A 16-year-old Minneapolis boy was charged Monday with the deadly shooting of 16-year-old Trequan Sykes last Friday in an alley off Bloomington Ave.
Malcolm Jackson was in court Tuesday afternoon to make his initial appearance on the second-degree murder charge. Prosecutors are seeking to have Jackson tried as an adult.
According to the charges, Jackson was in a fight several days earlier with Sykes' brother. Jackson brought a gun with him Friday and hid it near Minneapolis South High School. After classes let out that day, he grabbed the gun.
Jackson and two friends went to an alley behind Sykes' home on the 2900 block of Bloomington Ave. S. later that afternoon. In the alley, Jackson allegedly went up to Sykes, said something and fired the gun at least twice as Sykes walked away.
Sykes collapsed just inside his apartment and was then rushed to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
According to his family, Trequan Sykes was a superb athlete at Roosevelt High School, especially in football.
A vigil is being held Tuesday night at the intersection of 29th and East Bloomington Ave. in memory of Trequan Sykes. The vigil is being hosted by MADDADS of Minneapolis, Councilman Gary Schiff, Open Door Evangelistic World Ministries, Roosevelt High School and Perry and Phaedra Singleton, Trequan's parents.