Teen charged in deadly shooting

October 5, 2009 3:30:34 PM PDT
The 16-year-old Queens resident has been arraigned on murder and other charges in the shooting death of a 13-year-old boy and the wounding of another man, both of whom were struck by stray bullets. The teen allegedly fired the shots during an altercation with three other individuals.

"This case is another example of the mindless gun-related violence that too often takes innocent lives and recklessly endangers public safety," Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said.

Brown identified the defendant as Nnonso Ekwegbalu, 16, of Springfield Gardens, Queens. He is charged with second-degree murder, second-degree assault, second-degree criminal possession of a weapon and tampering with physical evidence.

He was arraigned on Monday and ordered held without bail. Brown faces up to 25 years to life in prison, if convicted.

The shooting happened on Friday at 3:15 p.m. on Linden Boulevard in Queens.

One of the bullets struck 13-year-old Kevin Miller in the head, killing him. Another bullet struck another person working at a nearby car wash in the left thigh. Neither Miller nor the second shooting victim was involved in the altercation.

Miller's mother, Donna Greaves, said her son was killed while heading to McDonald's with money she gave him as a reward for getting good grades and doing his chores. He came across a group of youths fighting.

Miller was a high school freshman and a junior usher at his church.

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