Chicago police arrested a 23-year-old suspect for the murder of the nine-year-old boy , Tyshawn Lee, that occurred last year.
The suspect, Kevin Edwards, has been searched for first-degree murder since November of 2015. Authorities arrested Edwards on Danville Illinois after he ran from a car that was pulled over for a traffic violation.
It is believed that Edwards, along with two other suspects committed the murder due to gang ties with the child’s father. Investigations on the suspects remain ongoing.
Another suspect in custody
On Saturday, May 14 a traffic routine stop was made at the south of Chicago by a deputy, who was investigating a violation in a nearby neighborhood. Kevin Edwards was a backseat passenger in the car.
Capt. Michael Hartshorn from the Vermilion County Sheriff’s Department explained to the Washington Post, that the subject jumped out of the vehicle and ran away from police officers but was arrested a block away.
According to declarations from the Sheriff’s department, the suspect used a fake identity when identifying with police officers, but later on declared his real name while in jail.
Edwards joins Dwight Boone-Doty and Corey Morgan the two other suspects that have been in jail since November for the murder of Tyshawn Lee, both males are still in their twenty’s.
First-degree murder of an infant
Tyshawn Lee, a fourth grader, was murdered in March 2015 in an alleged execution, said authorities managing the case.
The body of the nine-year-old was found in a Chicago alley shot multiple times in the torso are of his body. Authorities found the body after an emergency call was issued by a nearby neighbor and witness of the event.
According to declarations from a Chicago Police spokeswoman, the witness heard the gunfire and was able to see three male suspects gathering in the close alley with fire weapons.
The murder shocked the city both authorities and civilians were seeking for responses on the matter, an $11,000 award was first issued for information on the murder.
Further investigations showed that suspect Boone-Doty manipulated the child into the alley and away from a basketball court he was playing to go into a store and buy “anything he wanted”.
On a press conference Anita Alvarez, Cook County’s State’s Attorney, assured that the suspect was facing the child when he pulled the trigger, further investigations showed that Doty’s first intention was to torture the child before killing him.
So far the intentions of the crime remain unclear, although rumors and declarations of police officers lead to the child’s parent Pierre Strokes, who is believed to be a member of a rival gang in the city.
Strokes have also been charged with weapons charge for shooting three people related to suspect Corey Morgan, the victims survived the shooting.
It is yet to be seen if Edwards will issue a plea for the charges against him.
Source: Washington Post