Detroit teen who worked at shoe store shot dead trying to sell $140 Jordans on street


A man has been arrested after a teenage boy was fatally shot over a pair of $140 Air Jordan sneakers in Detroit.

17-year-old Corey Harris-Thomas was killed just after 3pm on Tuesday near Loyola High School in the west of the city.

Police say Corey was in the area in his car trying to sell a pair of shoes to a man that he had met online when something went wrong. Shots were fired and the teenager ended up dead.

17-year-old Corey Harris-Thomas was killed after he was shot as he sold his sneakers

Air Jordans average around $140 (file pic) Corey worked at a shoe store and would often buy Air Jordans at a discount in order to sell them for a profit, or to try to trade shoes with other people.

His parents insist they told him to stop selling the footwear and to keep them for himself.

The teen’s mother Deidra says the incident is an important reminder for kids to listen to their parents.

‘I love my son to death,’ Deidra said to Fox 2. ‘You try to do the best you can for them. He made a wrong turn and that’s what happened yesterday.

‘We told him not to sell the shoes, keep them for yourself. We show him these stories all the time and that would be my son,’ she said.

The high school was placed on lockdown following the incident however Corey was not a student at the school.

The scene was cordoned off while a small crowd including grief-stricken parents and relatives began to was gather.

Police were on scene trying to establish what happened in the 17-year-old's killing

Shooting took place on Tuesday afternoon near Loyola High School in Detroit

Police say the suspect in custody is a 19-year-old man. No names have yet been released.

A 20-year-old man who was in the car with the teen was also shot although it is not clear what his condition is.

GoFundMe page has been set up to help Corey’s family pay for funeral expenses.

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