16-year-old charged with killing teen over $120 in weed

Elijah Rizvan, 17, shot; Benjamin Allen charged with murder


PALM COAST, Fla. – Flagler County deputies have charged a 16-year-old with first-degree murder in the shooting death of a 17-year-old over a drug deal which was set up over Snapchat.

$120 worth of marijuana.

Sheriff Rick Staly announced Sunday that Benjamin Sean Allen, 16, was arrested Sunday and charged with first-degree murder. 

After investigators spoke to a witness, Staly said, they learned Elijah Rizvan, 17, had setup a drug deal to sell $120 worth of marijuana. Rizvan was shot and killed during the deal.

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"We believe this was a planned and deliberate murder," Staly said during a news conference Sunday. "This is the second young man murdered in Palm Coast this year. Parents, get involved with your children's life. Know what they're doing on Snapchat. Know what they're doing on all the different social media that they are using."

According to Staly, deputies were able to track down a silver car that was spotted leaving the scene of the shooting using video surveillance. They located a witness using Snapchat. Investigators searched Allen's residence where they located the clothing Allen was believed to have been wearing at the time of the shooting.

During an interview, Allen admitted to being in the vehicle with three witnesses, Staly said. The investigation was ongoing and additional charges were likely, the Sheriff's Office said.

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