Man accused of killing 13-year-old boy appears in court

Nicholas White. WAVY News 10.

ACCOMACK COUNTY, Va. (WAVY) — The man accused of killing a 13-year-old Accomack County boy was in court Monday.

Nicholas White, 23, was charged Friday in the death of Breonya Collins.

According to Sheriff Todd Godwin, deputies were called out to a home on Keller Pond Road Saturday. When they got there they found Collins suffering from a gunshot wound. He was rushed to Riverside Shore Memorial Hospital, but a short time later died.

“The whole thing is not right,” said Collins’ Uncle Keena Davis. “It is not right at all. I just want to know why a grown man would take a 13-year-old baby’s life? That’s what I can’t get my mind wrapped around, is why did you take his life from us?”

Accomack County deputies say Collins got into an argument with a 23-year-old family friend. WAVY was told heated words turned into the sound of gun fire. Sheriff Todd Godwin says his office knows what the argument was about but that information won’t be released.

“The pain is unbearable,” Davis added. “I thought I would never go through anything like this.”

White didn’t say anything on his way in and out of court. He will have a preliminary hearing December 14.

“He is going to be missed by everybody,” Davis said about his nephew. “He will be missed by all.”

Collins was a 7th grader at Nandua Middle School. Monday a crisis team was at the school to work with students and staff members acquainted with Collins.

Superintendent Kregg Cuellar issued the following statement in regards to Collins’ death:

Our school system is a family, and nothing is more important than family. To lose a member of that family in such a tragic way brings grief beyond words. Our hearts and prayers are with his family at this time.

White was charged with second degree murder and use of a firearm in the commission of a murder. He is being held in the Accomack County Jail without bond.

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