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Man charged with killing Sanford teen

Posted July 21, 2011

— A Sanford man was arrested Wednesday evening in connection with the shooting death of a 15-year-old boy a day earlier, police said.

Le'Quan Jackie Gill, 24, of 3622 Renee Drive, faces a murder charge in the death of Larod McKoy, a rising high school freshman.

Detectives believe that Gill shot McKoy in the head during an altercation between two groups of young men at 619 Magnolia St. around 8 p.m. Tuesday, police said.

McKoy finished the eighth grade at SanLee Middle in June and was enrolled at Lee County High School for this fall, school officials said.

"Every time you saw Larod, he had a smile on his face. Larod was a friend to all and was a positive role model for others," SanLee Principal Kenna Wilson said in the statement. "He was an incredible young man with a bright future."

Gill was placed in the Lee County jail and denied bond.

He has four misdemeanor convictions dating to 2006, including carrying a concealed weapon and simple assault, according to state Department of Correction records.


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  • WhoTheHeck Jul 22, 2011

    Larod was an innocent bystander, he was not fighting or arguing with anyone. He was simply standing outside of his brother's house when he was shot in the head. He was a very respectful child who just wanted to spend some time with his family. Wrong place at the wrong time point blank period!

  • bombayrunner Jul 21, 2011

    In anycase, a young man is dead. A lesson to all -- avoid altercations especially with strangers. Not sure if these guys new each other. Anyone that appears hard and overly fearless should be avoided. Live to fight another day.

  • rsimon830 Jul 21, 2011

    This is really sad. My condolances go out to the family.

    There are definitely ways for us to try & prevent this. But there are some situations where people have done all they can to prevent a young person from doing the wrong things or taking their lives in the wrong direction, yet they still choose to go their own way. This happens in a lot of situations. Sometimes it's not a matter of "this person should've done this" or "this person should have done that". There's a possibility that the young man charged has had all of the chances and opportunities in the world to be on the right track but did not heed to any of them.

    I do not know that this is the case for the person charged but it is terribly sad and unfortunate that Larod's life was lost in the midst. My heart hurts for his parents.

  • bombayrunner Jul 21, 2011

    Something weird about this whole story. Usually it takes two to tango.

  • two2294 Jul 21, 2011

    marciamal1...you not blaming this on music and video games...what gives...

    people are afraid to tote an a++ whooping so they shoot each other instead..this should be Texas, he would go staight to the front of the line.....

  • mad_dash Jul 21, 2011

    Cant we go ahead and "get rid" of this waste of air NOW?? Or do we need to wait until he kills someone else???

  • marciamal1 Jul 21, 2011

    Terrible - i wish these people would put down the guns and find another way to resolve their problems - they think they are cool having a gun on them - i feel sorry for that rising teenage -and the one that shot him - needs to pay for his crime.

  • YNCSW51 Jul 21, 2011

    Rites of Passage is a good program that some of you from Sanford may want to look at starting. It works with single parent families and the program is great for mentoring, tutoring etc. Durhams has this program and it is making a difference in so many lives. Go to the website and check it out and find out what you need to do to start something similar. Good luck and I wish you all the best.

  • Coach K is still GREAT Jul 21, 2011

    @haywood2hall Please refrain from putting all of Sanford in a box, There are many safe outlets for the teens, however the teens must utilize them. It is time for parents to reclaim their role in raising kids. It is not the city, church, nor civic organization to raise children, yes they must help out but to place all them blame on everyone except where it should fall ,is simply foolish.
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  • earlandannb Jul 21, 2011

    Duh !!! I agree lol