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Craigslist Killing Suspects Plead Not Guilty in Death of La Jolla High Grad

Rashon Abernathy, Seandell Jones and Shaquille Jordan, all 17 years old, are held on $5 million bail and face 50 years to life in prison if convicted.

Three 17-year-olds accused of posing as sellers on Craigslist and robbing an 18-year old La Jolla High graduate and his girlfriend, then allegedly shooting the man to death when he tried to follow their vehicle to get a license plate number, have pleaded not guilty today in adult court to charges related to the death and robbery, including gang allegations.

Rashon Abernathy, Seandell Jones and Shaquille Jordan are all held on $5 million bail and face 50 years to life in prison if convicted.

The three teens were arrested Wednesday night on suspicion of killing Garrett Berki, a 2010 La Jolla High grad, after allegedly luring him to the Paradise Hills neighborhood of San Diego by posing as sellers on Craigslist, according to police reports.

Berki, a Mesa College student who lived with his mother in Mission Beach, had reportedly gone with his girlfriend to the eastern San Diego neighborhood to buy an item he had seen for sale online. At the prearranged meeting location, Abernathy, Jones and Jordan allegedly pretended to sell the item before pulling out a gun and demanding cash and cell phones, according to police.

The three suspects reportedly fled the scene in a green Honda. Berki reportedly followed their vehicle for a mile to try to get the license plate number. The two cars drove into a cul-de-sac near Parkside Park and the Honda circled around and headed back toward Berki’s car, according to police reports.

As the vehicles were next to each other, one of the three suspects allegedly fired a shot that struck Berki, according to Lt. Kevin Rooney of the San Diego Police Department. The victim’s girlfriend was present throughout the incident and was unharmed, but her name was not released.

After the gunshot, the three suspects reportedly drove away from the cul-de-sac for a short distance before losing control of the car on the 3000 block of Fleming Way and fleeing on foot.

Officers searched the area by ground and air with a helicopter. The three suspects were arrested about a block from the site of the crash.

 City News Service contributed to this report.

