Killer Kids

An epidemic of payback murder is wiping out a generation of inner-city youth

On February 9, trash haulers refused to empty the dumpster because of the stench coming from it. Thinking there was a dead animal inside, the furniture factory owner hired a local man to clean out the bin. The man found Rod's badly decomposed body a week after he had disappeared and four days before a scheduled court hearing on his January arrest. No one had reported him missing.

A local drug dealer's tip led detectives to Randle, Barnett, Thermilus, and Keon Williams. Detectives believe some of the boys were low-level peddlers, but it's unclear whether they were part of a larger gang.

Barnett is charged with Rod's murder. The other boys are charged with felony accessory to murder. Reached by phone, Randle's mother, Felicia Archie, spoke only briefly and did not return follow-up calls. No one came to the door at Barnett's house, nor at Keon Williams's house, on a recent weekday morning. Barnett's mother, Norma Barnett, didn't return calls. Keon Williams's mother, Patricia Williams, answered her phone, but would say only, "I don't want to talk to nobody about it." Thermilus's mother, Amelia Thermilus, answered the door at her Little Haiti house, but declined to speak about her son. She said she had not known Rod.

Johnny Randle, Quintin Barnett (shown), and Aspen Thermilus, all age sixteen, were charged as adults in Rod's death. Keon Williams, age fourteen (not pictured), was charged as a juvenile. All were either friends or acquaintances of Rod's
Johnny Randle, Quintin Barnett (shown), and Aspen Thermilus, all age sixteen, were charged as adults in Rod's death. Keon Williams, age fourteen (not pictured), was charged as a juvenile. All were either friends or acquaintances of Rod's
Johnny Randle
Johnny Randle

An eighteen-year-old girl who lives near Randle and knows most of the boys involved questioned whether there was anything accidental about the killing. Based on what she had heard, the girl, who asked that her name be withheld, said it was likely Rod's friends had turned on him for cooperating with the police during his arrest, for being a snitch. "Because that's how it is around here," she said. "This is Haiti."


Television news cameras captured much of Rod's funeral at Hall Ferguson Hewitt Mortuary in Brownsville. There was no coffin, only a framed photograph of Rod on a table, something that irked Irma Williams and led to a verbal confrontation with the funeral home's director days later. Rod's sixteen-year-old sister, Monica, had been picked up on charges of battery against a pregnant teenager at her Broward County high school the day before, but made it to the funeral. She would later be found in violation of her probation terms for attending. His other sister, 21-year-old Latoya, was there with her boyfriend, who would be shot in the stomach during a robbery in Little Haiti less than a week later.

On a recent weekday morning someone who had read about Rod and had seen his baby face in the paper was looking for the site where the boy's body had been found. Asked for directions, a woman sitting quietly on a curb at first didn't recognize the name. Then it came to her. "You mean the boy in the garbage can?"

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Toneyfred58
Toneyfred58

We catch u we gon kill u quinton believe dat chump

Briancartwright1
Briancartwright1

my name is preal branel am from the Bahamas am looking for the family of Luckson Branel can someone help me find them please

Drecarter239
Drecarter239

are you serious..if so ..let me know...

ruderaiders
ruderaiders

email me and tell me what u no ruderaiders@hotmail.com

charlie
charlie

this man is sick he kiled everyone accept one girl i wish going over seeing how he fills if i gave him what he done im sorry but that is disgusting i am watching a programme about her she is brave and wish she had a family like us she coping really well she a very strong girl

robinson
robinson

wow ...man i cant believe this...? me and rod grew up in the sme neighborhodd..... we went to little river together and than we both went to horace mann middle school... where me and rod had world history class together and that same week on that wednesdays we both was in class to gether talking about ow the school got alot of hoes n i know quentin n all the others boyz bt i woulda neva tought they would do that but man ... rod man i love u dawg n i miss u man..i truly do man ..n only god knows where you are but for you niggas who did this ..ya gona pay big time

