D.C. Police

17-Year-Old Charged With Premeditated Murder in Shooting of College-Bound Teen

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

A 17-year-old is being charged with premeditated murder in the shooting of an 18-year-old who was preparing to start college this fall.

Elijah Jarmon, of Southeast, D.C., was arrested Monday on a warrant for first-degree murder while armed. 

Taquan Pinkney was coming home after getting a soda at a corner store in Southeast D.C., his mother told News4. She said that gunfire broke out, and Pinkney ran. He was struck in the back.

Police responded 1:30 p.m. to the 2800 block of Stanton Road, finding Pinkney suffering from a gunshot wound. He was taken to a hospital and later died.

"It's sad," Pinkney's mother, Yolanda Pinkney, told News4. "Who gets it... the innocent."

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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