City sees 28th murder

A 13-year-old boy was murdered Sunday night less than a mile from the Yale Bowl.

Marquell Banks died after being shot in the head in a house at the corner of Porter Street and Parmelee Avenue some time before 7:30 p.m. Sunday. His death brings New Haven’s homicide count to 28 so far this year — the city’s highest since 1994, when 32 murders were recorded. Science Burress, 18, who police believed killed Banks, turned himself in Monday morning, and is currently held on a $2 million bond, according to New Haven Police Department spokesman David Hartman.

Alicia Roberts, Banks’s mother, had last seen Banks just “a couple of hours” earlier, according to the New Haven Independent.

Police immediately launched an investigation, headed by detective Nicole Natale. Burress turned himself in without incident at 10:45 a.m. Monday. As well as a homicide charge, he faces claims of reckless endangerment, unlawful discharge and possession of a sawed-off shotgun.

Banks’s homicide comes less than two weeks after the city’s 27th murder, which occurred Oct. 13.

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