Who is Ryan Mcleod? Detroit boy, 16, killed 13-year-old Joe Nankervis over stolen cellphone
DETROIT, MICHIGAN: A 16-year-old boy accused of shooting and killing a 13-year-old boy in Southwest Detroit was charged as an adult Monday, July 1. Ryan McLeod, 16, of Detroit is charged with one count of first-degree premeditated murder, one count of felonious assault, and two counts of felony firearm. McLeod is accused of killing Joe Nankervis on July 26. According to the Wayne County Prosecutor's Office, McLeod drove by a house on Homer near Mullane and fired numerous shots.
Police said that the shooting was the result of an argument over a cellphone that may have been stolen. It is unclear if the phone was actually stolen or who stole it. According to Click on Detroit, McLeod drove to the 13-year-old’s home, where several children were outside. “This all started from a cellphone that was perhaps stolen, and a car full of young people decided they would go to this location,” says Detroit Police Chief James White. “They saw the victim, 13 years old, out front. Someone in that vehicle, we believe to be the driver fired a shot, striking the victim, and senselessly, he was murdered on the streets, in the middle of the day, in the summer, over a cellphone.”
“Joe was a good boy. He was caring. This boy would help me in my house. This boy showed love,” said Barbara Lopez, a neighbor, reports Jinicms. Lopez says Joe was at her home visiting her granddaughter shortly before it happened. She heard gunshots and then saw him fall outside on the busy neighborhood street. “It’s horrible that it’s coming down to gun violence. You have to pull out a gun and shoot someone?” said Lopez.
“I’ve got a 16-year-old whose life is over because he pulled a trigger to settle a dispute over an iPhone. An iPhone,” White said. “His life is over, and a 13-year-old who won’t get a chance to work in Ceasefire, won’t get a chance to be the police chief, the City Council president, whose life is over.”
Police said three other people from McLeod’s car were also taken into custody in connection with the shooting, according to CBS Detroit. Two of those people were minors, and the third had just turned 18. It’s not clear what charges they’re facing. Mcleod was arraigned and remanded to a youth home on August 1 in 36th District Court. His probable cause conference is scheduled for August 15 and the preliminary examination is scheduled for August 22.
In a similar incident, a 9-year-old girl, named Lilia Valutyte was stabbed to death in Lincolnshire, the UK, while she was playing in the street with her sister, five, just "yards away from their mother". Two people had been arrested as part of a murder investigation into what police were calling an "isolated incident".