Metropolitan Police Department (DC Police / MPD)

Second Arrest Made in Shooting Death of College-Bound Teen

TaQuan Pinkney, 18, was shot and killed last month while out buying a soda, his family said

A 15-year-old boy has been arrested and charged with the death of an 18-year-old who was preparing to start college this fall.

Police have not released the teen's name, but they say he was arrested Tuesday in connection with the death of Taquan Pinkney. He was charged with first-degree murder while armed. 

Pinkney was coming home after getting a soda at a corner store in Southeast D.C. on Sept. 9 when gunfire broke out. Pinkney ran, but he was struck in the back. He died at a local hospital. 

Tuesday's arrest is the second in Pinkney's death. A 17-year-old boy was arrested and charged with first-degree murder while armed on Oct. 1.

Pinkney was a four-year member of Horton's Kids, a non-profit that provides homework help and tutoring in the neighborhood. The goal is to help kids graduate high school and prepare for college.

Pinkney was a success story: The group posted that he had been headed to the University of District of Columbia this fall and had been working at a restaurant to pay his tuition.

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