3 charged in murder of Raleigh 13-year-old

RALEIGH (WTVD) -- The Raleigh Police Department says it has three people in custody in the shooting death of 13-year-old Keyshawn Tyrell Gregory Friday night.

Keyshawn Gregory

He was found fatally shot inside a car at the intersection of East Jones and North State Street after 9:30 p.m.

After a follow-up investigation police said the teen was shot in the 1400 block of Beauty Avenue, about a mile from where he was found.

In a news release, police said detectives determined that words were exchanged between at least one of the three occupants of the vehicle in which Gregory was traveling and individuals on the street. Shots were then fired at the vehicle and Gregory was hit.

Malik Armein Jones, 19, has been charged with one count of murder and two counts of attempted murder. Jamal Christopher Howie, 19, and Jonathan Dejesus Chavez, 18, have each been charged with one count of accessory after the fact to murder.

Gregory was a standout on his team for the Swish City Magic Basketball League" His coach said Monday he's struggling to cope with the loss.

"We offer those opportunities to kids that basically - if you will - have one foot in the street, one foot in the gym," said Anthony Jo Brown. "I had those battles with Shawn. There's plenty of times when I'd just be like, 'Man what do you want out of life?' And he had 13-year-old dreams."

Coach Brown and the rest of Gregory's teammates are planning a vigil for this Wednesday night at 6:30 at the corner of East Jones and North State streets.

Jones was being held without bond. A capital defender will be assigned to represent him. The public defender's office is deciding who will represent Howie and Chavez.

"We hate to see it and I hate to see children being involved in situations that no one in our society should have to deal with," said Charles Caldwell, Wake County's Chief Public Defender.

Howie's facing drug charges, and arrest warrants allege that two days after the shooting Chavez broke into two different vehicles and stole thousands of dollars worth of electronics and power tools.

All three suspects are due back in court on Sept. 1.

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