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Father fears fate of teen charged in death of Army Veteran

Posted at 5:30 PM, Aug 03, 2016

NEWPORT NEWS - The father of a teenage girl who is charged in the death of an army veteran mowing his lawn fears his daughter will be charged as an adult.

We are not identifying the teenager because of her age, but Calvin Casey, the teen's father, told News 3 exclusively that she has had run-ins with the law before.

"She went on the wrong path," said Casey. "She was with social services in Richmond and got hooked up with the wrong people for that I am very sorry."

Police say the teen was listed as a runaway and wanted on robbery charges in Henrico County when she drove Shawn Collier's car after he was arrested for outstanding warrants on Friday. Sources say on April 24th the teen along with two other women used the dating website Plenty of Fish to lure a Surry County man to the Coventry Garden Apartments. According to sources, the ladies asked the man to come to the back of building 216, where he was robbed by three men.

William Gordan, a neighbor in the apartment complex says he knew something illegal was going on.

"Luring people here to rob them, it's real shocking and kind of scary," Gordan said.

Now in addition to robbery, the teen faces several other charges including felony homicide, hit and run, evading and eluding police and operating a motor vehicle with no drivers license. Currently, the case is in Juvenile Domestic Relations Court, but Casey says he believes and fears his daughter will be charged as an adult.

"She made a mistake and she has to learn from it," said Casey. "But at the same time, I have to ask for you all to show her some sympathy too."

The Commonwealth's Attorney's Office says the case is currently still in Juvenile Domestic Relations Court so they can not comment on the case.