A 17-year-old in Texas is accused of providing a gun to a 14-year-old who later committed suicide. Jordan Sharifi was taken into custody on April 6 with officials in the McKinney Independent School District confirming the arrested was related to the suicide of Raymond Howell.
Here’s what you need to know:
1. His Bond Has Been Set at $300,000
CBS Dallas-Fort Worth reports that Sharifi is facing charges of tampering with evidence, making a firearm available to a child and theft of a gun. His bond is $300,000, according to the Collin County Sheriff’s Office.
2. Howell’s Family Say He Was Bullied ‘Relentlessly’
Raymond Howell, a freshman at McKinney Boyd High School, was found dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound on April 2. Speaking to the Dallas Morning News, family members said that he had been bullied “relentlessly.” Local police said that no official bullying complaints had ever been made. His family also told the Dallas News that Howell had borrowed a gun to protect himself.
3. Sharifi Wasn’t Happy About Moving to Texas From California in 2013
According to his Facebook page, Sharifi is a native of Fallbrook, California. He says on his page that he went to high school for a time in Nevada. In a status update from March 4, he wrote that he was missing his family in California. Sharifi, along with his family, were quoted in a San Diego Union Tribune piece about a block party in the town of Temecula in Southern California. In posts on his Facebook, Sharifi says that he moved to Texas during the summer of 2013. Sharifi’s father, Joubin, writes on his Facebook page that the family are of Persian descent.
4. His Last Twitter Message Came With the Hashtag ‘RestEasyRaymond’
On April 3, he retweeted a message on his Twitter that read “By far the saddest day of my life. I love and miss you buddy #resteasyraymond.” His Twitter feed consists mainly of retweets from the account F*ck Feelings. On April 1, Sharifi wrote “Just because your beautiful doesn’t give you a right to be a bitch.”
5. Howell’s Family Are Holding Rallies to Raise Bullying Awareness in McKinney
A Go Fund Me Page set up for Howell has, at the time of writing, raised nearly $12,000 of a $15,000 target, to help support the Howell family. The Dallas Morning News reports that a rally will be held outside of McKinney Boyd High School on April 9 and 10 in honor of Howell.