An unfortunate event has once again dogged the Air Jordan XI “Legend Blue” release, this time resulting in no pepper spraying, but in the death of an Ohio teenager. Sixteen year old Jawaad Jabbar missed his chance to purchase a pair at his local Dayton Mall, and the resulting acts resulted in the loss of his life. Read below for the complete story.
Police in Miami Township, in Montgomery County, said Jawaad Jabbar, 16, was at the Dayton Mall Saturday with some other teens attempting to get a pair of new, limited-release Air Jordan’s that were going on sale.
When he failed to get in line in time to get a pair of shoes, police said, Jabbar decided to rob someone who had the shoes. He approached two men just outside the mall and showed a gun, police said.
Sgt. Jay Phares said that one of the men Jabbar tried to rob also had a handgun, which he pulled out and fired one time. Jabbar was struck by the bullet and was pronounced dead a short time later.
“This was a random act of ‘I want something that person has and I’m going to take it from them by any means,’” Phares said.
The man who shot Jabbar has a concealed carry permit, Phares said. He said the CCW holder may have violated mall policy if he had the gun in the mall, but that determination wasn’t part of the police department’s investigation.
Two other teens were arrested Tuesday in connection with the incident. Formal charges have not been filed, police said. Phares said the two could end up being charged with murder.
“It is tragic that someone lost their lives over tennis shoes,” Phares said.
On Saturday the Middletown High School athletics department expressed sadness on social media, saying, “We lost a loved one, an athlete, a Middie. Rest in peace Jawaad Jabbar (JJ) and all of our prayers go to his family. #41forever.”
WLWT reached out to Jabbar’s family, coaches and friends, but they said it was too soon to talk. They would only say that the Jabbar was a good kid and dedicated athlete, who was determined to be the best.
We here at Modern Notoriety hope to see an end to sneaker related violence. Though we love our kicks, at the end of the day, it is not worth risking your life or resulting to violence.