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Suspect in fatal shooting of boy, 11, believed to have violent reputation

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Ta'mon Ford is charged with two counts of first degree murder. He allegedly killed Romell Jones in an apparent drive-by shooting in front of the Alton Acres Housing Complex’s recreational center Ta'mon Ford is charged with two counts of first degree murder. He allegedly killed Romell Jones in an apparent drive-by shooting in front of the Alton Acres Housing Complex’s recreational center
ALTON, Ill. (KMOV.com) -

The teen accused of fatally shooting an Alton boy, 11, has a violent past, those know him say.

Ta’mon Ford is charged with two counts of first-degree murder.  Authorities said he shot and killed 11- year-old Romell Jones in a drive-by shooting Monday evening. Jones was not the intended target, police believe.

Ford has a violent reputation, according to those who know him.  He has music online with lyrics that’s just as violent as the crime he’s accused of.

“Bullets hella high like we on a beach parents come and find them laying in the street see the ghosts in their eyes got them scared to speak,” said Ford in one of his songs.

Romell’s brother Armani Jones said he’s seen Ford around and is aware of his reputation.

“He’s a bad guy because he was smoking. Just hanging out. He was not a good person,” said Jones.

 Jones said he did his best to stay clear away from Ford.

"He used to go to Alton High School and would walk around acting like he so gangster and stuff,” said Jones.

Prosecuting attorney Tom Gibbons said the Major Case Squad did a great job getting Ford into custody.

“At this time our primary goal was to get the shooter charged and in custody and that's why we are here today,” said Gibbons.

According to Gibbons, this is just the beginning of the judicial process.

However, Romell’s brother is already thinking ahead and knows exactly what he wants to see happen to Ford.

“Death penalty,” said Jones.

A GoFundMe has been set up for Jones' funeral expenses. To donate, click here

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