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Homicide Bureau detectives announced a $10,000 reward during a Nov. 10 press conference. The reward was sponsored by Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, approved by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, and offered in exchange for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for two shooting deaths.

A call for service was dispatched late Thursday evening, Oct. 15, and advised of a vehicle collision in the 100 block of East 124th Street, in an unincorporated community of Athens Village. The call entailed a vehicle which drove up a curb and crashed into another car, but as deputies from Century Sheriff’s Station responded, the information in the call was upgraded to a shooting incident.

Lieutenant Brandon Dean said detectives determined 17-year-old Jamele Hill was the driver of the vehicle that night; he rode with 16-year-old Millyon Colquitt in the front seat and three friends in the back seat. Gunshots were fired in their direction in the 12200 block of Maple Avenue, which struck Jamele, Millyon and the vehicle.

Although both boys suffered wounds to the upper torso, Jamele accelerated southbound on Maple Avenue, in an attempt to escape, and collided into a vehicle parked in the driveway of a house on East 124th Street, where his vehicle came to rest. The three boys in the back ran for their lives but returned to speak with deputies, once the scene was secure.

Jamele and Millyon were both pronounced dead at the scene, while none of the three backseat passengers were injured.

The young victims were high school students and talented sportsmen; Jamele was a varsity football player being scouted by colleges, and Millyon was a varsity basketball player. The Colquitt family suffered a big loss not long before the shooting, when Millyon’s mother was killed in a vehicle collision, leaving him to be raised by his grandmother.

There is no suspect information. Detectives and family members of both victims pleaded with the public to come forth with any information to help solve the case.

To report information about this incident, contact the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Homicide Bureau at (323) 890-5500. Provide information anonymously by calling Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-TIPS (8477), use a smartphone by downloading the “P3 Tips” Mobile App on Google Play or the Apple App Store, or use the website http://lacrimestoppers.org/.