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Baltimore teen charged in murder of a 15-year-old girl

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Posted at 2:40 PM, Oct 18, 2021
and last updated 2021-10-18 23:10:27-04

BALTIMORE — A 16-year-old boy has been arrested and charged for a shooting that killed a 15-year-old girl.

On August 10, just before 1 a.m., officers arrived to the 3700 block of Gelston Drive and found 15 year-old Ja’Nyi Weeden with gunshot wounds. She was taken to the hospital and was pronounced dead later that afternoon.

Juvenile male arrested and charged with 1st Degree Murder
15-year-old Ja'Nyi Weeden

Chanel McCarter says it’s been a depressing past two months for the entire family knowing that her niece’s killer still walked free.

Homicide detectives arrested the teen on October 15. He has been charged with 1st Degree murder.

McCarter says when she first got the news about an arrest made in her case, she says she felt a huge weight lifted off of her shoulders.

McCarter says the arrest doesn’t get rid of the pain of losing Ja’Nyi, but she says she takes comfort knowing her accused killer is off the streets.

“It’s a happy moment because justice is served and that the person was caught, but it’s still heartbreaking because we don’t have her,” she said.