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7th suspect charged in teen’s killing

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Authorities have arrested a seventh suspect in connection to the July killing of a teenager who was gunned down at the Speedway convenience store on Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway.

On Wednesday, Wilson police charged 18-year-old Garry De’Andre Harris of Wilson with first-degree murder and attempted armed robbery in the shooting death of 16-year-old Luis Flores-Bravo.

Harris is being held without bond in the Wilson County Detention Center.

THE SHOOTING

On July 20, police responded to a shooting call around 9:34 p.m. Luis, a student at Beddingfield High School and a Junior ROTC cadet, was found in the 1700 block of Freeman Street — not too far from his home.

He was pronounced dead at the scene.

In October, police arrested six teenagers in the case. Those charged with first-degree murder and attempted robbery are 18-year-olds Jahkil Jones, Keydrick R. Parker and Shyheim Smiles; 17-year-old Corey Williams Jr.; and 16-year-old Shaiheim R. Murray, all of Wilson. A 15-year-old was also charged with first-degree murder and attempted robbery.

Police haven’t revealed a motive or described the circumstances surrounding the killing. But Luis’ family has said the teen was an innocent bystander who would often walk to the store to buy a snack or soda and return to his Freeman Street home where he lived with his parents.

24 HOURS BEFORE

Two of the teens charged in Luis’ death, Murray and Parker, also face additional charges in an unrelated armed robbery that police say occurred the day before the teen’s killing.

On July 19, police responded to a 10:05 p.m. call to the 2200 block of Cameron Road. Police spoke with a 62-year-old man who said he was robbed by three perpetrators, one of whom was armed with a gun, according to officials.

The robbers stole the man’s personal items before stealing his car. The man wasn’t injured during the robbery, but the subjects fled the area, according to police.

The following day — July 20 — police found the man’s car abandoned in the 1700 block of Augusta Circle at 11:32 a.m., according to police.

Police ask anyone with information regarding this case to contact the Wilson Police Department at 252-399-2323 or Crime Stoppers at 252-243-2255.

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