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Teen “prank” turns to tragedy

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Bianca Mow, Sports Editior

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On Wednesday, Oct. 18, five teens threw rocks off an overpass on Interstate-75. They damaged many cars and a killed one of their targets, a passenger in a traveling vehicle.

All five of the boys are under the age of 17, but they are all being tried as adults.

“All five teens were charged with second-degree murder, conspiracy to commit second-degree murder and six felony counts of malicious destruction of property,” Clickondetroit.com states.

One of the victims of this incident is Ken White, a 32-year-old man with a fiancee and son. He was hit on the head by a six-pound rock while sitting in the passenger seat. On the way to the hospital, White was pronounced dead.

Family friends of White’s do not believe that second-degree murder is a large enough punishment for these teens.

“Even if they spend 30 years in prison, they get to wake up every single morning,” Ken White’s father said to WNEM. “They still get phone calls from their parents, they still get visitors. My son don’t get that no more.”

In addition to the rocks, teens also threw a tire off of the Dodge Park overpass and 20 rocks weighing up to 20 pounds.

The court denied bond to the boys and has set a hearing date for Nov. 2.

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