3 charged in connection with 14-year-old’s murder in Raleigh

Wake County News

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) — Three people have been arrested and charged in connection with the shooting death of a 14-year-old boy in Raleigh nearly a month ago.

Kenyon Rashan Tuck, 23, and Alexis Nikol McCullough, 20, were both charged Thursday morning. Tuck is charged with murder and McCullough is facing a charge for accessory after the fact in the death of Jamahri Lucas on March 21.

Raleigh police then announced Thursday night that Dakwon Desha Covington, 22, was arrested and charged with murder. He is being held at the Wake County Detention Center. 

Police responded to a shooting in the 900 block of Sawpit Road off Milburnie Road around 11:30 p.m.

The father of the victim came up to a CBS 17 crew at the scene the next morning and told them it was his son who was shot and killed. He said that the shooting was a drive-by.

According to authorities, shots were fired into the building on Sawpit Drive. Upon arrival, police could not locate a victim or witnesses. When officers circulated the complex, they located Lucas, who was suffering from a gunshot wound.

Lucas was transported to WakeMed where he was declared dead.

The boy’s grandmother, who did not want to be identified, told CBS 17 that the family is unsure why Lucas was even at the apartment complex because he lives with his mother in Garner. She said she’s unsure what the connection was between the apartments and her grandson, but the family believed he had recently been caught up with the wrong crowd.

“Of course I think he got caught up with some of the wrong folks. If you live all the way in Garner, what you doing up here at nighttime?” she asked. “Somebody must have said, ‘Come on let’s go,’ and you’re willing to go.”

She said that the teen’s mother had tried getting him out of the area in order to keep him from getting caught up with the wrong people.

“As he got a little older – got out of hand and his mother has been trying to put him in a place a good while back so he wouldn’t get into trouble out here and follow the people, the wrong crowd, and that’s probably what got him in trouble last night,” she said.

Lucas’ grandmother had a warning to other families with kids.

“Try to get a hold of your kids while they’re young,” she said. “Parents, grandparents, try to show them the way. Get some help for them ahead of time keep, them busy.”

Police released a surveillance photo of a dark-colored, mid-size sedan that they are looking at as a vehicle of interest in connection with the shooting.

Other than the vehicle, police had no other suspect information in the immediate aftermath of the shooting.

A 911 call was made by a neighbor whose building was struck by gunfire.

The caller said they heard around 10 shots.

“I’m looking outside right now and I see nothing. Not a car, not a person,” the caller said.

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