Boy, 15, charged in killing of teen

By Peter H. Milliken


Police have in custody a 15-year-old boy they believe fired the shot that killed 17-year-old Braylen Collins last week.

Police and the Mahoning Valley Violent Crimes Task Force arrested the suspect, Shonqualin Hendrix, without incident about 1:30 p.m. Thursday at a house on Edwards Street, said Capt. Rod Foley, chief of detectives.

He is charged with murder.

“Once we got there, he came out on his own,” Foley said, adding that police found no weapons or drugs on the teenager when they arrested him.

After being questioned by detectives, Hendrix was lodged in the Martin P. Joyce Juvenile Justice Center on Scott Street. Police said they had multiple addresses of record for Hendrix, who had been a student at Chaney High School.

Collins, of West Glenaven Avenue, was shot about 2 p.m. July 29 at Evergreen Avenue and Summer Street on the South Side and died shortly thereafter at St. Elizabeth Health Center.

City police arrested Delord Green, 18, of Summer Street, at the scene on charges of tampering with evidence and discharging a firearm within city limits.

Foley said he believes the shooting stemmed from a fight between Hendrix and Green the evening before the shooting, but he isn’t sure whether Collins was the intended victim.

Foley declined to comment on what prompted the fight the evening before the shooting.

“It’s still pretty early yet in the investigation. We’ve still got more work to do on it, but, obviously, we’re happy to get the players off the street because we’re worried about retaliation,” Foley said.

Foley added that he does not expect anyone else to be charged in the shooting, but he can’t rule out the possibility of others’ being charged.

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