HEMPSTEAD, NY— The Hempstead man charged in the fatal shooting of a 12-year-old girl may have fired the gun over a stolen hoverboard.
Jakwan Keller, 20, is accused of firing a gun that pierced through a home, striking 12-year-old Dejah Joyner in the head.
Joyner was eating dinner in her home Oct. 16, 2015 when a stray bullet pierced through the living room window and struck her. She was rushed to the hospital but later succumbed to her injuries.
Nassau County police believe Keller fired the gun into the home because he was upset that someone from a rival gang stole his brother's hoverboard. Keller allegedly thought Joyner's brother was responsible for the theft.
Keller was held without bail at his arraignment Monday. The Keller and Joyner families were in court Monday creating an emotional time which led both sides breaking into an argument at one point.
Police say the community provided around 43 tips, including 20 that helped police find Keller.
"The community was really helpful. This is a depraved individual who committed this heinous act," Nassau County police chief Thomas Krumpter said.
Keller was arrested Sunday and charged with murder, criminal use of a firearm and criminal possession of a weapon.
Keller pleaded not guilty and is scheduled to be in court on Wednesday.