s relatives, 16-year-old Asbiel Copado, was also shot and killed in nearly the same spot as Guzman in the 9300 block of Bigler Drive. Authorities said Copado was a member of the same gang.

Shelton said Copado’s death remains under investigation and detectives haven’t ruled out possible connections between the two cases.

Eric Perez Guzman, 24, was shot in that same block Nov. 25, 2013, and died a few days later at a regional hospital. A warrant has been issued for Adrian Quezada, 19, of Planada, charging him with Guzman’s murder. He has not been arrested, authorities confirmed Friday.

Two weeks later, on Dec. 9, 2013, one of Guzman’s relatives, 16-year-old Asbiel Copado, was shot and killed in nearly the same spot as Guzman. Authorities said Copado and Guzman were members of the same gang. No arrests have been made in that case.

Killed – Male Teen – Brandon Ramone Johnson (Suitland, MD)

Brandon Ramone Johnson

Updated December 9, 2013: The victim is identified as 17-year-old Brandon Ramone Johnson, of the 3200 block of Prince Ranier Place in District Heights. Detectives were not able to identify him until Sunday as he had no identification on him at the time of his death. Johnson was a freshman at Crossland High School. Detectives are following up on several leads as they continue to work to identify the suspect(s) and motive in this case.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Prince George’s County Police Department’s Homicide Unit at 301-772-4925. Callers wishing to remain anonymous may call Crime Solvers at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477), text “PGPD plus your message” to CRIMES (274637) on your cell phone or go to and submit a tip online. A reward of up to $25,000 is offered to anyone who provides information leading to an arrest and indictment in this case.

The Prince George’s County Police Department is investigating a homicide in Suitland.

On December 7, 2013, at about 3:15 am, patrol officers were called to the 4900 block of Suitland Road for a welfare check. When patrol officers arrived, they found a man lying in a parking lot suffering from an apparent gunshot wound. He was pronounced dead on the scene.

Double Shooting – Wounded – Male Teen (Tunica, MS)


(WMC – TV) – On Saturday, Tunica Police are investigating the killing of a soon-to-be-father outside of a nightclub. “Today is his birthday, he got killed on his birthday,” said Linda Vaughn about her nephew, Anthony Vaughn. Tunica Police say he was shot and killed outside of the Nickson Disco Club where a fight broke out on Friday night.

Investigators say several shots were fired outside of the club. A teenager was also hit and taken to the MED. A third person was hurt, but Tunica police are trying to figure out if the victim was shot or pistol whipped. There are two people in custody, but neither have been charged in Vaughn’s death.

Three Tunica men are in custody and charged with murder in the Dec. 7 shooting death of Anthony Vaughn, also of Tunica, who had just turned 24 that day.

Vaughn, shot multiple times at Nickson’s Disco nightclub in downtown Tunica, was transported to the Regional Medical Center in Memphis, where he later died, according to Tunica police investigator Michael Nichols.

Travis Nickson, 38, Mario Nickson, 41, and Quinton Gates, 27, are being held in the Tunica County Jail, on charges of murder and accessory after the fact.

An altercation that began inside the club Friday spilled out onto Marie Street just after midnight Saturday, Dec. 7, Nichols said.

Double Murder/Suicide – Killed – Male Teen – Isaac Miller (Lansing, MI)

Isaac Miller

The names of the two victims and alleged shooter in Thursday’s double murder-suicide in Lansing have been released.

MLive media partner WLNS said police have identified Randy Keith, 52, as the shooter. The two victims are his 37-year-old wife, Christine Keith, and her son, 14-year-old son Isaac Miller.

WLNS says police believe Keith then shot himself.

Officers arrived at the house on the 700 block of W. Saginaw Ave. around 7:20 p.m. Thursday.

LANSING – Lansing Police discovered the bodies of three people on Thursday night in what is being called a double-murder suicide.

Officers responded to a report that a woman appeared to be dead inside the home on the 700 block of W. Saginaw Ave. around 7:20 p.m. last night. According to Capt. Daryl Green, officers made an emergency entry into the home and found an unresponsive female lying on the floor.

Once inside the home, officers discovered a total two more bodies. Investigators are actively working the case and, according to Green, preliminary reports suggest that the deaths are a part of an apparent double murder-suicide.

Numerous times in recent years, Randy Keith reportedly threatened to kill his wife if she ever left him, court documents say.

‘Threats of shooting me to death with one of his hunting rifles were par for the course,’ Christine Keith wrote in a petition for a personal protection order filed in April in Ingham County Circuit Court.
Sadly she later withdrew that order.

In her first divorce filing, as well as in the personal protection order, Christine Keith outlined what she said was her husband’s controlling, erratic and sometimes violent behavior. The couple were married in 2003 but just five years later they were filing for divorce.

“Threats of shooting me to death with one of his hunting rifles were par for the course,” Christine Keith wrote in a petition for a personal protection order filed in April in Ingham County Circuit Court. She later withdrew that order.–leaving-children-orphaned.html

Double Shooting – Killed – Male Teen – Calvin Ward (Chattanooga, TN)


Chattanooga police have arrested a man whose partner was killed during a robbery they planned at a Bi-Lo parking lot last week.

Galen Allen, 26, faces charges of attempted first degree murder, aggravated assault, aggravated robbery and tampering with evidence.