Robert May 16, 2011 at 06:46 PM
Berki should have NEVER followed the "alleged" perpatrators's car. He should have gotten the lisence plate number, STOPPED, gone straight to the Police, told them the story & let THEM handle the situation. If he had, he might still be alive. But, my most sincere condolences go out to Garrett Berki's family.
Melanie Blum May 16, 2011 at 08:54 PM
An excellent book - The Gift of Fear - by Gavin De Becker explains why we do things that are risky, despite our internal "gut" feelings that we should flee, and run. Animals never lose that "gut" reation; people do because it is politically or socially correct. In this case, it sadly left a young man dead. No doubt, he had some "gut" reaction beforehand, but ignored it. A good lesson for all to listen to your instincts. They never fail you.
Larry Nelson May 16, 2011 at 11:40 PM
IT'S TIME WE FAUGHT BACK WITH SOME JUSTICE OF OUR OWN, AT THE END OF A 13 LOOP ROPE! JUSTICE FOR DALLAS!
ray brown May 17, 2011 at 01:01 AM
It is amazing and even comical at most the stupid racist comments on this board. The intense animalistic racism is far worse than what these kids did to that boy. YOU RACISTS ARE COWARDS AND REALLY REALLY DUMB! If you were brave enough to express your stupid views in front of me, you probably get the same thing that boy got....a bullet between the eyes.
ray brown May 17, 2011 at 01:11 AM
What's so weird about these white racists and their backward racist comments is the fact that whites, both the females and males have committed the most vicious cold blooded heinous crimes in history. Most of these whites who are leaving these dumb comments are uninformed and just plain stupid. It's no wonder many of them end up killing off their parents and whole families....they become mad after learning they have been lied to and brainwashed.
Jamie Patch May 17, 2011 at 05:20 AM
My heart goes out to Garretts family as well. I can't even imagine losing a child this way! The world's just like the Bible said it would be in the last days." Critical times hard to deal with, Men will be lovers of themselves & money, disobedient to parents, unthankful, disloyal, HAVING NO NATURAL AFFECTION, no self-control, fierce, WITHOUT LOVE OF GOODNESS, betrayers, lovers of pleasures rather than lovers of God." (2 Timothy 3:1-4). It's so sad to see these things EVERYWHERE around us! Daniel 2:44 says "God will set up a kingdom that will never be brought to ruin, and it will crush and PUT AN END to all these kingdoms, and it itself will stand to times indefinite." The good part is at Psalms 37: 10&11 it says " JUST A LITTLE WHILE LONGER, AND THE WICKED ONE WILL BE NO MORE, the meek ones themselves will possess the earth, and they will find their exquisite delight IN THE ABUNDANCE OF PEACE. " That is something we can all look forward too!!! I hope that Garrett's family can take a little comfort in knowing that they will get to be with him again!! John 5:28 & 29 says" Do not marvel at this ,the hour is coming when ALL those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out, those who did good to a resurection OF LIFE, those who practiced vile to one of judgment". This family is enduring so much!! I eagerly look forward to the day when Jehovah God resurects all those that are sleeping in death!! And look forward to the day when Garrett will live again!!!
John Cosgrove May 17, 2011 at 12:04 PM
Ray brown, What a senseless fool you are. Three low-rent scum bags murder a kid who made a poor decision and so say he deserved a " bullet in the eye" NICE...now get out of bed and get your GED..watch judge joe brown, see how your relatives are doing..and call your dad, if you even know who he is and tell him what a jack-off his son is
m black May 17, 2011 at 02:14 PM
If they would make the punishments fit the crimes I'm sure some of these useless IDIOTS and THUGS may think twice. I think they should get what they gave (death) by the Family from whom they robbed of their son. Call it eye for an eye but nothing else seems to work or even phaze these punks. Put them in prison then we have to pay for them out of our pockets and they are worse when they get out. EYE FOR AN EYE!
Sarah Pukelin & Rush Limpball May 17, 2011 at 10:10 PM
Your a RETARD! god obviously did not help this white boy thats why he died, you retard!
Sarah Pukelin & Rush Limpball May 17, 2011 at 10:14 PM
Are all the teabaggers willing to tax the rich to pay for the military? How is the United States going to pay for all this?
ray brown May 17, 2011 at 11:09 PM
John Cosgrove you are what they call poor stupid white trailer park trash. Lean how to read and stop molesting your sister. I never said the boy disserves a bullet. I said, racists- shi!-for-brains, like you should have been aborted and should be shot for taking up space.
yeahok May 18, 2011 at 04:24 AM
3 black kids? oh gee what a surprise. remember, stereotypes are around for a reason.
John Cosgrove May 18, 2011 at 06:01 PM
Ray Brown / Black.. I live in the most diverse city in the world NYC, and see thugging and bugging all around..Got nothing to do with Racism...NOTHING.It's so easy to look up crime stats... simple crime stats that you cant deny ( but im sure you will... Get your head out of the sand, and maybe try to find a way to fix this problem, rather than deny it exists. Sure there are bad people of every color and creed....White trash my ass.. Blacks make up only 12% of the us Population.. yet commit 50% of violent crimes..( hispanics 23%) That means Blacks commit henious crimes at a rate of 7-1 of whites Something youve never read. " Pack of Marauding white-yuppies accused of beating a 90 yr old Black ladyand robbing her of $3.25 cents!! .Raping a 14 yr old Black girl on the way home from school, A white bouncer beating a Black 17 yr old co-ed because she turned him down, or how about this one a jewish house keeper killing her black employees of 20 yrs because she was caught stealing her jewlry.. and this one a white gang killing a chinese imigarnt after he delived food ... I'll spell it out you dang fool.. Replace black in all the white spaces and all of this has happened in every major city in the past 30 days....
kcb May 19, 2011 at 07:05 PM
Garrett was one of the first people that my son connected with when we moved here seven years ago after the death of his father, my high school sweetheart and my husband of 35 years, so my son and I are no strangers to death, but Garrett's death took us to our knees in grief. Not Garret, please, not Garrett. I am trying to understand because I need to know what I can do to help our society be better. Garrett made it better. We need to emulate him. I have Garrett very much alive in my mind having conversations with my son and him in our kitchen; we laughed and spoke about cars, family and goofy things; his inner joy and his love of people were shown in his eyes. In his world, nobody would have a gun or want to harm anyone. He would not have put himself or his gf in danger; he simply did not know about the bad things that people do. He was 18 - just starting to know the outside world. Make this a better place by showing love, being goofy and being kind - just like our Garrett.
