The last of three suspects in the fatal shooting of 9-year-old Tyshawn Lee has been arrested in downstate Vermilion County following a traffic stop and a brief chase, officials said Monday.
Kevin Edwards, 23, was taken into custody around 6:30 p.m. Saturday in Danville, according to the Vermilion County sheriff’s office. He was a passenger in a car that was stopped by a deputy sheriff, the office said. He ran off but was arrested about a block away, it said.
He initially gave a false name “but gave his true identity after arriving at the Vermilion County Jail,” said Capt. Michael Hartshorn, chief investigator for the sheriff’s office.
Edwards has been charged in the Nov. 2 execution-style slaying of Tyshawn along with charges against Dwright Boone-Doty, 22, and Corey Morgan, 27. Police have said Tyshawn was targeted because of his father’s gang ties and a recent series of shootings between two rival gangs in the Auburn Gresham community.
Chicago police said it was in contact with the office. “We are coordinating with the sheriff to bring him back to Chicago,” said Anthony Guglielmi, the chief spokesman for Chicago police, in an email.
Boone-Doty and Morgan have been in custody since since November, but Edwards remained at large. His sister had urged him to surrender but said she doubted her brother was involved.
“Because, you know, he’s got little brothers, too, see. You know what I’m saying?” Walker said during a brief interview with the Tribune last year. “I think he might’ve just been around or been with the person that did it. But I don’t think he did it.”
Tyshawn, a fourth-grader at Joplin Elementary School, was walking to his grandmother’s house shortly after 4 p.m when police said he was lured to the alley in the 8000 block of South Damen Avenue and shot repeatedly. A basketball that he always carried with him was found nearby.
Law enforcement sources have told the Tribune that the shooting stemmed from a bloody conflict involving rival factions of two of Chicago’s oldest gangs — the Gangster Disciples and the Black P Stones.
Police believe the Terror Dome faction of the Black P Stones targeted the child because his father, a convicted felon, reputedly belongs to the Gangster Disciples’ Killa Ward faction.