(Memphis) – A bad decision leads to the shooting death of a Hickory Hill teenager. Saturday, his family spoke out to keep other kids from making the same mistake.
Friday morning, 16-year-old Teavon Reed was shot and killed by a homeowner when he and two friends broke into a Hickory Hill home. Neighbors on that street say their homes are repeatedly targeted by burglars.
While the family is not justifying Reed’s action, they mourn his death. They believe he was hanging with the wrong people at the wrong time.
Reed’s uncle, Antonio Faulkner, showed us the jacket his nephew gave to him just one day before the 16-year-old was shot and killed in a burglary attempt.
“The last time I saw him, I wouldn’t have expected to not see my nephew again,” said Faulkner.
Memphis Police say the teen took a bullet to the chest after breaking into a Hickory Hill home. The homeowner was armed and had the right to defend himself.
“It’s just hard,” said Faulkner. “It’s not easy at all.”
Memphis police arrested 20-year-old Cory Buford and a 14-year-old and charged them both with Aggravated Burglary.
People in the Copper Valley community say burglaries have plagued their neighborhood for the last year. Reed’s family says the teen was not in on it and that he had been living in Northaven for the last six months. He had just recently returned home.
“Hanging out with the wrong crowd, probably got a hold of some peers around the neighborhood, you know, bad influences,” Faulkner said.
Neighborhood teenagers gathered at the spot where Reed ran to and collapsed after the shooting. They lifted up their friend in prayer, ”Forgive him for his sins, Lord, because he wasn’t a bad person. He just made a bad decision.”
Faulkner hopes this tragedy will be a wake-up call to teenagers in the community, “Just keep trying to come back to your parents, your mother, your father, even if you’re living in a single parent home, just don’t give up because you never know when you’re last day is.”