Allen’s partner, 17-year-old Calvin Ward, was shot and killed when the victim, Jaden Archer, fired his Glock .40 caliber in self defense, according to Chattanooga police.

Jaden Archer was uninjured and still on scene when police arrived. He told police he met Ward at the parking lot to purchase electronic tablets.

Instead, Ward tried to rob him at gunpoint, he told police.

Ward was found dead in a white Kia parked in the grocery store parking lot at 4510 Highway 58. A handgun was found in the car with him in the passenger’s side. He suffered a couple of gunshot wounds to his back.

Allen attempted to pull Archer from the vehicle. Archer also shot Allen. Allen managed to make it to a local hospital where he was treated.

Police were called to the scene after a report of gunfire at about 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, said Sgt. Wayne Jefferson, police information officer for the Chattanooga Police Department.

Triple Shooting – Wounded – Male Teen (Wingate, NC)


Investigators in Union County arrested two Marshville men after a deadly shooting near Wingate University.

Officers said Juan Carlos Garcia, Yader Sandoval, and Eleonel Garcia, who investigators say are all cousins, were shot. Juan Garcia and Yader Sandoval were pronounced deceased Wednesday night.

According to a press release, the suspects were arrested at about 11:40 p.m. Wednesday night. They were located together in a unit at the Willow Oaks Apartments off Walkup Avenue in Monroe. Officials say the men were arrested without incident after they exited the apartment from a back door.

Daniel Steven Sheerer and Tony Antwone Knotts are each charged with two counts of first-degree murder, one count each robbery with a dangerous weapon, and one count each of attempted murder. According to a press release, the men subsequently confessed to breaking into several homes in the Union County area.

Both men are being held without bond in the Union County Jail.

Wingate University was on lockdown during the investigation. Union County law enforcement officials gave the “all clear” at Wingate at about 8:45 p.m., nearly two and a half hours after the lockdown was put into place.

Officials were working two crime scenes, one along E. Wilson Street, near the entrance to the College Park community, and another about two blocks away on Zeb Goodman Road. East Wilson Street runs along Wingate’s campus.

Wingate Police Chief Donnie Gay said it started when a Union County Sheriff’s Deputy was flagged down on E. Wilson because of a vehicle stopped in the road near Burris Street.

The deputy found a man suffering from a gunshot wound. The man had collapsed off the roadway near the car. He was later pronounced dead.

A short time later, a driver who had been diverted on Zeb Goodman Road reported two other men lying near the entrance to Wingate University Lake.

Officers responded to the scene, where one of the men was pronounced dead and the other, later identified as Eleonel Garcia, was airlifted to the hospital. Officials said both men had been shot.

Hospital officials from Carolinas Medical Center-Union asked for additional law enforcement officers from the area after a shooting victim was brought to the hospital for treatment.

A spokesman for Carolinas Medical Center told WBTV this was done as a precautionary measure due to the shooting happening near campus, not due to an incident at the hospital. This is common practice with these types of incidents.

That victim was moved to Carolinas Medical Center-Main for additional treatment. As of Thursday afternoon, officials said they were in fair condition.

Juan Carlos Garcia, 19, and Yader Alberto Sandoval Garcia, both from Monroe, died presumably from gunshot wounds. The surviving victim, Eleonel Castrejon Garcia, 17, is in fair condition at Carolinas Medical Center-Main. The men were cousins. No other information was released about their relationship to the men charged.

At about 5:45 p.m., a passing Union County Sheriff’s deputy was flagged down by a motorist who drove by earlier and saw a car stopped in the middle of East Wilson Street, Gay said. The passer-by spotted saw a man lying on the ground next to the stopped car and assumed the person was ill.

The deputy found that the man had been shot. Emergency personnel was dispatched and began CPR when they reached the scene. The man later died.

Meanwhile, a driver diverted from Wilson Street spotted two more victims in an open area on Zeb Goodman Road, about two blocks away from the first scene. There, authorities found one man dead and the other injured but still alive.

Killed – Male Teen – Eric Cuesta (Providence, RI)

Eric Cuesta1

Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin announced today that Louis Pina, age 21, of Providence, pled guilty before Superior Court Justice Robert D. Krause to the December 4, 2013 murder of 16-year-old Eric Cuesta. Under the terms of the plea agreement, with was reached with the approval of the victim’s family, Pina pled guilty to second degree murder, for which he was given a life sentence, and assault with a dangerous weapon, for which he was sentenced to 10 years to run concurrent.

Had the case proceeded to trial, the State was prepared to prove that early in the afternoon on December 4, 2013, Cuesta and a friend were driving in a van travelling eastbound on Adelaide Street toward Broad Street. At the same time, Pina and a friend were walking westbound on Adelaide Street. The van, in which Cuesta was the passenger, stopped a short distance from Pina and his friend. The two groups exchanged words and looks, at which time Pina withdrew his firearm – a .40 caliber Taurus semi-automatic handgun – and fired two shots at the van. One bullet struck and killed Cuesta.

“Words and looks of disrespect left a young man dead and his family to grieve over his loss. This entire episode was one of senseless violence with tragic consequences,” said Attorney General Peter Kilmartin.

The incident happened sometime around 1:30 p.m, after Cuesta and Pena, who knew each other, got into an argument. Cuesta was shot one time and brought to Hasbro Children’s Hospital in a private vehicle and was pronounced dead shortly after his arrival. Cuesta was still in high school.