As stated by an announcement by law enforcement officials on Thursday, a 16-year-old accused of killing one teen and seriously injuring two other minors in Cahokia on Monday has been charged with murder as an adult.
Arnett Ramsey was charged on Thursday with first-degree murder and two counts of aggravated battery with a firearm in connection to the crime and his bond set at $750,000.
Traenez L. Brown Jr., 15, was killed in the shooting on Westwood Drive on Monday night. The surviving victims, ages 16 and 17, were listed in critical and very critical condition respectively and were still in a hospital on Thursday, police said.
According to St. Clair County State’s Attorney Brendan Kelly, Illinois state law automatically requires juveniles charged with those crimes to be tried as adults.
The Major Case Squad of Greater St. Louis led the investigation and credited tips from the community with assisting to identify the teen accused of the shooting who turned himself into police on Tuesday. Another suspect was also taken into custody but no other charges have been declared.
Police are as yet not clear on the intention for the shooting, Cahokia police Capt. Dennis Plew told reporters on Thursday.
The weapon, a semi-automatic rifle, has not been recovered, and police do not know how the 16-year-old got the firearm, Plew said.
Brown’s family attended also the press conference and expressed gratitude toward investigators for their work on the case.
“I am thankful that justice has been served. I’m glad that he did turn himself,” Brown’s mother, Jerreka Beck, said. “But I still got a hole in my heart because my son is gone. My baby was only 15. He didn’t deserve this.”
Beck said her son was a football player with the Centreville Tigers and was a common 15-year-old kid.
“When I say sleepless nights, that is what I have …” Beck said. “I’m still waiting for him to walk through my door.”