A teenager accused of killing 17-year-old Tedarrian Robinson on Wednesday was released from jail just over an hour before the fatal shooting.
Edith Prince, grandmother of Kristopher Prince, said he was in a good mood when she picked him up around 1:30 p.m. from the Boone County Jail where he had spent six days for charges including driving on a suspended license. Edith Prince and her daughter paid his bond and drove him to the duplex of his cousin, Lorenzo Ladiner, 3579 Prescott Drive in south Columbia.
Edith Prince said goodbye to her grandson and drove away.
According to Columbia police and witnesses, at around 2:50 p.m., Ladiner drove near Grindstone Parkway and Bearfield Road while Prince hung out of the passenger window shooting a semi-automatic assault rifle at the occupants of a car. One of the people in the second car was Robinson, who was shot in the back of the head and died around 3:30 p.m. at University Hospital.
“I’m devastated,” Edith Prince said. “I thought that (Prince) would be the one to be killed, but I didn’t think he would be accused of killing anyone.”
She had worried about her grandson because of the time he spent “being in the streets,” she said, although she wouldn’t be more specific.
Police arrested Ladiner, 20, and Kristopher Prince, 17, on suspicion of second-degree murder at around 9:30 p.m. Wednesday. The two were being held at Boone County Jail on $750,000 bond each.
In a probable cause statement, Columbia police Detective John Short said Ladiner described how he drove while Prince fired the weapon. It was found later at Ladiner’s residence, according to the statement.
Columbia police Capt. Brad Nelson said the semi-automatic weapon was likely obtained illegally but police don’t know yet how.
“These guns change hands so many times,” Nelson said.
Nelson said Wednesday’s incident stemmed from an ongoing feud between two groups who grew up together in Columbia.
“It went on for over a year,” Nelson said. “There have been some fights and instances of violence by each side.”
Both of the suspects have criminal records.
Ladiner was convicted of third-degree domestic assault and resisting arrest at separate times in 2006. Prince was charged with property damage and third-degree assault in March.
Edith Prince said a conflict existed between Ladiner and Larry McBride, who drove the car the victim was riding in.
McBride, 20, of Columbia, was arrested for second-degree drug trafficking after off-duty police Sgt. Daniel Beckman stopped his car after the shooting. Police said Wednesday that McBride was trying to rush Robinson to the hospital when Beckman spotted the car driving erratically, tailgating and speeding north on Providence Road. During the traffic stop, he learned that Robinson, who was in the front seat, had been shot.
Police said McBride has been arrested 61 times. His bond on the drug trafficking charge was set at $200,000, with the stipulation that he not have contact with Kristopher Prince or Ladiner.
Edith Prince said she planned to hold a vigil at Russell Chapel on Monday to pray for the youth of Columbia. She said she had wanted to hold such an event before the shooting to communicate to young people to let go of their grudges.
Karen Walker-McClure, pastor of Russell Chapel, said that in light of the massacre on Monday at Virginia Tech and Wednesday’s shooting, “we need to pray for our kids.”
At Hickman High School, which Robinson attended until October 2006, crisis counselors were on hand to help students who knew the victim.
About 20 students visited counselors, while others went home for the day after hearing the news of their friend’s death, Principal Mike Jeffers said.
Friends of the victim grieved Thursday with messages of remembrance on Robinson’s MySpace profile, where he is pictured wearing a baggy white T-shirt, jeans and a baseball cap and holding two $1 bills. Kelsi Vallier, 17, wrote that Robinson was one of her best friends growing up.
“i love you like a brother and i kno ur in a better place, but man i wish to God u wouldnt have left so soon,” she wrote.
–Missourian reporter Jason Borseth contributed to this report