In connection with the slaying of a teenager, three brothers have been charged with the most serious form of the crime, capital murder.
As per reports, Kyle, 17, Tyee, 18, and Sean, 23, have been arrested for the murder of 18-year-old high school senior Xavier.
Xavier was shot outside a home in the neighborhood. The police said Xavier was temporarily living at the house with friends.
Witnesses said that Xavier was in the backyard with friends when he went to the front to meet someone. After they heard a gunshot, they ran to the front yard, where Xavier was lying on the ground. He was later pronounced dead at a hospital.
Police believe that Xavier and Sean were acquaintances, and they had arranged to meet in the front yard. The brothers arrived intending to rob Xavier but shot him during the meeting.
Each brother is being held on a $200,000 bond following their arrest. The police said additional charges may follow.
Tyee and Sean have previously faced criminal charges. In 2016, Tyee was charged with assault causing bodily injury on two separate occasions. In the first assault, he was accused of punching a man, hitting him with a chain around his fist, and scratching him.
The case would not have gone on his record except for the second assault, which reinstated his sentence and earned him 10 days in jail.
He was also found guilty of having less than 2 ounces of marijuana on him and given a two-day jail sentence.
Sean faces pending charges for injuring a child earlier in the year. Court documents show that he injured a girl younger than 15 by pushing her against a hard surface, then struck and bit her.
Bryan, who is 20 years old, was given a 50-year prison sentence in June 2022 after he was found guilty of sexually abusing a child under the age of 14 over and over again. Bryan’s victim was his next-door neighbor at the time.
An aunt, Heather, said that the brother’s father died in 2003. Court documents in Bryan’s case claim their mother “left them alone often and was a drunk and a bad mom.”
“I found out [about the arrests] like everybody else—on the news,” Heather said. “All I can say is that I pray for Xavier’s family along with my own.”