Man charged with murder in shooting death of Lincoln Heights teen, police say

Princeton High School student gunned down

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - The man wanted for shooting and killing a 16-year-old in Lincoln Heights has been charged, court documents say.

The Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office says 21-year-old Roosevelt Collier turned himself in late Sunday night.

Police say Collier shot and killed Melvin Dean while he was sitting in a car in a driveway Saturday night.

He appeared in court Monday morning facing murder charges.

Dean’s grandmother tells says he was looking forward to his birthday, which is next week.

She says he would've turned 17.

Instead of celebrating another year of life, they’re planning his funeral and pleading with his killer to turn himself in.

“I’m hurt. That’s a young man got his life taken,” said Melvin’s friend,Terrell Brown.

Police: Man wanted in connection with shooting death of teen in Lincoln Heights

Those closest to him say he loved his family, he was a good student and a great athlete.

“He was gonna be a quarterback. He had a good arm,” said Melvin’s friend, Thomas Boyd.

Sunday, Melvin’s friends and family gathered just feet from where police say he was murdered.

“We came running out, the person took off. We don’t know why. That’s what we want to know. Why did he do it.?” said Melvin’s grandmother, Myrtle Dean.

Myrtle says that he knew Collier but said he was not a friend of Melvin’s.

“He was a sweet, sweet person. I can’t imagine why this happened to him. It was uncalled and unnecessary and I hope you catch the person who did this to him. We’re really gonna miss him,” said Brown.

The superintendent of Princeton City Schools posted a letter about grief support to the school’s website.

“It is with a grieving heart that I send this letter to inform our Princeton City School community that Melvin Dean, one of our 11th-grade students at Princeton High School, passed away on Saturday night. This is incredibly sad news, and it deeply affects our entire school community,” wrote Tom Burton, Superintendent.

Burton says after Spring Break, extra counselors will be on hand at Princeton High School for those students and staff members wishing to talk.

There will also be a moment of silence on Monday, April 1 during the morning announcements at Princeton High School.

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