AJ Hoover was your typical 16-year-old, a student at Shadow Mountain High School in Phoenix.

“He was into sports,” Phoenix Police Sgt. Derek Elmore said. “Basketball, baseball, boxing, skateboarding, soccer, track and liked to go hiking. Just your typical kid doing high school kid stuff.”

AJ’s mom died a few years ago and his dad was raising him and his four sisters. AJ planned to join the Navy when he graduated because he wanted to travel the world. Those dreams ended with the pull of a trigger.

AJ Hoover was your typical 16-year-old, a student at Shadow Mountain High School in Phoenix.

“He was into sports,” Phoenix Police Sgt. Derek Elmore said. “Basketball, baseball, boxing, skateboarding, soccer, track and liked to go hiking. Just your typical kid doing high school kid stuff.”

AJ’s mom died a few years ago and his dad was raising him and his four sisters. AJ planned to join the Navy when he graduated because he wanted to travel the world. Those dreams ended with the pull of a trigger.

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April 20, 2015

AJ Hoover was your typical 16-year-old, a student at Shadow Mountain High School in Phoenix.

“He was into sports,” Phoenix Police Sgt. Derek Elmore said. “Basketball, baseball, boxing, skateboarding, soccer, track and liked to go hiking. Just your typical kid doing high school kid stuff.”

AJ’s mom died a few years ago and his dad was raising him and his four sisters. AJ planned to join the Navy when he graduated because he wanted to travel the world. Those dreams ended with the pull of a trigger.

It was Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015, at about 6:30 p.m. AJ and some of his friends were at a house near 24th Street and Cactus Road when a gun was fired and AJ was killed.

“There were other people present at the time and detectives need more information about what happened inside that home,” Elmore said.

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It seems like we haven’t been hearing about as many oxycodone and Oxycontin robberies lately but they’re still happening. This one occurred just before noon on Monday, March 30, 2015.

“The suspect entered the Melrose Pharmacy near Seventh Avenue and Indian School,” Elmore said.

He presented a note that basically said to give him the drugs or he’d shoot. He got the drugs and took off.

But Elmore said the key to solving this case may be the tee-shirt the suspect was wearing.

“It had pictures of three different Volkswagen buses on the front,” he said. “It’s very distinct.”

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