Oakland teen accused of killing sister surrenders to police

Oakland police say a 14-year-old boy accused of fatally shooting his 17-year-old sister over a laundry dispute has turned himself in.
January 29, 2014 12:00:00 AM PST
Oakland police say a teen accused of killing his 17-year-old sister in a fight about the way she did his laundry has turned himself in.

Police have been investigating the death of Justice Toliver since last Thursday, publicly naming her younger brother as their only suspect in her killing.

Just after 2 p.m. Wednesday, Oakland police say the teen walked in to the Oakland police station with family, friends, and his attorney. The teen was handcuffed by Sgt. Mike Gantt, one of the investigators assigned to the case since the beginning.

According to Gantt, the 14-year-old was visibly upset. Detectives credit the family for encouraging the teen to turn himself in to authorities.

"I do want to thank the family and friends who were in constant contact with this young man, trying to persuade him to turn himself in," Sgt. Gantt said. "And I want to take my hat off to them because they did something that was a great job."

The family has been emotionally devastated since the killing of 17-year-old Justice Toliver. Some of them told me they found out about her death from social media, telling me she had been shot by her brother at least once and that her killing was tied to an argument the two had over bleach she had used on his laundry.

The brother and sister lived in a fifth floor apartment with their grandmother and father in the city's Chinatown neighborhood.

Olis Simmons, the chief executive officer of Youth Uprising, a community organization in East Oakland, said earlier this week that Justice had been participating in programs at the organization for nearly five years and was focused on getting a good job so she could support her 3-year-old daughter.

I have been in touch with members of the family since the beginning. They tell me they are not ready to go on camera yet. But they do tell me say they stand by the 14-year-old and say this has been upsetting for the entire family.

Detectives say they are not ready yet to discuss the weapon used, whether or not they have recovered it, or where the 14-year-old had been hiding.

We also know that the district attorney has the option to charge the teen as an adult.

For details on an online fundraiser for Justice and her child, click here.

(Bay City News contributed to this report)


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