This isn’t Grand Theft Auto

Juvenile Crime

Well there are more teenagers in the news, only they are keeping up the bad streak. 17-year-old Chris Levy and 16-year-old Cory Azor have been charged with second-degree murder and are being held without bail for the murder of David Kao, in New York. Their accomplice, 17-year-old Keron Wilthshire, has been charged with criminal possession of stolen property.

So here is what the boys did to get in so much trouble. Apparently, it all started with a car. Chris and Cory break into an SUV with the David Kao sleeping in the driver’s seat. Rather than do something like push the sleeping David out of the car they decide to strangle him and beat him up until he dies, then they get rid of him. This is where Keron comes in. Keron is the one being held responsible for stealing the SUV.

Maybe they thought that if they killed David they had a better chance of getting away with the stolen vehicle. Obviously they did not consider the fact that if they got caught they would not only be in trouble for stealing the car but also for killing the owner of the car. What were they planning on saying? That the guy was killed by someone else and they just happened to steal a dead guys car? Well whatever story they tried to tell the police, if they tried at all, did not work because now they are all three in jail.

What I want to know is why would they possibly need an SUV so bad? Think about it. They are in New York there are cars parked on side streets everywhere. They were obviously not thinking straight. Who in there right mind tries to steal a car with the owner asleep in the front seat? Hey maybe they had not read the last post about huffing and they were high. Either way they were not thinking clearly and are now going to pay the consequences. Lesson of the day? Well it should be obvious, do not kill people and steal cars.

The Gangs are at it Again

Juvenile Crime

Well according to The Oregonian, the teens are at it again. Joseph Allen stopped his own trial this past week to admit he was guilty of shooting Davonte Lightfoot in the back of the head and killing him. Apparently, both boys were troublemakers. Allen, the shooter age 16, was part of a gang and Lightfoot, age 14, was on probation for illegally possessing a gun.

Here is how it went down. Lightfoot was walking down the street and saw Allen and some of his friends walking toward him, but has the smarts to turn and run the other way. Unfortunately, Allen is a good shot and hits Lightfoot in the back of the head. While Lightfoot is in the hospital, he is found brain dead and dies shortly after being admitted. Not only is Allen a good shot but he is also a fast thinker. He sent the gun to Atlanta with a cousin so he could not be blamed for the murder. Being a fat thinker does not necessarily mean you are smart though, because while Allen was in the detention center he told two others he was responsible for killing Lightfoot. It was after the first witness from the center testified against him that Allen confessed.

Allen was charged with first-degree manslaughter with a firearm and has been sentenced to 18 years in prison with no time off for good behavior. Allen is now 18 so he was tried as an adult. When he finally gets out of jail, he will be 36. What could have been the past time of his life will be behind him. All because he had and issue with another kid that he thought only a bullet would solve. The bullet only made the problem worse for him and took the life of the other boy. The question is was the revenge worth it? Is revenge ever worth the result? What do you think? Was the gun the only way to resolve the problem?

It’s all fun and games, until someone gets hurt.

Juvenile Crime, School

On Sunday night, Portland Police responded to a call about a shooting at South East Portland Park but when they arrived, the shooters had fled from the scene and Borisshell Washington was found dead by a shot to the head. Borisshell was at the park for a Barbecue and was supposed to graduate High school this following weekend. Those who were at the park said they saw two cars speed away from the scene right after the shooting. Monday morning police arrested 18-year-old Todd Rutherford and they suspect he is one responsible for Borisshell’s death. The police believe the shooting was gang related and that Borisshell was not the target of the shooting but simply in the wrong place at the wrong time. No one knows for sure why this happened but it did happen. So Rutherford is being held without bail for gang-related homicide, but they have not released any other information.

Rutherford himself is only 18 and when you think about it, he could be graduating high school as well had he not been involved in a gang. Have you ever heard the phrase, “It’s all fun and games until somebody gets hurt?” That is somewhat how it is with gangs. You decide to join because they are like family, and everyone looks out for everyone else and you have power in “your hood.” For a while, you do small crimes that you can get away with but like the phrase says, it’s all fun and games until someone gets hurt. Like Borisshell Washington. Now all of the sudden the funs over and someone is dead who was not supposed to be dead. The thing is the whole gang cannot suffer because of one person’s mistake, so that family you thought would look out for you, hangs you out to dry, right where the police can find you. See the thing is the “family” mentality only lasts as long as the “family” is safe after that, you are on your own.

So what is the point? Stay away from the gangs and guns for that matter. If Rutherford is found guilty of the murder, he will be spending quite a chunk of time in prison and he is only 18! That is some of what could have been the best years of his life in a cell because he felt he had to prove something to a bunch of guys he considered “family.” You are above that. Take the opportunity you have to go to school and hang out at awesome places like, well here at Youth Outreach, and enjoy life outside of the jail cell, for free. I you do need help come talk to us. We are a Youth center, which means we are here for you!