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Friends charged with second degree murder after deadly joyride

BOYNTON BEACH, FL (WFLX) - Two teenagers are expected to face a Palm Beach County judge Wednesday -- charged with second degree murder.

Update, WED 8 AM: Deputies say the teens were in Boynton Beach Tuesday, looking for people to rob, when one of them accidentally shot and killed their 15-year-old friend.

Investigators say the teens, ages 14 and 16, were with their 15-year-old friend, Gian Davis, when they stole a car in Coconut Creek, drove it to an apartment complex in Boynton Beach, and were looking for people to rob.

That's when, deputies say, one of them accidentally shot the gun, hitting Davis through the seat and in the back. Davis died from his injuries.

We'll be in court to let you know if the teens make their way in front of the judge.

Previously: A joy ride through Boynton Beach ends with a deadly shooting. Two teenagers are in custody after, deputies say, one of them is accused of accidentally shooting and killing his friend.

Three teens, ages 14, 15 and 16 driving in a stolen BMW, were allegedly casing a neighborhood on Boynton Beach Boulevard just west of Military Trail.

Investigators say they were looking for victims when one of the boys became a victim himself.

One teen was playing with a handgun in the backseat. "Racking or fooling around with the firearm, and the gun went off, protruded through the drivers backseat, into the driver, killing the driver," said Eric Davis, Palm Beach Sheriff's Office.

Their robbery plans foiled. Deputies say the boys tried to run and carrying their wounded friend to the front of the Heron Pointe apartment complex. That's where they called 9-1-1, and tried to tell police they were victims of a robbery.

Deputies say it was clearly a lie. "They came here to do a crime, and one paid the ultimate price for it," Davis said.

Fifteen-year-old Gian Davis of Coral Gables died at the hospital.

Neighbors watched as the BMW was hauled away -- stunned to know they were potential targets. "I just want to have my family protected. It's scary; I'm shaking right now," said neighbor Matthew Piambino.

"There is a lesson to be learned in this," added neighbor Keith Shefer. "It's sad that he's dead, but, on the other hand, he shouldn't have been up to no good."

Late Tuesday afternoon, deputies were at the scene searching through scrubs for evidence.

According to a Facebook page, called 'In Memory of Gian Davis', there will be a memorial service Friday night in front of the apartment complex where the incident ended.

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