Demetrius Osbourne: 15-year-old charged with murdering 17-year-old

FORT PIERCE, Fla. - Editor's note: It is not WPTV's policy to automatically name a minor, especially when they have not been charged as an adult. In this case, due to the seriousness of the charges, we have decided to name the individual.
Chris Williams believes his Fort Pierce hometown streets have become more dangerous.

"(Teen violence) was here, but it wasn't like it is now," he recalled. "It definitely wasn't performed by such young people."

St. Lucie County deputies said 15-year-old Demetrius Osbourne shot and killed 17-year-old Devontae Dukes.

It happened Saturday, as Dukes was riding his bicycle with his brother, down North 33rd Street.

Deputies said a white Chevy Impala began to follow them.

Dukes ran off and yelled at his brother, Jeremiah, to "go, go!"

A sheriff's report said his brother, Jeremiah, was shot at twice, but wasn't hit.

When Jeremiah returned to Devontae, he had been shot in the stomach.

Dukes' family did not want to talk to NewsChannel 5, but a friend described him as a quiet teenager, known in the community as "Peanut."

Osbourne remains in the St. Lucie Juvenile Detention Center, with no bond.

He's charged with first-degree premeditated murder, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, and unlawful possession of a weapon.

The State Attorney's Office will decide whether he will be charged as an adult.

Williams did not know Dukes, but he said Dukes' story is becoming all-too-common.

That is why he never takes his eye off his five-year-old girl, Sade.

"My daughter likes to play in the yard, like most children do," he explained. "But it has to be supervised."

He wants her to grow up in a safe environment, but with this recent shooting, he's worried that the streets where he grew up, will no longer be appropriate for her.

"If you keep being silent about this, it's going to continue to happen," said Williams. "It's a very frightening situation, and it shouldn't be like that."

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