Teen suspect used stolen gun in West Ashley double homicide, police say

Rev. Kylon Middleton implores Charleston community to work together to stop gun violence at press conference for arrest of suspect in murder of West Ashley teens, July 18 (WCIV)

Charleston Police say they've arrested a 17-year-old suspect in the case of two boys shot to death outside a West Ashley apartment complex Sunday night.

The suspect, Zamere Raeguel Treawn Brown, was taken into custody Wednesday morning, according to police, charged with murder and possession of a weapon during a violent crime.

Police believe Brown shot Talekuz Williams, 15, and Juquel Young, 17, with a stolen gun Sunday night at an outdoor basketball court near the Ashley Oaks Apartments.

The teens and several others had been hanging out together at the basketball court at the time of the shooting, according to Charleston Police Chief Luther Reynolds.

Reynolds says Brown, Williams and Young had all been classmates at West Ashley High School at one point.

At the time of the shooting, Brown was out of jail on bond for a May arrest on charges of possession of a stolen pistol and breaking into motor vehicles, Charleston County court records show.

Brown is only charged with Williams' murder, not the death of both boys, police say. The investigation into the case is ongoing.

Anti-violence activists speaking at a Wednesday press conference say Williams was the second child in his family to be killed in gun violence.

Brown is expected to appear for an initial bond hearing Thursday at 2 p.m.

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