DETROIT (WWJ) – A young Detroit man is behind bars without bond, charged in the death of a teenager over a pair of Air Jordan shoes.

Dante Tyrell Ford (Photo: Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office)

Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy has charged 20-year-old Dante Tyrell Ford with felony murder, armed robbery, assault with intent to murder, felon in possession of a firearm and felony firearm in connection with the shooting on Tuesday.

According to investigators, the victim — 17-year-old Corey Thomas of Grosse Pointe Woods  — and a 24-year-old friend met up with Ford to sell him the sneakers in the 15000-block of Pinehurst, near Fenkel, just Loyola High School, on the city’s west side.

When Ford got into the back of the victims’ vehicle to make a deal, he allegedly pulled a gun. The 24-year-old man also pulled a gun, prosecutors say, the two began to wrestle, shots were fired and Ford fled the area.

Thomas, who was shot in the head, died at the scene. His friend, whose name has not been released, was treated as a local hospital for a gunshot to his arm.

Separately, Ford is accused of robbing a 16-year-old boy at noon the same day in the area of Birwood and Midland. Prosecutors say the two had also arranged to meet for a sale of Air Jordans; but Ford instead held the teen at gunpoint and took the shoes. No one was injured in that incident.

In that case, the Wayne County Prosecutors Office said Ford is charged with armed robbery, felon in possession of a firearm and felony firearm.

Ford was arraigned in both cases in 36th District Court on Friday. He remains held awaiting a probable cause conference set for June 16 and a preliminary examination on June 23.

Comments (18)
  1. That’s not a man, it is a filthy n****r.

  2. This is so sad…. 2 lives ruined over a pair of shoes (made in china)

  3. John Benbow says:

    hey he could be obama’s kid

    1. Why is that funny ? Please, share your wisdom….You took the time to make the comment – Explain what you mean .

  4. Red Shift says:

    According to his mother, it was the first time he was ever in trouble.

    1. I’ll bet he was a straight A student as well…

  5. Clegg Jensen says:

    Now you know why the oldest continent remains the poorest and most backwards continent.

  6. What would Jesse say? What would Al say? What would Barack say? What would Maxine say?

    Indeed, what would Phil Knight say? What would Phil Jackson say? And what would the brand’s namesake say? Have any of them been asked?

    Finally, how many black men have been shot over sneakers?

  7. Edwin Buck says:

    Another black killing black, but no one in the media cares. It’s only “NEWS” if a white kills a black. When are the normal black people going to get smart and realize that they have a very big problem with their own people? They can’t depend on the government to slove their problems, they have to solve it themselves

    1. I cannot believe your comment about the Media not caring….Call me naive, but I won’t even consider that as a possibility.
      As to the rest of your comment, I could not agree more. It is sad that (some) Black Americans are more happy to live up to the expectations concerning Black stereotypes. Killing another over a pair of shoes ? Sad…

  8. What kind of people murder over sneakers? (That’s a rhetorical question.)

  9. Philip Nolan says:

    If it does not matter to Black Lives Matter, then it does not matter to me. My outrage only follows theirs.

  10. Frank Beans says:

    If 0bama had a son he’d look like…

  11. Dan Sutton says:

    We need MORE gun control!

    Uhhhh….wait a minute….. he was already a felon that is forbidden by GUN LAWS from owning a gun in the first place, wasn’t he? How did he pass the background check that I had to go through with his record? He bought it in a legal gun dealer’s, right?

    Oh yeah, if ONLY we had ANOTHER law that forbid people from shooting someone else!

    After all, if the victim had had a gun…..who knows what horrors could have entailed! Why the “teen” that robbed and shot him might have been killed! He wouldn’t have his right to a trial!

  12. An exception to the Of-Color Lives Matter general rule lies in the case of one having sneakers highly desired by another, which sets up a solid defense of justifiable homicide for the one understandably coveting said sneakers.

  13. how many people have been killed over these shoes??? CRAZY

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