Family of robbery suspect says he was gullible

TROTWOOD, Ohio (WDTN) – The family of Isiah Haggins, Jr. says he was influenced by some new friends and that he would never have committed a crime. Police say the 16 year old was shot to death during a robbery attempt Monday morning by the owner of the urban clothing store, Step N Style.

Maternal grandmother Carrie Gober says she does not condone his actions, but she knows he had recently developed some new friends she did not like.

“There was something about him and the other boy that did not sit well with me”, she said. “Isiah just met these guys only 3 weeks ago at the most”.

Isiah’s father, Isiah, Sr. was the last family member to speak with the teen. He called his father Monday morning. “He wanted me to take him shopping. I said, ‘where do you want to go, how much money do you need?’ He said, ‘Dad, I will call you back’.”

Isiah lived most recently with his maternal grandmother in Dayton, after living in Atlanta with his mother, Candace Talbott and then his father in Trotwood. They insist he was never in any trouble and was just a fun loving teen who was an aspiring musician and was enrolled at the Mound St. Academy – ready to start there in August.

Police say Haggins, Jr. had an accomplice with him when he tried to rob the store. They ask if you know who that person is to contact 222-7867. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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