Senseless, Tragic But (Almost) Hardly Newsworthy: 17-Year-Old Killed When Teens Fire in Drive-By

Categories: Crime

A young Houston life hits a dead end.
Hundreds of people will be murdered in Houston this year, if it's a typical year. Some of the dead will be teenagers. Some of the people doing the killing will be teenagers.

So a Houston police report on an unidentified 17-year-old who died early Saturday morning in West Houston when two to three teens pulled up to his car and began shooting almost doesn't qualify as news. HPD, as we say, will put out hundreds of such releases this year, just as they do every year.

It is certainly reported drily enough, with few hard facts to go on, not even a name.

Houston police are investigating the fatal shooting of a man at 8100 Wilcrest about 2 a.m. last Saturday (March 30)....

The victim and four of his friends were driving in a vehicle south on Wilcrest when two to three males in another vehicle pulled up alongside their vehicle. At that time, someone inside the suspects' vehicle began firing shots, wounding the victim in the head. The suspects, described only as black males, ages 16 to 18, fled the scene in a light colored, four-door sedan, possibly a gold Toyota Camry. The victim was transported to Ben Taub General Hospital where he was later pronounced dead.

Up to eight young lives changed forever as they're out cruising the streets at two in the morning.

One life is simply ended. The family has yet to be notified, HPD said, so we don't know if a mother is wailing right now or a younger brother is staring hollow-eyed at the loss of his big brother.

Three teens in the other car, facing serious charges of murder or, to one degree or another, helping someone commit murder or cover it up. Four young men in the victim's car -- will they be seeking revenge or be scared out of their wits away from where their lives were headed?

Police ask anyone with information in this case to contact the HPD Homicide Division at 713-308-3600 or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.

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When the black community begins to care, I'll begin to care.  Otherwise.....

Dodd Melcher
Dodd Melcher

What's your point here? Is it that guns were involved? Teenagers involved? They're not adults. Where are the parents when this was going on? Or for the last 18 years for that matter? Next time you write a story about this kind of thing, did a little deeper maybe. Every consequence has a series of actions leading up to it.

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