Arrest Made In Murder of 13-Year-Old, As Family & Friends Remember Him

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GRANITE CITY, IL. (KTVI) –A man has been charged for the murder of a 13-year-old boy.  Clayton Veninga, of Granite City was fatally shot while sitting on a Cleveland Boulevard porch around 9:30 pm Wednesday night.

LaRoyce Montez McFadden was charged with 1st Degree Murder and Aggravated Battery with a Firearm.

Police say McFadden was an acquaintance of Veninga.  No word as to whether the victim was the intended target, but police say this was not an accidental or random shooting.


Assistant Police Chief Jeff Connor says the public has been instrumental in helping solve the crime.

Connor says, “We’re thankful that we came to a conclusion this quick, and the public can be at ease that we don’t have a murderer out on the loose right now.”

Hearing this news was very emotional for Veninga’s mother, Angie. Through tears, she says, “My baby got justice.”

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