Joseph Renick fatally shot 15-year-old Sentonio Cox on August 25. He is currently being held on a $500,000 bond.
A white man has been charged with the senseless killing of a black male teenager. 54-year-old Joseph Renick was charged with armed criminal action, unlawful possession of a firearm, and first-degree murder on Thursday.
According to FB posts, this man lived across the street from the victim. He sat on his porch watching during the public prayer vigil. Pure evil. Teen Sentonio Cox Was Retreating When Joseph Renick Killed Him, Police Say https://t.co/YEGqRHT8J2— Victoria Ryan-Bailey (@vryanb18) August 31, 2019
Renick fatally shot 15-year-old Sentonio Cox on August 25. He is currently being held on a $500,000 bond.
Joseph Renick, 54, was charged Thursday with first-degree murder for allegedly shooting Sentonio Cox, 15, Sunday morning. https://t.co/pXBQ233tsC— St. Louis Post-Dispatch (@stltoday) August 29, 2019
When authorities found the young man’s body, they determined that he had been shot in the head. The murder matched that of 13 others that had occurred in the St. Louis area. All the victims were under the age of 16. As per a statement from the victim’s friend, Cox would often cut through an empty property to get home. The 15-year-old was walking back home when he was shot close to the plot.
After St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson announced a $100,000 reward for those with information on the more than a dozen killings of young Black people in the area, a man has been charged in the killing of 15-year-old Sentonio Cox.https://t.co/NF3f77AP2T— Global Black Caucus (@DemsAbroadGBC) September 4, 2019
As per court records, Cox backed away from Renick with his hands held up. Despite the 15-year-old’s efforts, Renick still shot Cox.
Shockingly, Renick is not the first person to be arrested in connection to the targeted killings of Black teenagers and children. In mid-August, authorities arrested another suspect accused of fatally shooting 7-year-old Xavier Usanga who was playing with his sister in the backyard of their home.
Kayden Johnson, 2— Moms Demand Action (@MomsDemand) August 30, 2019
Kristina Curry, 16
Jashon Johnson, 16
Kennedi Powell, 3
Charnija Keys, 11
Myiesha Cannon, 16
Derrel Williams, 15
Eddie Hill IV, 10
Xavier Usanga, 7
Jason Eberhart, 16
Jurnee Thompson, 8
Sentonio Cox, 15
Say their names. https://t.co/RiGrQ3Kut1
St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson had earlier announced a $100,000 reward for anyone who came forward with information on the killings that took place in the dozens in the area.