DETROIT, MI – Corey Thomas, 17-years-old, of Harper Woods, was murdered on June 6th, 2017, over a pair of Air Jordans.
The incident occurred outside of Detroit Loyola High School during an attempt to sell a pair of Air Jordan’s that ended in a man’s attempt to rob Corey and his 21-year-old friend but took the 17-year-olds life.
Police were originally called to the area of Pinehurst and Fenkell avenues, on Detroit’s northwest side, on a report of a car accident. When they arrived on scene, they found Thomas lying in the street and his friend, who had also been shot, was found nearby.
According to police, Thomas was in the drivers seat when he and his friend met up with two other men who had plans to buy the pair of Air Jordans. Detroit Police said that a fight broke out in the car and the backseat passenger pulled out a gun. The passenger in the front seat also pulled out a gun. At least two shots were fired during the scuffle.
Detroit Police have arrested a man for the shooting death of Cory Thomas and for the non-fatal shooting of his 21-year-old friend. The Wayne County Prosecutors Office has received the warrant request that is currently being reviewed. The defendant is expected to be arraigned on Friday, June 9th.
The family of Corey Thomas is asking the public for prayer and most importantly to remember their loved one for his beautiful smile and big heart. The family is also asking the public to please delete the senseless photos of Corey’s lifeless body lying in the street that have been circulating on the internet. His family is requesting that you use one of the three photos below to remember Corey with.
Obituary for Corey Harris-Thomas
HARRIS-THOMAS, Corey DeAndre; Age 17; June 6, 2017. Beloved son of Corey Thomas and Deidra Harris-Thomas. Loving brother of Sharon Harris, Anetta Harris, Christopher Harris-Thomas, and Chloe Harris-Thomas. Dearest grandson of Gail Murphy. Dear nephew of Sheba Harris, Michael Murphy, and Richard Croxton.
Visitation Tuesday, June 13, 2017 from 3-8pm at Chas. Verheyden, Inc., 16300 Mack Ave., Grosse Pointe. Funeral Wednesday, June 14, 2017; Family Hour 10:00am until the time of the Funeral, 11:00am at Grace Community Church, 21001 Moross Rd, Detroit.
Deidra Harris-Thomas wants to thank everyone for their support. She stated in a post on Facebook “Thank you all for your support from the bottom of my heart. I see all your posts inboxes and at some point I’ll respond.”
If you would like to send a personal letter or card to the Thomas family you can do so at the following address:
Family of Corey Thomas
PO BOX 32912
Detroit, MI 48232
A Go Fund Me account has also been established to assist the family with expenses. If you would like to contribute to that account, please Click Here.