Three Jackson, Mississippi teenagers are facing capital murder charges in the carjack shooting of a young boy, who was set to graduate from kindergarten mere hours after he was slain in the backseat of his mother's stolen vehicle.
Suspects Byron McBride, 19, D’Allen Washington, 17, and Dwan Wakefield, 17, were seen on surveillance video driving up to a Toyota Camry in a grocery store parking lot around 1 a.m. Thursday morning. One of the teens jumped into the Camry and drove off.
Ebony Archie, the mother of 6-year-old Kingston Frazier, had left the Camry's engine running and Frazier asleep inside, according to The NY Daily News.
Frazier's family initially believed he had survived the carjacking after his father posted a message on Facebook, saying he was alive in Greenwood, a couple hours north of Jackson, The Clarion-Ledger reported.
But about a half hour later, police notified the family that Frazier was dead: Around 9:30 a.m., the Camry had been found in a muddy ditch on a dead-end road, with the boy's lifeless body in the backseat.
A motive in the boy's death is unknown, according to Madison-Rankin District Attorney Michael Guest.
"Other than it just being somebody being mean and evil and cruel, I’m not seeing a motive begin developed as to why these individuals would have killed this child," Guest told The Clarion-Ledger. "That’s probably something we’ll never get. We’ll probably never learn a motive as to why this occurred."
Velma Eddington, Frazier's great-aunt, called the three suspects "evil."
“That baby hadn’t done anything to him. That baby hadn’t done nothing. They could have left that child on that backseat, asleep. They didn’t have to kill him," she said. "Those people are evil. Evil ... it’s evil what they did."
Authorities have identified McBride as the shooter. He was taken into custody and escorted to the Madison County Sheriff's Department by the U.S. Marshal late Thursday.
Wakefield, a senior at Ridgeland High School who was the school's starting quarterback until he was dismissed from the football team last year, was taken into custody early Thursday.
Washington had turned himself into the Hinds County Sheriff's Department Thursday afternoon.
All three suspects will be tried as adults, per Mississippi law, and could face the death penalty. They will appear in court Monday.