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February 3, 2016

DAILYKENN.com -- Police have retained a 17-year-old teen after the fatal shooting of a convenient store clerk. 

Investigators said the teen shot and killed Christine Ledlow, 43.

The teen, identified as Brooklyn Nyzell Traylor. An image of the teen was captured wearing a Trayvon Martin-style hoodie by a security camera.

Corinth investigators charged a 17-year-old with capital murder in the death of a gas station clerk.
Investigators said the teen shot and killed Christine Ledlow, 43, minutes before she would have gotten off work. She worked at the Mapco on Highway 72 in Corinth.

Surveillance video showed two men enter the gas station and hold up the clerk. Police have not released the video, but said Ledlow put her hands up and was shot in the chest.

Dozens of tips poured into the Corinth police station after the shooting. Parents of one of the men involved grabbed their son and turned him in for his participation in the robbery and murder.

"I felt like he took an innocent person's life and I felt like he needed to turn himself in," Tyrone Traylor, father, said. "It was very hard. I pretty much had to turn my back because I didn't want him to see the tears that was flowing."

That 17-year-old has now been charged with capital murder. His father identified him as Brooklyn Nyzell Traylor.

"Once we got there, I told the investigator I'm here to turn him in and he said 'no'. I need to let you all know I turn myself in," Tyrone said.

Tyrone said his son was recently in a mental hospital and has since developed a drug problem. He said he has not been the same since and never thought he could do something like this.

"I just want to tell that family I'm sorry," Tyrone said.

Police said after Traylor left the gas station, he ditched his hoodie on a side street and then walked into Walmart and stole a shirt to change. Everything, including the shooting, was caught on cameras. 

"It's the problem that people think they can shoot people and get away with it. The gun is not the problem. It's the heart of the person carrying the gun," Chief Ralph Dance said.

Corinth police officers are still searching for a second man involved in the shooting. Police have not released pictures or a description of the second suspect, but they said they know his identity.

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