Phoenix Teen Dead After He and Brothers Use Rocks and Knives Against Neighbor With a Gun

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Merrell Curley (left) and brother Mardell were arrested for throwing rocks at the man who fatally shot their brother.
A Phoenix teenager is dead and his two brothers are in jail, after they allegedly went after their neighbor -- who had a gun -- with knives and large rocks.

Phoenix police Sergeant Steve Martos says the man who fatally shot 17-year-old Theodore Curley on Saturday night was questioned and released by homicide detectives.

According to information released by Phoenix police, Theodore Curley and his two 18-year-old brothers, Merrell and Mardell Curley, had been drinking outside at their apartment complex -- on the 4200 block of North 17th Street -- when they got in an argument amongst themselves.

They were arguing in front of a 19-year-old man's apartment, and that man ended up getting in an argument with the three brothers, before he went back inside his apartment, and closed a screen door behind him.

Police say Theodore Curley went back to his apartment, grabbed two knives, and went with his brothers back to the apartment of the man they'd argued with.

According to police, Theodore Curley tried to force his way into the man's apartment, and made threats to the man while doing so.

Although the man told Curley to leave, and warned that he had a gun, the man ended up shooting Curley.

Police note that the shooter -- whose name hasn't been released -- said he feared for his life, as well as the lives of his girlfriend and baby, who were in the apartment at the time.

Curley died from being shot, and immediately after the shooting, his brothers started throwing "large river rocks" into the apartment. One of those rocks hit the shooter in the head, according to the cops.

After questioning the shooter, he was released. Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery established a "Self- Defense Review Committee" a couple years ago, so we wouldn't be surprised if that committee reviewed this case. For now, though, there are no charges against him.

Merrell and Mardell Curley, however, were jailed on charges of aggravated assault.

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LeeshaCole
LeeshaCole

For god sack a 17 yr old just died and feds are doing nothing. If he was my little brother I will do anything in my power to have the shooter locked up, because he took a young innocent, sweet, precious life away from his loved ones and I don't think that is far at all.  Us Navajo's have a right to speak and to be heard. Freedom Of Speech!

thiannedylan
thiannedylan

@bob_lablaw96  Shut the fuck up with your proper shit. And cut the racist shit out. It's not like Native Americans are the only ones who consume alcohol. Tribal brothers? The fuck is that shit. @j.peterson31 and you. You obviously don't know anything about us "Indians" if you think we all get monthly checks. According to your name, you sound like white, stuck up motherfucker who doesn't realize all of this land was OUR land until you immigrants came and fucked up everything. So yeah, we do deserve the free medical care and free education we get. Considering white fucks came and invaded us. So suck a dick and get over it. And for the rest of you bitches who think all of us Native Americans are stupid, you guys are just as stupid for thinking you're all high and mighty when you're probably some poor shits with low income jobs. That's why you have such a problem with our benefits. I think it's pretty funny how all of you think it's because we're Native American, it's our fault. It's not even about the evidence or facts. Once someone hears "Indians", they make sure it's heard. 

yelp.kae
yelp.kae

I guess the unnamed shooter can count himself lucky his attackers only weapons were rocks and knives. If the rock that had hit him in the head was a bullet, he never would have had the chance to defend himself.

wakkyboop
wakkyboop

I understand the boy was trying to protect his family. Im a family friend and I want to know why Theo had TWO gunshot wounds in his BACK?? If he was trying to get into his apartment wouldn't there be ONE gunshot wound somewhere in his chest??? Since there is 2 in his back wouldnt that mean he was going the opposite direction of the shooter?? US NATIVE AMERICANS NEED JUSTICE TOO! AND WE'LL GET IT FOR THEO! THE MEDIA ISNT RIGHT THEY'RE TRYING TO MAKE A JUICYER STORY FOR YOU PEOPLE WHO ARE IGNORANT ENOUGHT TO BELIEVE EVERYTHING THEY SAY! THEO WAS AN AMAZING PERSON AND WAS GOING SOMEWHERE IN LIFE, HE WAS NOT SOMEONE WHO WOULD ACTUALLY KILL SOMEONE ELSE! JUST BECAUSE HES NATIVE AMERICAN AND ALCOHOL WAS INVOLVED DOESNT MEAN ITS ALL HIS FAULT! I BELIEVE THAT MEXICAN SHOULD BE ROTTING BEHIND BARS!

Read more: http://www.abc15.com/dpp/news/region_phoenix_metro/central_phoenix/2-brothers-arrested-after-3rd-brother-shot-and-killed-in-phoenix#ixzz2I5GdRAuF

crbullseye
crbullseye

Add the IQ's of these 3 and you might get 10!

chunt6
chunt6

Their parents must be sooooo proud!

j.peterson31
j.peterson31

those indians guys should be exalted backto their reservation, and taken their, free money, heathcare and monthly checks removed. Fat chance that happening

vigvamvoo
vigvamvoo

Hmm, bringing knives and rocks to a gun fight is never a wise idea!

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sliperymike
sliperymike

they should be charged with murder,as it was commited during a crime(felony asault)

bob_lablaw96
bob_lablaw96

@wakkyboop To think that your education was free, and you passed it up.  

It is not that everyone shoots at your tribal brothers, but it does seem that those brothers tend to indulge themselves in liquor to the extent that many others feel like shooting them  Perhaps it is they that should look at the cause, and effect of liquor.

Our brown brothers, much like our red ones, do tend to get a bit "goofy" while indulging themselves in a taste of firewater.  It is not really a good call for you to shout for "that Mexican should be rotting behind bars."  

Either way, you need to learn English, grammar, and manners.

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

@crbullseye  your an optimist, i prefer to be a realist, i came up with a much lower number

Vee Bee
Vee Bee

@j.peterson31 what's this money you talk of. The Navajo Nation doesn't give out money to their tribal members. That's a whole different tribe so shoosh!

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