6-year-old boy killed over $60 dispute

Jonaries Holden, 6, was killed Nov. 1, 2010, after being shot in his father's vehicle / Dan Armstrong

Flint Police say a 6-year-old boy was killed over a $60 loan.

The suspect is still on the loose and he's considered armed and dangerous.

"He was a mama's boy," says Merchand Williams, mother of the victim Jonaries Holden. "My baby was innocent. He didn't bother nobody."

Police say Jonaries Holden was shot and killed by 25-year-old DaVontrae Benton.

Investigators say the 6 year old, his twin brother, and a 2 year old were riding in the back seat of the twin's father's vehicle.

The father and another woman were in the front seat.

Police say around 10 p.m. Monday, DeVontrae Benton confronted the father about a $60 loan. Then, he shot once into the vehicle.

"He was shot in the right shoulder. It went out the left side of his jaw and it shattered his jaw bone and hit his teeth. They couldn't stop him from bleeding," said the victim's mother.

Police say Benton was driving a maroon 2003 Chevrolet Impala with a license plate number of 9JXR28.

A warrant is out for his arrest including four counts of assault with intent to murder, felony firearm and open murder.

This is Flint's 55th homicide for 2010.

Police say the ones involving children are especially difficult to handle.

Police Chief Alvern Lock says, "It's terrible. I don't know what to say."

"When a child is involved, you can't help it but it to get to you," says Brett Small who is investigating the case.

Jonaries received multiple awards at Dort Elementary where he went to school. He enjoyed swimming and after-school activities.

His mom says she wants justice.

Those with information about the suspect's whereabouts are asked to call Crime Stoppers at 800-422-Jail or Flint Police at 810-237-6800.

The family has set up a memorial fund at any Citizens Bank location. Those who want to give a donation can specify that it go to the Jonaries Holden Memorial Fund.