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13-Year-Old Charged With First-Degree Murder

Posted January 6, 2007
Updated January 7, 2007

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— Henderson police are trying to figure out why a 13-year-old allegedly shot and killed another teen late Friday night.

The teen, whose name was not released, was charged Saturday with first-degree murder and was turned over to state Juvenile Services officials.

Police said someone called 911 at about 11:30 p.m. Friday to report a shooting at 537 Montgomery St. in Henderson. Officers found Quentin Rodwell, 16, suffering from a gunshot wound.

According to the people who stay at the house where the shooting occurred, Rodwell was there visiting a friend. The two were playing video games when someone came to the door with a gun.

An ambulance transported Rodwell to Maria Parham Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

Investigators still did not have a motive for the shooting Sunday night and did not know if the suspect and the victim knew each other prior to the shooting.

"This is a horrific thing to even try to conceptualize, but again, unfortunately, those are the times we're living in," said Capt. Tony Clark, interim chief of the Henderson Police Department.

Because the case will be tried in the juvenile court system, it is unclear when the suspect will make a first court appearance.
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  • toyacee83 Jan 19, 2007

    I AM THE STEPMOM OF THE CHILD WHO PULLED THE TRIGGER AND ALL THOSE POOR COMMENTS THAT THESE PEOPLE ARE MAKING YOU HAVE TO UNDERSTAND THAT WE DID TEACH OUR CHILD RIGHT FRO WRONG AND WE CAN'T ALWAYS HOLD HIS HAND EVERY STEP OF THE WAY. YES HE DID WRONG BUT WE ARE NOT GOING TO DISOWN HIM FOR WHAT HE DID. WE APOLOGIZED TO HIS FAMILY BUT THERE IS NOTHING ESLE WE CAN DO. UNTIL EVERYONE KNOW THE REAL STORY ABOUT WHAT HAPPEN THAT NIGHT AND STOP LISTENING TO ALL DIFFERENT STATEMENTS THE NEWS ARE GIVING YOU I SUGGEST YOU KEEP YOUR BAD COMMENTS ABOUT THE PARENTS TO YOURSELF.

  • crash Jan 8, 2007

    I'm not going to judge anybody just yet as far as the parent goes. Because nowadays you do have some good parents out there and the kids are just bad. Kids nowadays think they are grown, they think they can talk to you any way they want, and some of them are just plain evil. At times I do blame the parents because some of those kids have hateful parents but it's not always the case. I just think it's sad that we must use violence once again as the means to end an arguement. But, that is what they see on TV., Videos etc...If you don't like how things are going you just pull out a gun and kill someone. Who knows is this kid in a gang? No, he is not too young to be in a gang. Kids today, they don't know how to talk, it's all about the violence. There is no ethics, nada....Yeah, I do blame some of those rappers, because they try to make thug life look so great and wonderful and those guys are all living a lie anyway and making millions off these young kids. SAD, SAD, SAD.

  • latanya512 Jan 8, 2007

    You said it pabrown!!!!!!!!!!

  • Pack Rules Jan 8, 2007

    Some how....some way.....This is EMINEM's fault.

  • sapphire5660 Jan 8, 2007

    Obviously many children never have enough parental supervision, intentional or not. What is a 13-year-old doing with a gun? You can't blame the parents for this child's actions - other than just not being around.....

  • Its Just What I Do Jan 8, 2007

    well stated pabrown!

  • builder276 Jan 8, 2007

    neglegience on the part of the parent, since they had no idea what he was doing

  • amypsychrn Jan 8, 2007

    As a nurse that works with Mentally Ill adolescents, I have to add my 2 cents. There are good parents that have bad kids and there are neglectful abusive parents that have good kids. You can't blame everything on someone's parenting skills. Look at families with more than one child. You can have one really good kid and one that is practically a sociopath. Personalities are born within a child, they can be shaped to a degree but there are always kids that will rebel. So, until the other facts are made public, maybe we shouldn't judge the parents by the actions of the teenager.

  • Its Just What I Do Jan 8, 2007

    builder276: do you have children?
    i agree with randi@aircare... YES INDEED, children are capable of and do in fact make bad choices, regardless of how well they have been raised!!! this coming from the mother of a 12 year old and a 16 year old.

  • Movin On Jan 8, 2007

    It really is sad that we live in a society that pre-judges and make snap judgements without having any pertinent details. Yes, we know that the kid pulled the trigger, but to start accusing the parents without even knowing their part or negligence in this crime is ridiculous. It's a power thing, our society love's to play judge and jury, unfortunately at the expense of innocent people.

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