NIKKI
NIKKI

IN THE BEGINNING OF THIS STORY THEY TALK ABOUT MY BROTHER-IN-LAW GETTIN KILLED, EDWIN TERMA. THEY SAY IT WAS ONE OF THE MOST DRAMATIC SLAYINGS, AND IT WAS.....IT WAS COMPLETELY UNECESSARY WHAT HAPPENED....ALOT OF THESE GUYS ARE DYING OVER STUPID STUFF..LIKE FOR INSTANCE MY BROTHER IN LAW GOT KILLED FOR SOME STUPID STUFF THATS BEEN GOIN ON SINCE SCHOOL HOUSE DAYS...WHY WOULD YOU KILL SOMEONE FOR SOMETHING THAT HAPPENED WHEN YOU WERE IN MIDDLE SCHOOL? NOW EDWIN HAS 2 SONS THAT WILL NEVER KNOW HIM, WHAT ARE THEIR MOMS SUPPOSED TO TELL THEM? I JUST THINK THAT ALL OF THIS IS RIDICULOUS! PEOPLE JUST NEED TO THINK BEFORE THEY ACT, THEY GOTTA THINK, ITS NOT YOUR PLACE TO TAKE SOMEONE FROM THIS WORLD....ITS GOD'S PLACE...THESE PEOPLE HAVE FAMILES AND GIRLFRIENDS AND WIVES AND KIDS...BUT NOBODY EVER THINKS ABOUT THAT BEFORE THEY PULL THE TRIGGER....2006 WAS THE WORST YEAR FOR US...7 OF MY CLOSE FRIENDS GOT KILLED THAT YEAR, AND ALL OVER SOMETHING SO STUPID....I JUS WISH THAT THESE GUYS WOULDNT RESORT TO VIOLENCE SO MUCH, ESPICALLY FOR THE PETTY STUFF, ITS JUS NOT COOL TO KILL SOMEONE OVER SOMETHING SO PETTY, IF YOUR GONNA TAKE A MAN'S LIFE, AT LEAST MAKE IT SO IT'S WORTH DYING FOR, WHICH STILL SHOULDNT BE ANYONES DECISION BUT GOD'S....BUT YOU CANT TELL THESE YOUNG GUYS NOTHING, THEY ARE GONNA DO WHAT THEY DO REGARDLESS, I JUS WISH THAT THEY WOULD WAKE UP AND REALIZE THAT THEYRE RUINING THEIR LIVES...THINK ABOUT IT, EITHER THESE GUYS LOST THEIR LIVES AND WAS TAKEN FROM THIS EARTH, OR THEY LOST THEIR LIVES, CUZ THERYE GONNA BE SITTIN IN JAIL FOR THE REST OF IT....ITS NOT WORTH IT, ITS REALLY NOT...REST IN PEACE TO ALL THE FALLEN SOLGIERS AND REST IN PEACE TO ANYONE THATS LOST SOMEONE, CUZ I KNOW IVE LOST QUITE A FEW AND IT HURTS...REST IN PEACE EDWIN, YVON, PETER, COVINGSTON, LAMAR, LUCKSON, LEE, AND ENEL...YOU GUYS WILL ALWAYS BE IN OUR HEARTS...WE MISS YOU....

NIKKI
NIKKI

IN THE BEGINNING OF THIS STORY THEY TALK ABOUT MY BROTHER-IN-LAW GETTIN KILLED, EDWIN TERMA. THEY SAY IT WAS ONE OF THE MOST DRAMATIC SLAYINGS, AND IT WAS.....IT WAS COMPLETELY UNECESSARY WHAT HAPPENED....ALOT OF THESE GUYS ARE DYING OVER STUPID STUFF..LIKE FOR INSTANCE MY BROTHER IN LAW GOT KILLED FOR SOME STUPID STUFF THATS BEEN GOIN ON SINCE SCHOOL HOUSE DAYS...WHY WOULD YOU KILL SOMEONE FOR SOMETHING THAT HAPPENED WHEN YOU WERE IN MIDDLE SCHOOL? NOW EDWIN HAS 2 SONS THAT WILL NEVER KNOW HIM, WHAT ARE THEIR MOMS SUPPOSED TO TELL THEM? I JUST THINK THAT ALL OF THIS IS RIDICULOUS! PEOPLE JUST NEED TO THINK BEFORE THEY ACT, THEY GOTTA THINK, ITS NOT YOUR PLACE TO TAKE SOMEONE FROM THIS WORLD....ITS GOD'S PLACE...THESE PEOPLE HAVE FAMILES AND GIRLFRIENDS AND WIVES AND KIDS...BUT NOBODY EVER THINKS ABOUT THAT BEFORE THEY PULL THE TRIGGER....2006 WAS THE WORST YEAR FOR US...7 OF MY CLOSE FRIENDS GOT KILLED THAT YEAR, AND ALL OVER SOMETHING SO STUPID....I JUS WISH THAT THESE GUYS WOULDNT RESORT TO VIOLENCE SO MUCH, ESPICALLY FOR THE PETTY STUFF, ITS JUS NOT COOL TO KILL SOMEONE OVER SOMETHING SO PETTY, IF YOUR GONNA TAKE A MAN'S LIFE, AT LEAST MAKE IT SO IT'S WORTH DYING FOR, WHICH STILL SHOULDNT BE ANYONES DECISION BUT GOD'S....BUT YOU CANT TELL THESE YOUNG GUYS NOTHING, THEY ARE GONNA DO WHAT THEY DO REGARDLESS, I JUS WISH THAT THEY WOULD WAKE UP AND REALIZE THAT THEYRE RUINING THEIR LIVES...THINK ABOUT IT, EITHER THESE GUYS LOST THEIR LIVES AND WAS TAKEN FROM THIS EARTH, OR THEY LOST THEIR LIVES, CUZ THERYE GONNA BE SITTIN IN JAIL FOR THE REST OF IT....ITS NOT WORTH IT, ITS REALLY NOT...REST IN PEACE TO ALL THE FALLEN SOLGIERS AND REST IN PEACE TO ANYONE THATS LOST SOMEONE, CUZ I KNOW IVE LOST QUITE A FEW AND IT HURTS...REST IN PEACE EDWIN, YVON, PETER, COVINGSTON, LAMAR, LUCKSON, LEE, AND ENEL...YOU GUYS WILL ALWAYS BE IN OUR HEARTS...WE MISS YOU....

