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Teen homicide suspect charged as adult in Palm Bay shooting

Prosecutors say a 16-year-old Palm Bay boy will be tried as an adult in connection with a deadly shooting last month stemming from a marijuana deal gone bad. 

Kaiyam Kellman appeared in juvenile court at the Moore Justice Center in Viera on Tuesday as the state attorney’s office filed notice that they were upgrading the case to prosecute the teen as an adult.

Kaiyam was charged with second-degree murder in the death of 22-year-old Jose Luis Reyes Jr., discharging a firearm into an occupied vehicle, and shooting into an occupied building. The 11th-grade student could face up to life in prison if convicted.

Kaiyam was transferred from the Juvenile Detention Center to the Brevard County Jail’s juvenile holding area. 

The shooting happened September 30 in front of a home in the 100 block of Pelican Drive, part of a neighborhood tucked away in Lockmar Estates. 

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“They were doing some kind of drug transaction,” said Lt. Steve Bland, spokesman for the Palm Bay Police Department. “It shouldn’t have escalated the way it did. I don’t think we have the answers to why it did,” he added. 

Detectives said the incident unfolded after an unknown man called an associate of Reyes to discuss buying marijuana. Reyes, along with several people got into a car and drove to the residence on Pelican Drive.

Reyes and others spotted an older model car backed into a driveway. A teen – later identified by witnesses as Kaiyam – got out of the car and walked up to the other vehicle with a gun tucked in his front waistband.

Reyes, who was driving, sped off. Witnesses said Kaiyam then got back in the older model car. Police said the Reyes then turned around in the street and rode back up to the car with Kaiyam. The youth then fired off three rounds at the oncoming car, with bullets punching through the windshield and side door, striking the driver in his right side near the abdomen.

The driver, wounded, then tried to drive away, winding along Pelican until he lost control and veered into a raven. The vehicle then went airborne and crashed into the façade of a home at 120 Pelican Dr.

Police searched and located Kaiyam sitting in the passenger seat. The .40 caliber handgun, say police, is believed to belong to a relative of one of the teens who were with Kaiyam. An investigation is ongoing.

Contact Gallop at 321-242-3642, jdgallop@floridatoday.com and Twitter @JDGallop

 

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