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Teen fatally shoots older brother, himself after arguing over clothes

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From left: Stephen Odeus, Stanley Blanc From left: Stephen Odeus, Stanley Blanc
18-year-old Mark Blanc 18-year-old Mark Blanc
The Little Haiti apartment complex where the shooting took place. The Little Haiti apartment complex where the shooting took place.

EL PORTAL, Fla. (WSVN) -- An argument between two teenage brothers took a violent turn when, police said, one of them fatally shot the other, then took his own life, all in front of their older brother.

According to the family of 14-year-old Stephen Odeus and 16-year-old Stanley Blanc, the teens started fighting over clothes inside their apartment, located on Northeast First Avenue and 71st Street in Little Haiti, Sunday night. Their older brother, 18-year-old Mark Blanc, said he broke up his two younger siblings. "Everything cooled down for a second, but then it escalated outside," said Mark.

Outside their apartment, Stephen and Stanley resumed their altercation, at which point, Mark said, the younger brother pulled out a gun and fired a shot, fatally striking his older sibling. "I ran outside, I got to the point of where [my brothers were fighting]," said Mark. "Right before my eyes, my brother shot my other brother."

"I was an eyewitness, it happened right in my face," Mark continued. "I was less than five feet away."

The tragedy did not stop there. Shortly after witnessing Stanley's fratricide, Mark heard another gunshot. "Then I heard my second brother die cause he shot himself," he said.

Mark said he thinks his younger brother acquired the gun from a neighbor. He said he never saw Stephen with a firearm inside their home. "That's blood, you know, nobody wants to kill their own brother," he said.

Mark said his mother has not stopped crying since the shooting took place. "You never expect it to get to that point," he said. "You think it's just going to be a regular fight, you know, just the usual fight, you know, it's about something small, and then it escalates into a death. It's the world we live in."

Several makeshift memorials have popped up at the apartment complex where the shooting took place. Mark said he's grateful for the outpouring of support, but he said nothing will help him comprehend his family's tragedy. "We're brothers, you know, we've always had our ups and downs about each other some days, but at the end of the day, we always knew we were brothers," he said.

Stephen was scheduled to graduate from Horace Mann Middle School in El Portal on Tuesday.

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