Young Detroit man charged with murder in latest killing over stuff


  • Maxim Apryatin / Shutterstock
It has happened again in Detroit: a young man has killed another young person for a desirable and expensive item. We've seen it happen over the years with Cartier glasses. This week, it was a pair of Air Jordans.

Donte Ford, 20, was charged with murder Friday for killing Corey Harris Thomas, 17, from Grosse Pointe Woods. The two had arranged to meet up this week via Craigslist in order for Thomas to sell Ford the shoes. They linked up in the early afternoon Tuesday near Fenkell and Wyoming, between the city's Fitzgerald and Grandmont-Rosedale neighborhoods.

But instead of buying the Jordans as planned, the Wayne County Prosecutor's office says Ford got into Thomas' SUV and pulled out a gun to try to take them. Thomas had brought a 24-year-old friend along for the meeting, and that man allegedly pulled a gun as well. A tussle ensued inside the vehicle, with everyone winding up shot and the car crashing. Ford and the 24-year-old were injured and Thomas was killed. Authorities say it was Ford that that fired the deadly bullet into Thomas.

This was Ford's second planned robbery of the day, according to the prosecutor's office. He'd earlier met up with a 16-year-old in the same area to buy another pair of Air Jordans. Ford allegedly robbed that teen at gunpoint.

Ford will be arraigned on the murder charge Saturday. He's also charged with armed robbery, assault with intent to murder, and felony firearm.

We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Detroit Metro Times. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Detroit Metro Times, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at

Support Local Journalism.
Join the Detroit Metro Times Press Club

Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.

Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.

Join the Metro Times Press Club for as little as $5 a month.