Teen Admits to Killing 13-Year-Old in N. Mpls

Created: 02/06/2013 10:38 AM KSTP.com By: Jennie Olson

A teenager admitted to killing a 13-year-old boy in Minneapolis two summers ago.

Sixteen-year-old Derrick Deangelo Catchings pleaded guilty to second degree murder and attempted second degree murder for the shooting death of Rayjon Gomez. According to the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office, Catchings’ gun fired and killed Gomez and wounded another boy as they walked and biked in a North Minneapolis alley on Aug. 24, 2011.

Catchings admitted that he and several other men were seeking revenge for a gang-related incident where one of Catchings’ friends was wounded, according to the attorney’s office. When they saw Gomez, they believed he was the person they were looking for and Catchings said he jumped out of the van and fired three shots at the group. Another person allegedly fired four more shots, according to the attorney’s office.

The wounded victim recovered, but Gomez did not.

Catchings could get more than 38 years in prison. He will be sentenced at 1:30 p.m. Monday, May 20.

Eighteen-year-old Donquarius Davon Copeland and 26-year-old Kemen Lavatos Taylor II were also indicted and will face trial on April 22. Copeland is accused of being the second shooter, and Taylor is accused of driving the van.