ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — On Wednesday, a teenager entered a guilty plea in connection with the April 2021 death of another teenager in Roanoke, authorities say.

The Roanoke Police Department says 16-year-old Ta’Juan M. Johnson of Roanoke pleaded guilty on Wednesday, July 13 to second-degree murder and use of a firearm in the commission of murder with regard to the deadly shooting of 16-year-old Jaquice Kearney from over a year ago.

“The loss of such a young life is difficult enough, but it is particularly more tragic when the life is taken by another young person. Thank you to everyone who worked with both diligence and compassion on such a difficult case,” the Roanoke Police Department said in a statement on Friday, July 15.

Johnson’s hearing is scheduled for a later date.

The department commends the actions of the personnel involved in the case since it began.

Police say the Roanoke City Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office and their public safety partners helped lead to the outcome of the case.

Note: This story originally said that Ta’Juan M. Johnson pleaded guilty on Friday, July 15 instead of Wednesday, July 13. It has since been corrected.