High school student found shot to death in his car; police say killing was not random

Three teenagers have been arrested in the shooting death of a 17-year-old Maryland high school student found dead in his car.

According to NBC Washington, police responded to a report of a shooting on July 18 and found Dustin Khoury, 17, shot in his car in Sparrows Point, Maryland. The teen was taken to the hospital for treatment, but died of his injuries.

Dustin Khoury (Left)/GoFundMe

Early in the investigation, police determined that the shooting was not random and that an illegal transaction led to the violent death.

“The preliminary investigation reveals the suspects and victim had agreed to meet to conduct an illegal transaction,” police said in a statement obtained by the Washington Post. “During that transaction, the suspects shot the victim.”

On Friday, police arrested two teen boys and one girl in connection with Khoury’s death.

The Capital Gazette reports that Kalik Johnson, 18, Darius Tarick Johnson, 17, and Kylah Nettleton (pictured above), 18, were arrested and charged with first- and second-degree murder. It is not yet known if the male suspects are related. Darius Johnson is reportedly being charged as an adult.

The precise motive for the murder is not yet known, and police have not yet revealed the nature of the suspected illegal transaction that led to the killing.

NBC Washington spoke to Khoury’s father shortly after the teen was found shot to death.

“He never reached adulthood, never had a chance to live life,” Michael Khoury said. “I’m not too sure how it’s going to go. It’s just one day at a time for us.”

Khoury’s family has organized a GoFundMe campaign to raise funeral expenses.

All three teens are reportedly being held without bail.



Feature photo: Prince George’s County Police