BALTIMORE, MD – A 13-year-old girl was found shot to death in an alley, buried under a pile of trash, and now two of her young friends have been charged with killing her.
Police say on Saturday night, 13-year-old Monae Turnage was inside a home with two boys, ages 12 and 13, playing with a .22 caliber rifle. The gun fired and Monae was killed by a shot to her chest.
Police say the two boys panicked and dragged Monae into a nearby alley then hid her body under some bags of trash. Afterwards, one of the boys called Monae’s mother to tell her that she was on her way home. When he called a second time to see if she had gotten there, Monae’s mother became suspicious.
When she still had not arrived home by 1 a.m. Sunday, her family called police and started searching for her. Monae’s brother would eventually see her leg sticking out from trash in an alley directly behind the house she had been visiting that night.
Both boys, whose names are not being released at this time, were arrested and are being held on juvenile charges of involuntary manslaughter. An adult was at the home at the time of the shooting and investigators want to know how the rifle got into the hands of the children.
“How did this gun get in the home? Whose gun was it? Why wasn’t it secured and how does it end up in the hands of a 12 and 13-year-old child,” said Anthony Guglielmi of the Baltimore City Police.
Her family members do not feel the charges are severe enough and say the story detailing how Monae was killed just doesn’t add up. They say she was terrified of guns and would have not been playing with one.