Community reacts to 15-year-old charged with murder

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A teenager charged with a March murder hit a nerve in Jacksonville. Andrew Parham on Monday will turn 16 years old in a Duval County jail cell.

"For the most part that young man's life is over," said Pastor Mark Griffin whose church is right across the street from Eureka Gardens where the fatal shot was fired last month.

Parham, according to police, entered an apartment uninvited with two other young men. Once inside investigators say he pistol whipped a young man before firing a fatal shot. Dead is Christopher Cornelio.

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No one answered the door at the apartment on West 22nd Street where the teenager lived. Police reports say Parham attended an alternative school in Jacksonville.

What triggers this kind of behavior? No easy answers says Griffin who also mentors young male students at the church's charter school.

"I think the main factor is just the breakdown of the family, lack of fathers in the house. We got to really work on rebuilding the family structure," said Griffin who along with other ministers say is where change needs to happen.

The two other young men with Parham have been arrested and charged with gun related offenses.


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