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Half-brothers charged in quadruple shooting, homicide

WALNUT HILLS, Ohio (WKRC) -- A pair of half-brothers were charged with murder Friday night in a shooting that killed a 14-year-old boy and wounded three other young men.

Ja'Shawn Martin, 14, was watching a fight at the corner of Essex Place and William Howard Taft when he was shot in the neck, according to his grandmother. Martin was a freshman at Withrow High School and was on his way home from school when the shots were fired.

Miniko Hicks, 20, and Donyell Walker, 18, were charged with his murder Friday night. Three people found in a car earlier in the day had been taken into custody for questioning.

"We have four very young people who were shot. One is deceased. It's unacceptable behavior," Police Chief Jeffrey Blackwell said Friday. 

Blackwell initially said the shooting was gang-related and stemmed from an incident involving guns at the Evanston Recreation Center a couple of weeks ago. Friday night Capt. Mike Neville said the shooting was not gang-related but he would not elaborate. 

The shooting took place down the street from Dohn Community High School in a one-block area. Mohaganey Robinson is a junior at the school. She said her 16-year-old cousin was one of the people who was shot.

"We were getting ready to walk down there and we just started hearing gunshots and we just seen everybody running back this way they told us to go back into school it's a lockdown," Robinson said.

Ja'Shawn Martin's grandmother said he was a good kid who was, "in the wrong place at the wrong time." She said he'd stopped to watch the fight. Those who work in the area said there had been other fights earlier in the week.

"When they get off of school. there was a fight yesterday, a fight a couple of days ago," said Brandon Baker.

Hicks and Walker were booked into the Hamilton Co. Justice Center late Friday night.

The brothers were in court Saturday. Walker didn't say anything in court Saturday, but as he left he shook his head and licked his lips while staring at judge William Mallory before sighing and exiting the room.

Hicks also shook his head at the murder charge and only answered "no" to one question from the judge.

A memorial was set up in honor of Ja'Shawn Martin Saturday at the corner of Essex Place and William Howard Taft Road.

"He was quiet, everybody loved him, he was everybody's brother, he did nothing wrong to anyone" says Amiyah Gamble, a former classmate of Martin's.

Three others were shot in the incident, but they are expected to survive.

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