Man Charged For Murdering Black Teen Who Was Backing Away From Him With His Hands Up

Man Charged For Murdering Black Teen Who Was Backing Away From Him With His Hands Up

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.



 

Renick fatally shot 15-year-old Sentonio Cox on August 25. He is currently being held on a $500,000 bond.



 

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.



 

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. 



 

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.

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