Teen charged with murder of 14-year-old friend

High school freshman fatally shot in abdomen at birthday party.
TNS Regional News
Jan 15, 2014

 

The teenage friend of a 14-year-old boy who died on Monday night was charged Tuesday in his shooting death.

Calvin Fluellen, a 16-year-old freshman at Linden-McKinley STEM Academy, faces a delinquency count of murder in Franklin County Juvenile Court. A hearing is scheduled for Tuesday. Prosecutors have filed a motion to send his case to adult court.

Fluellen is accused of shooting Terrico Henry in the basement of Fluellen’s home at 1064 E. 15th Ave. in South Linden. Henry died shortly after 11 p.m. Monday at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, after undergoing surgery for a gunshot wound in his abdomen.

A Columbus police report says that Fluellen and Henry were at the home with several others, including another 16-year-old boy and a boy who was celebrating his 17th birthday; a 23-year-old woman who lives at the home; and Fluellen’s two sisters, ages 18 and 20.

A woman called 911 about 4:30 p.m. and, over several loud voices in the background, told a dispatcher, “Somebody’s been shot, and I need an ambulance to come.”

She said that the victim was Terrico, but that she didn’t know who shot him. “I just heard a loud pow, and I came, and he was bleeding, and that’s all I know,” she said.

The dispatcher asked several times who shot Henry, but both the woman and a male who later picked up the phone denied knowing. The dispatcher reported overhearing a whisper directing someone to run into the alley.

The other 16-year-old boy, Angello J. Womack of 3004 Moreland Dr., was charged with a delinquency count of tampering with evidence. Police say he concealed a handgun after the shooting and was fleeing out the back door when officers arrived.

Henry, who was called “Terk” by friends, attended Linden-McKinley last school year. He enrolled on Dec. 4 as a freshman at Mifflin High School, according to Columbus City Schools officials. He hadn’t attended school this year before enrolling at Mifflin.

Henry also lived on E. 15th Avenue, about two blocks from Fluellen.

Linden-McKinley students said word around school Tuesday was that the shooting was an accident.

“They were laughing,” said Donavon Brumfield, 16. “They thought he (Henry) was joking that he got shot.”

Franklin County Assistant Prosecutor Scott Saeger couldn’t comment on whether the shooting was intentional, but he pointed out that the complaint charges Fluellen with “purposely” causing the death of Henry.

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By Allison Manning - The Columbus Dispatch, Ohio (MCT)

Dispatch Reporter Jennifer Smith Richards contributed to this story.

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