The family of a 16-year-old young man who was fatally shot while attempting to rob a clothing store last Monday near Dayton, Ohio, are blaming the company the teen was keeping for his death.
Isiah Haggins Jr. had acquired some new friends over the past month or so that family members immediately became worried about.
“There was something about him and the other boy that he was with that did not sit well with me,” said Carrie Gober, the teen’s grandmother to WDTN. “Isiah just met these guys only 3 weeks ago at the most.”
It was these suspicious guys that family members believe convinced Haggins Jr. to rob a Step-N-Style, an urban clothing store.
Two of the boy’s uncles also came forward and testified to his character as a good, upstanding young man who just got involved with the wrong crowd.
“He wasn’t a villain. He was a good kid and kids have problems,” said Rod Brooks, one of the uncles.
“That was not my nephew,” said the other uncle, Bruce Talbott. “He was not that kind of person and I don’t want the world to think that. I mean that from the bottom of my heart. What made him do that?”
While it appears that the store owners who killed Haggins Jr. acted in self-defense, an investigation is ongoing. Meanwhile, a second suspect who was with Haggins Jr. during the robbery is still at large.
Dayton police Sgt. Paul Saunders echoed the sentiment that poor choices on who one pals around with can lead to poor results.
“(Haggins) is an example of someone who has gone down the wrong path, made some horrible decision and it’s had a horrible result,” Saunders told local media.