RUDERAIDERS
RUDERAIDERS

hi Nikki it seems like you know Luckson Branel my real name is Pearl Branel and my adopted name is Melden Reckley i think we can be family i was looking for my family for a long time and i really need some help finding them am from the Bahamas and i was watching a&e tv and i saw the name Luckson Branel and i said this got to be a link so if u get this can u you please text me back i know you might be bizzy doing other things but if you can help me locate them i will be more than greatful thank you very much looking forward too here from you from Pearl Branel

Briancartwright1
Briancartwright1

this is luckson brother from the Bahamas am trying to find the family can you help me please

Yaya
Yaya

well if your brother in law's gang didn't shoot an 18month old baby, maybe his death (as well as others) couldve been preventable. If you have a problem with someone, okay. But taking a life of an innocent child is unacceptable. Imagine if your child was shoot in front of you with an AK. That baby head blew off of its body. You live by the gun, so guess what? you die by it. No on is to blame but themselves. RIP to all.

RUDERAIDERS
RUDERAIDERS

MY NAME IS MELDEN RECKLEY AM 32 YEARS OLD AM FROM THE BAHAMAS I WAS ADOPTED FROM A BABY I FIRST LEARNED MY REAL NAME WHEN I WAS ABOUT 16 YEARS OLD ITS PEARL BRANEL FROM THEN I WAS TRYING TO LOCATE MY REAL FAMILY I ASK AROUND BUT NO ONE KNEW BUT WHEN I WAS WATCHING A&E AND SAW LUCKSON BRANEL WITH THE SEEM LAST NAME I FIGURED THAT HE COULD BE MY FAMILY SO IF ANY ONE OUT THERE IS READING THIS AM ASKING YOU TOO PLEASE HELP ME TO LOCATE THE FAMILY THEY COULD BE MY FAMILY I REALLY WOULD LIKE TO KNOW MYREAL MOM PLEASE

Drecarter239
Drecarter239

email me drecarter239@gmail.com...i can help

Morrisminor
Morrisminor

Most of the victims are black, big deal, almost all the killers are black too. If you expect sympathy from most people about black on black crime, you are mistaken. Blacks reap what they sow, when most of the heroes and role models are criminals. Better black on black crime than black on white crime.

Samantha
Samantha

I Knew Rod From Little River Elementary and Horace Mann Middle. I Had A big Crush On Him...He Was Real Good At football.Man I Moved To Georgia Our Eighth Grade Year When He Went to brownsville Middle.When My Friend Retravia Called Me And Told Me Rod Had Died..I Burst Out Into Tears...Man i Miss Rod..I Tried To Keep In Contact With Him When i moved But Nobody Knew His Number...I Feel Sorry For His Family!

cadillac jack
cadillac jack

hey this story right here is real sad. His own homeboyz that he grew up with. what type of shit is that! Young kids that ain't even have to end their lives. Their lives are basically over......they are in the system now which will make it that much harder for the young african americans. oh but they sure as hell deserve the maximum punishment and then some.

lilliana
lilliana

it is really sad how teens today are losing tjeir lives. if they are not killed by police, they are killing each other. it is terrifying because now we all fear for aour lives as we walk we are constatly looking back and hoping that were are the next.as a teen i must say tthe year 2006 was the most bloodies year i lost alot of people, but i have come to realized i can't longer cry for their soulos are in a better place. may their memories be forever cherished.

 
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