GoFund Created to Assist The Family of 15-Year Old Boy Found Dead Inside a Pasadena Area Home
A GoFundMe has been created to assist the family of the teen boy who was recently found dead inside his Pasadena area home.
The fundraiser has raised more than $1,300 as of 9:30am on Thursday, July 8. To donate or to learn more about the fundraiser, go to:
On July 6, 2021 at approximately 4:56 p.m., police found the body of 15-year old Dasan Jones, who was affectionately called "DJ" by close friends and family, at a residence on the 1400 block of Stoney Point in Rivera Beach, just outside of Pasadena. Officers immediately began rendering aid until relieved by fire department personnel, but were unsuccessful.
His remains were eventually transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner where an autopsy will be completed in order to determine the exact cause and manner of death.
Dasan's stepfather, Eric Glenn Banks, Jr., 34, of the same address, was present at the scene, became combative and tried to disarm the responding officer. That officer requested assistance, several officers responded and were able to safely take Banks into custody.
As a result of Banks' actions toward the responding officer, an arrest warrant was obtained charging him with First and Second Degree Assault, Reckless Endangerment, Disarm a Law Officer, Resist/Interfere with Arrest, and Fail to Obey a Lawful order. Eric Banks is a current member of the Baltimore Police Department.
Public records indicate Banks, who has not been charged specifically for the death of his step-son, was hired by the department in April of 2018. Baltimore Police issued a statement saying department officials are aware of the ongoing investigation involving Banks. "The officer’s police powers were previously suspended, and will remain suspended while this current case is investigated by Anne Arundel County Police Department," the statement said.
Banks was booked at the Jennifer Road Detention Center in Annapolis. A commissioner ordered him to be held without bond pending a bail-review hearing before a judge at the District Court in Annapolis.
Although authorities have not made an official identification, a source who knew the child spoke to Report Annapolis on the condition of anonymity.
"Dasan was a smart child with a bright future," the source said. "He deserved so much better."
The news about Dasan's death spread quickly among his peers. He was reportedly very well known within the Northeast High School community, although not actually enrolled at the school, the source told Report Annapolis News.
It is unclear exactly where Dasan was enrolled at the time of his tragic death.