ray brown May 19, 2011 at 09:35 PM
People don't be fooled by racists and their crazy talk about stats. Hey, the only major weird sick crime that happened on this Craiglist site was a white boy going around killing women for thrills. That's what they do. They do sick crazy evil things just for thrills. Just check out any major site. Another white crazy person killing people just for the heck of it. Whites are the most cruel and vicious killers in the world. Don't let them fool you.
julie May 27, 2011 at 04:37 AM
Oh well, you PLAY, you PAY! I pray for all the innocent victim and their families/friends, as well as for all the young criminals who don't realize the consequences until after the fact and/or the damage is done.
Dennis July 07, 2011 at 11:50 PM
These kids that killed him need to spend at least life in prison - if not the death penalty. It needs to be considered a very serious crime when you use a gun - we need to impress on youth that when you take a gun or another weapon with you to commit a crime, you are taking the huge chance that this weapon will be used to kill or maim someone, and you will be responsible for the outcome!
jhonte November 01, 2011 at 05:26 PM
its crazy because you people sit on your computer and gossip about shit that has nothing to do with you MIND your fukn buissnes and let the police officers do wat the fck they gotta do . and worry about what you have to do with your life and stop worrying about waat the fck everyone else is doeen shit !
jhonte November 01, 2011 at 05:29 PM
bieetch its been a race issues since the world has fukn started you white people are always trying to bring black people down why ? because were better than you races Muhfkas we must be doing something right for you white trailer trash pigs to always try to bring us down but we always find the strength to get back Up
jhonte November 01, 2011 at 05:32 PM
no bietch are world is like this because people like you dont know how to mind your damn buissness and stop worrying bout what the fck every1 elese is doen & get yo BIG nose ass some buisness !
jhonte November 01, 2011 at 09:08 PM
Bietch your rascist & your gonna go to Hell and burn for Life for saying some of the things you said may god be with you & your family cos yur a craazzzzy Bietch and need some help people die every fukkn day sheesh bietch get the fck over it you people erk me cos you only do it cos he was white and black peope did it !
jhonte November 01, 2011 at 09:08 PM
Bietch your rascist & your gonna go to Hell and burn for Life for saying some of the things you said may god be with you & your family cos yur a craazzzzy Bietch and need some help people die every fukkn day sheesh bietch get the fck over it you people erk me cos you only do it cos he was white and black peope did it !
david sweeney November 26, 2011 at 01:23 PM
Rashon Abernathy, Seandell Jones and Shaquille Jordan.......that's all I needed to read
John Cosgrove November 26, 2011 at 03:45 PM
Since people are being called racists here because of how they feel lets see...do the facts of whose in jail lie??? The incarceration rate in state or federal prison or jail for men was 1,384 per 100,000 residents, for women 134 per 100,000 residents. The rate for white men was 736 per 100,000, for black men 4,789 per 100,000, for Hispanic men 1,862 per 100,000. The rate for white women was 94 per 100,000, for black women 358 per 100,000, and for Hispanic women 152 per 100,000. Source: Sabol, William J., PhD, Minton, Todd D., and Harrison, Paige M., Bureau of Justice Statistics, Prison and Jail Inmates at Midyear 2006 (Washington, DC: US Department of Justice, June 2007), NCJ217675, p. 9, Table 14. Read more: http://wiki.answers.com/Q/What_is_the_percentage_of_black_men_in_prison_than_whit
jeff asch May 17, 2012 at 04:22 AM
only in this ignorant, wimpy, inept, hypocritical, and severely lacking in common sense country would there even have to be a "maximum sentence" associated with a murder...there should be nothing but the death penalty or life in prison for murderers.....period. Only here are criminals protected instead of put away for good.
Michelle Mowad (Editor) October 24, 2012 at 04:31 AM
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Michelle Mowad (Editor) November 16, 2012 at 03:19 AM
Abernathy, Jones and Jordan were found guilty today of first degree murder, robbery and related charges. Read the full update here. http://patch.com/A-z6Y1
Dianna DeWitt January 30, 2013 at 09:48 PM
God wants us to love everyone. But he also gave us free will to do and feel as e please. He makes ever effort to put people in our life's to make us better people and to know him and his love. BUT. Free will means to love who we want, even him. It would not be true love if God made or love or forced it upon you. So you my friends determine who you love how you love and how to show that love. Where is God? He's been knocking at the hearts of many but you won't let him in and without his love people will always hate show hate and perform acts of hate.
Dianna DeWitt January 31, 2013 at 09:22 PM
Let me try this again: God wants us to love everyone. But he also gave us free will to do and feel as we please. He makes every effort to put people in our life's to make us better people and to know him and his love. BUT. Free will means to love who we want, even him. It would not be true love if God made us to love him or others. It’s not real love if it is forced upon you. So my friends you determine who you love, how you love, and how to show that love. Where is God? He's been knocking at the hearts of many but you won't let him in and without his love people will always hate, show hate, and perform acts of hate. If he controlled our behaviors than we would not be humans we would be puppets. People are who they are because that is the person and path they chose. It amazes me. The only time people mention God is when something bad happens and they need to blame him or ask where is he. People didn't care where he was before why call on him now. By the way: He's not a Genie. He likes attention to but not the kind everyone gives him. How would you like it if the only time someone acknowledged your existence is when they had a complaint or a request?
Jeff February 01, 2013 at 07:52 PM
You are correct about ONE thing ....People are who they are because that is the person and the path THEY chose...and it's also what genetics dictated at their conception. And if someone "only acknowledged my existence when they had a complaint or request" i'd at least make my "existence" KNOWN to let everyone i had a problem with it.

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