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Neighbors shocked to hear of teen charged with murder

Christopher K. Collins, photo courtesy the Marshall County Sheriff's Department. Christopher K. Collins, photo courtesy the Marshall County Sheriff's Department.

(WMC-TV) – Neighbors said they are surprised a teenager is charged with murder for the drive-by killing of 16-year-old Derica Patterson early Christmas Day.

Thursday, the Marshall County Sheriff's Department charged 16-year-old Christopher Collins with one count of murder and four counts of drive-by shooting.

Rickey Shaw said teens from Rossville, Tennessee cross state lines to party in Mississippi because there is nothing else to do.

"Ain't nothing here," said Shaw.  "I mean, look around.  The tree's dead, the road's dead.  Everything is the same way as when I left 40 years ago."

After a night of partying in Marshall County, Mississippi, a drive-by shooting killed Patterson and injured three others.

Investigators charged Cory Albright with Patterson's murder and are still searching for Rico Fleming, another suspect in connection with the shooting.  Fleming has now been added to the TBI's most wanted list.

Investigators announced they had also charged Collins with murder.  Attorney Steve Farese said Collins has been released on a $50,000 bond as the investigation continues.

"Of course the family is distraught," said Farese.  "He's distraught, and scared as any 16-year-old would be."

Action News 5 attempted to contact Collins, but knocks to the door of his home went unanswered.

Shaw said he knows the family and believes Collins was in the wrong place at the wrong time.

"Some kind of way there needs to be a message sent out to these kids that if you didn't have nothing to do with it, then don't be afraid to come forward," said Shaw.  "If you didn't have anything to do with it, then you need to step forward because these people will charge you with murder."

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