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Bond denied for men accused of killing 13-year-old in Tupelo

Reginald Thomas (left), Devonta Sharkey (right)
Reginald Thomas (left), Devonta Sharkey (right) (photos courtesy of the Tupelo Police Department)

Bond has been denied for two men charged in connection to the death of a Tupelo teenager.

Both Reginald Thomas, 22, and Devonta Sharkey, 23, face second-degree murder charges after Orelius Boyd, 13, was found dead on Sunday. The two men appeared before Municipal Court Judge Willie Allen on Tuesday and were denied bond.

“We are saddened by the tragic and violent event that occurred Sunday. The loss of life, especially the loss of a young person to gun violence, is heartbreaking,” Tupelo Chief of Police John Quaka said.

“Based on evidence collected and information detectives gathered during interviews, Reginald Thomas and Devonta Sharkey are responsible for the death of the juvenile and the shooting injury of the other juvenile. Our detectives worked thoroughly and were able to quickly identify the suspects on Sunday. The arrests were made the same day.”

On Sunday, officers initially responded to a call of shots fired in the Hancock and Boggan Drive area around noon. Police recovered evidence of a shooting and learned that one juvenile male had been taken to the North Mississippi Medical Center for a non-life-threatening gunshot wound.

Around 4:30 p.m. officers were dispatched to the 300 block of Government Street for a deceased individual. They discovered Boyd’s body. Boyd was believed to be a victim of the earlier shooting. Thomas and Sharkey were taken into custody later that day.

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