Boler charged with murder
in Thursday shooting death
Saturday, July 19, 2014 7:28 AM
A Philadelphia man was charged with murder after turning himself in to authorities Friday night following a shooting a night earlier at Westside Park.
Samuel Ykeem Boler, 22, is charged with the murder of Danny R. Peden, 25, of 262 Carver Ave.
Boler remains in the Neshoba County Jail.
Chief of Police Grant Myers said Boler turned himself in to investigators with the Mississippi Highway Patrol in Meridian about 10:20 p.m. Friday.
"We along with MHP investigators were in constant communications with his family members trying to make arrangements for him to turn himself in without incident," Myers said.
Peden was pronounced dead at Neshoba County General Hospital Thursday at 8:06 p.m., county medical examiner Allen Collins said.
"The shooting occurred about 7:25 p.m. in Westside Park in the tennis court area," Myers said. "There was an off duty officer at the park at the time who heard the shot and responded within seconds. More officers and an ambulance were dispatched."
Chief Myers said the park was heavily occupied when the shooting occurred.
"There was a youth baseball game being played at the park at the time," he said.
Hours after the shooting, about 12:30 a.m., officers responded to a report of shots being fired into a house on Loper Street.
"No one was injured in the house," Myers said. "We believe this incident is connected to the shooting."
A reward has been posted over Crimestoppers for information in connection with the shooting by calling 1-855-485-8477 or the Police Department at 601-656-2131.
"We are asking anyone in the community to come forward with information and any witnesses who might have seen anything in the park. We ask that they please come forward," Myers said.