‘A grown man killed a child and nobody cares,’ says sister of Black boy, 13, shot by a white man in

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“A grown man killed a child and nobody cares … We want to know why he’s free,” said Sinzae’s sister, Makayla Nichols.


It’s not getting any type of viral/media coverage but we have to get justice for Sinzae Reed. A 13 year old kid killed in Ohio by Krieg Butler – who was as freed a week later!

Butler illegally had a gun and wasn’t even charged for THAT. We have to make sure justice is served! pic.twitter.com/0jBlA28YCk

— big cozy (@artfulkash) December 28, 2022

In October, Detective Keith O’Conner reported that Butler and his mother made “a claim of self-defense.”  

Nichols says, “Sinzae’s not a bad kid at all … How was a grown man scared of him? He did not deserve to die.”

Megan Reed, Sinzae’s mother, told The North Carolina Beat in a recent interview, “It has been almost three months, and I haven’t spoken to anybody about this investigation … I haven’t even spoken to the detective. They are all on his side, Kreig is a white man, and the detective is a white man too.”

According to The Beat, the 13-year-old told his mother he wasn’t feeling well. He went into his room and after a few minutes returned to the kitchen, where the two began chatting. The teen then went back to his room, Megan Reed says. 

The next thing she knew, Reed heard a knock on her door and a neighbor told her that her son had been shot.

“I didn’t even know he had went outside,” she said. She ran to her son, and everyone began telling her that Butler was the person who’d killed him.

“Soon as I got over there, everybody was like, ‘Kreig did this, Kreig did this,’” Megan said. She adds that witnesses told her Butler shot her son multiple times.

Butler fled the scene and was arrested the next day, The Dispatch reports.

A local Columbus activist says Butler should have been, at the very least, charged with illegally possessing a handgun.

According to a press release from Franklin County Prosecuting Attorney Gary Tyack’s office, it’s “standard practice” for the municipal court to drop felony cases, and the case remains under review to decide if it will be moved up to the grand jury for indictment.  

“My little brother was 13, and they let his killer out five days later,” Nichols shouted during a recent protest. “A baby is gone.”

The case has caught the attention of such prominent figures as Bernice King, daughter of the late civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.; and Qasim Rashid, a human rights lawyer and host of The Qasim Rashid Show on Sirius XM. 


On Oct 12 multiple people saw 36-year-old Krieg Butler—a white man—shoot & kill Sinzae Reed, a 13-year-old Black boy. Butler then drove off. Cops arrested Butler the next day & a week later dropped all charges.

3 months later he’s still free.

WHY??? pic.twitter.com/nzgdIgpb29

— Qasim Rashid, Esq. (@QasimRashid) December 30, 2022

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