Friday, May 29, 2015

Another Suspect Fingered in Teen Execution

Another Suspect Fingered in Teen Execution

By Dan Gesslein and David Greene

BRONX, NEW YORK, MAY 29- Police have identified another suspect in connection with the brutal execution of a 14-year-old boy.

One day after identifying Travis Bloch in connection with the shooting of a teenager police released the name and photo of another suspect. 

Investigators are asking for the public's help in locating 16-year-old Jeremiah Thomas who goes by the name of Jay.

Thomas is wanted for questioning in the murder of 14-year-old Christopher Duran of Sheridan Avenue. The teen was gunned outside his building while on his way to school last week. 

Thomas is 16 years old and has brown eyes. He is six feet tall and weighs 170 pounds. 

Bloch is described as a black male, 25 years of age. He is 5 foot 10 and weighs 150 pounds.  

On Friday, May 22, 14-year-old Christopher Duran, a seventh-grader, was walking to school with his younger brother along Sheridan Avenue at 8:30 a.m., when Duran was shot four times at point-blank range, including three times in the abdomen and once in the head. Duran died on the Morrisania sidewalk before paramedics arrived.

Family and friends of Duran say he was not a gang member. However, police paint a different picture of the baby-faced teen who they say had been arrested five times since 2013, for assault and weapons possession and who flashed gang signs and posted a photo of a handgun on social media.

Off the record officials point to Duran's older brother who they say is a known gang member and whose gang is currently involved in an on-going dispute with a rival gang. The gunman had been waiting for Duran as his cohort provided look-out. Police recovered eight shell casings from a .45-caliber handgun.

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