Two juveniles arrested in murder of Westwego teen

Two juveniles arrested in murder of Westwego teen

WESTWEGO, LA (WVUE) - Two teenagers are in police custody in connection with the murder of a 15-year-old Higgins High School student.

According to the Westwego Police Department, two 16-year-olds were arrested and charged with Second Degree Murder in the death of Kevin Thomas Jr. The names of the two suspects were not released because they are juveniles.

According to police, 15-year-old Thomas Jr. was shot in the back after an argument at the Tanglewood Apartment complex in the 1000 block of Sycamore Drive on Oct. 19.

Thomas Jr. was outside with three or four other people around 12:15 a.m. when gunshots broke out. Investigators say the 15-year-old appeared to be running from the scene when he was shot several times in the back. He managed to make it home, where he was pronounced dead.

During the investigation, detectives obtained information and evidence which led to naming the two juveniles as suspects in Thomas Jr.'s murder. Westwego police, along with the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office, attempted to locate the two suspects at their residences in Terrytown and Gretna Friday night, but neither suspect was there.

Westwego police later located the first suspect around 2:30 a.m. on Saturday morning at his mother's residence in Kenner. Later that day, the second juvenile suspect turned himself in to the Jefferson Parish Juvenile Assessment Center. Both juveniles are charged with Second Degree Murder.

Police are unsure of the motive, but say narcotics may be involved. Officers found marijuana on the victim and in his room. They also found a stolen firearm in the victim's room.

The investigation is ongoing. Police say they will continue to follow up on any additional information on anyone else who may have been involved in the incident. Anyone with information is asked to call the police department at 504-341-5428 or Crimestoppers at 504-822-1111.

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