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Man charged with killing Sanford teen

Posted July 21, 2011 9:44 a.m. EDT

— 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.