Two youngsters have been arrested in South Carolina, charged with homicide, and will likely be extradited in reference to the demise of Georgia highschool soccer star Elijah DeWitt, who was discovered shot in a mall car parking zone.
DeWitt, 18, was discovered lifeless on the bottom with gunshot wounds Wednesday night round 8:15 p.m. within the car parking zone of Sugarloaf Mills Mall in Gwinnett County, Georgia, close to a Dave & Buster’s arcade, authorities stated.
The Gwinnett County Police Division introduced Friday two teenagers from Lawrenceville, Georgia, have been arrested in South Carolina.
Kemare Bryan, 18, and Chandler Zion Richardson, 19, have been charged with felony homicide, malice homicide, aggravated assaulted and possession of a firearm through the fee of sure felonies in reference to DeWitt’s demise, police stated.
They are going to be extradited from the custody of the Anderson County Sheriff’s Workplace to Gwinnett County, police stated. As of Tuesday morning, they have been nonetheless detained in South Carolina.
The suspects have been arrested after deputies in South Carolina tracked down a white Mini Cooper at a QuikTrip fuel station alongside Freeway 76, and detectives spent hours interviewing each suspects, the Anderson County Sheriff’s Workplace stated.
Lawyer info for the pair was not instantly out there.
Any potential motive behind the capturing nonetheless stays a thriller.
Gwinnett County Police stated that it seems that the suspects and DeWitt “have been accustomed to one another.”
“Once they encountered one another within the car parking zone, an altercation came about after which the capturing,” police stated.
DeWitt was a senior at Jefferson Excessive Faculty and star vast receiver on the varsity’s soccer workforce.
The workforce stated in a tribute on social media it was “heartbroken as we mourn the lack of considered one of our personal, Elijah DeWitt.”
“The DeWitt household is in our ideas and prayers. We admire your understanding as we respect the household’s privateness throughout this time,” the assertion stated.
DeWitt’s mom Daybreak described her son as a “light large” who needed to play school soccer.
“He actually simply encompassed that dream and nothing appeared to ever stand in his manner” Daybreak DeWitt stated to NBC affiliate WXIA of Atlanta. “He liked soccer, he was prepared and prepared to do no matter it takes to go D1, that was his final purpose.”
She stated that Elijah died on his father’s birthday.
“He was so vigorous and love and he was brave,” she stated. “It actually was a privilege to be part of the journey and I actually want I may simply have it again.”