Monday, June 9, 2008

Kaleb Jair Maclin, R.I.P.

Dana DeFever of The Flint Journal reports:

Kaleb Jair Maclin, 21, died Sunday morning after he was stabbed at 1210 Avon Park.

According to the Flint Police Maclin was stabbed during an altercation at 12:21 a.m. Police have a black 16-year-old male suspect in custody.

For a map of Flint homicides, go to the Flint Murder Map.

Note: The Flint Journal violates one of the basic rules of reporting in this short brief. When race is not an issue in a story, you don't mention race. Why is it necessary to point out the suspect is black? The victim's race isn't mentioned because it has no bearing on the story. Likewise, the suspect's race isn't relevant since he's already in custody. (If the police are looking for a suspect at large, it makes since to mention if they are white or black or whatever, along with any other distinguishing characteristics.) This is the kind of racially biased reporting that most papers have eliminated. The Journal should eliminate it as well.

UPDATE: The Flint Journal reports:

A 16-year-old boy faces murder charges over claims he stabbed his older brother to death in a fight over an iPod and a cellphone.

Police were called to the Avon Park apartment complex on Lapeer Road near Court Street just before midnight Saturday and found Kaleb J. Maclin with stab wounds.

The 21-year-old was taken to Hurley Medical Center where he died.

His brother, Damarcus Maclin, was arrested hours later and will face open murder charges as an adult.

Genesee County Prosecutor David S. Leyton called the slaying "tragic."

"It harkens back to Cain and Abel," said Leyton, who said he decided to charge Damarcus as an adult because of the "grievous" facts of the case.

The pair were apparently arguing when Damarcus allegedly grabbed a knife from the kitchen and attacked his brother, officials said.

An arrest warrant for Damarcus was sworn out Monday and he is expected to be arraigned today Tuesday.

He is being held at the Regional Detention Center in Flint Township.

Funeral services for Maclin are set for noon Friday at Joy Tabernacle, 731 E. Hamilton Ave.

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