14-year-old admits to shooting, killing Orlando 15-year-old, police say

Corey Jones was killed on Jan. 22

ORLANDO, Fla. – Nearly a year after a shooting that killed a 15-year-old Jones High School student, Orlando police said they have arrested a 14-year-old boy who has confessed.

Police said the 14-year-old shot and killed Corey Jones on Jan. 22.

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The shooting happened in the 800 block of Grand St., near Grand Avenue Park.

Jones was taken to a hospital after the shooting, where he was pronounced dead, according to a police department spokesperson.

“The kids came up and told me (Corey) got shot. I ran down there and he was laying there, and there was nothing I could do,” John Keedy, the victim’s stepfather, said to News 6 in January. “It’s hard. No parent should ever have to bury their child. No parent.”

Now, Keedy told News 6 that he still has so many questions about what drove the 14-year-old to shoot his stepson — but he wants to see justice.

“If you’re man or woman enough to hold a gun and pull the trigger, you’re man or woman enough to be held reliable for what you’ve done,” Keedy said.

He said Jones loved the outdoors and had dreams of serving his country by becoming either a firefighter or joining the Armed Forces.

Keedy added that he’d never seen the 14-year-old shooter before the incident.

Police have not said how they determined the accused shooter’s identity. They also did not say what led up to the shooting or whether the boys knew each other.

The 14-year-old faces a charge of second-degree murder with a firearm.

News 6 has reached out to Orlando police for more information on the arrest. This story will be updated when we learn more.

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About the Authors:

Thomas Mates is a digital storyteller for News 6 and ClickOrlando.com. He also produces the podcast Florida Foodie. Thomas is originally from Northeastern Pennsylvania and worked in Portland, Oregon before moving to Central Florida in August 2018. He graduated from Temple University with a degree in Journalism in 2010.

Jerry Askin is an Atlanta native who came to News 6 in March 2018 with an extensive background in breaking news.