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Boy, 15, charged in killing of teen

Published: Fri, August 5, 2011 @ 12:07 a.m.

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.


1DwightK(1537 comments)posted 4 years, 11 months ago

So will this moron's defense be that he shot the wrong kid?

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2taxpayer1001(274 comments)posted 4 years, 11 months ago

Not like he'll serve much time anyways. He'll be out at age 21 and free to continue terrorizing the community

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3MzVirgoLuv(158 comments)posted 4 years, 11 months ago

I get tired of hearing so much darn negativity from you readers and commenters. This kid did something even a grown woman didnt and could not do. He admitted to what he did. That kid did this by mistake. Kids playing with guns and one got killed. Just another case of gun control reform needed. And being a moron at 15 is standard. How smart were you at that age. You are some misguided and miserable people on here. If you're not part of the solution, then you're part of the problem. MORONS!!

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4MLC75(661 comments)posted 4 years, 11 months ago

@MZVirgoLuv,killing someone with a gun at 15 is called murder.He is a thug and a punk,period.

I made mistakes at 15,but I never killed anyone.You are the typical hood culture and part of the problem,you accept killing as nothing more than a mistake,you are THE MORON !

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5lovedrama(139 comments)posted 4 years, 11 months ago

Tell Braylen's child, who is now fatherless, that this idiot was just
" playing with guns". Make sure you defend the rest of his criminal record too! I'm sorry-if he has one that is.

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6crimelander(122 comments)posted 4 years, 11 months ago

What's a 15 year old doing with a loaded gun and running the streets with it?

Let me guess, it was a handgun.

That handgun requires license, bill of sale and other tracking. This punk wasn't supposed to be carrying a gun.

Where did the gun come from? Time to charge Shonqualin's peeps for the pistol and charge them with felonies for facilitating said crime. Or is the pistol stolen like usual?

Just cause this moron murderer came out and was agreeable doesn't mean he gets a free pass. Clearly having task force outside militarized and with big military killer guns brings sobriety even to the most seasoned idiots.

Why was Green who is 18 years old messing around with a 15 year old?

If these screwballs aren't gangbangers I'll be real surprised.

Playing with guns? That's trippy logic. That's what a 5 year old does around the house. This idiot went packing heat with ammo in the clip and engaged in what seems to be a damn shootout. The idiots involved are lucky there aren't more dead folks.

/ Just another case of gun control reform needed. /

Guns don't kill people, idiots kill people. We eliminate guns this fools will be stabbing and slashing folks. Outlaw knives they'll be back to spear chucking. Outlaw spears they'll be killing with rocks.

We have ample gun laws. 15 year olds aren't supposed to be running around with guns on city streets. That's real simple.

17 year olds aren't supposed to be smoking let alone smoking illegal drugs.

Yeah let's give this young killer the keys to the city. Maybe we can make him police chief while we are at it.

And, @MZVirgoLuv, stop the cloudy crap you are spewing. I grew up in real hoods every bit as bad as the South Side. Even saw a friend blown to pieces over drugs while in high school. Got it?

These kids are unwanted (mostly) offspring of single mother households, no male rolemodels. The mama's like those thug a%% fools. They have bling and cash and that doesn't get in the way of the free money from sugardaddy, I mean Uncle Sam.

As Louie Free covered recently, in the 1990's there was a report about that very part of town, the issues, what needed to be done, etc. It's the same old stuff 20 years out.

Can't defend losers like Hendrix. Lousy shot to boot.

Hopefully, if he indeed was the shooter they should give him the maximum penalty, death.

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7taxpayer1001(274 comments)posted 4 years, 11 months ago

MzVirgo, are you kidding me?? I know you really must be joking! "He admitted what he did" woohoo he's a real stand up kinda guy! This happened on 7/29 and when the police showed up to arrest him on 8/4 he gave up without a fight. The best he did was not make them go in for him. They already knew he did it. big difference from turning yourself in to the police station on 7/30 because you know you're guilty. He was hoping they wouldn't find out it was him.

And he was playing? People like you amaze me if you really believe that. How do you get through life? He had a gun for one purpose, to shoot someone. He didn't just find daddy's gun and played with it and it went off. He wanted to shoot someone that he fought with the day before.

Look in the mirror mam because YOU are the one that's the problem. I bet you have one of those thugs for a kid and you see nothing wrong with it.

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8whitesabbath(738 comments)posted 4 years, 11 months ago

re MZ sleezeVomit,

Stop covering up for this punk. doesnt take much pressure to squeeze a trigger.

When you are not taught to respect a weapon or undergo any weapons training,
this happens

Along with all these hard core video games where you have endless ammo

He knew he was caught bottom line, so stop being slick, hope Im on that Jury he will FRY if found guilty I hope.

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9bsdtwd(41 comments)posted 4 years, 11 months ago

My prior post, deleted by the Vindy PC censors, was close to the truth. At 17, he leaves a child out of wedlock, father murdered and his Mother OK with him "just going down the street to buy cigars"...at 17. Point proven. Generations of non productive, yet reproductive parasites of the law abiding, tax paying future victims of this insane lifestyle. -0- expectations gets you zero. The cycle continues. Stay Tuned, I'm sure next weeks body count will be the same or higher and the same old "cry me a river", he was just going to the store to get some beer at 15, 16, 17, (mostly dead or in jail after 17) and the memorials of wasted lives will carry on.

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10Lifes2Short(3882 comments)posted 4 years, 11 months ago


"That kid did this by mistake. Kids playing with guns and one got killed."

You can't be serious? And if you are, your a pitiful excuse of human flesh. smh

It's NOT OK for teenagers to be carrying guns in the street, is that so hard to comprehend? Amazing.....

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11lumper(301 comments)posted 4 years, 11 months ago

he gets off if can spell his first name.

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