Tahj Brewton,…; 3rd Suspect Arrested In Murders Of 3 Teenagers In Marion County

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Tahj Brewton,…; 3rd Suspect Arrested In Murders Of 3 Teenagers In Marion County

The third suspect has been arrested after three teenagers were fatally shot and found in various parts of Ocklawaha, a rural Marion County community, last week.

According to the Marion County Sheriff’s Office, 16-year-old Tahj Brewton was arrested on Saturday, April 8, south of Groveland, Florida. U.S. Marshals and the Lake County Sheriff’s Office located and arrested Brewton.

“We don’t need any more kids losing their lives,” Krystal Pontes, a mother who lives in the town where the three teenagers were killed said. “Or anybody, in general, to lose their lives over something like this.”

The Marion County Sheriff’s Office says Brewton was officially arrested on outstanding warrants including for carjacking with a firearm, aggravated assault, grand theft of a motor vehicle, fleeing or attempting to elude law enforcement officer and tampering with an electronic monitoring device. They say their homicide investigation is still going and that “additional charges are forthcoming.”

It comes after 16-year-old Layla Silvernail, a seventeen-year-old boy, and a sixteen-year-old girl were found shot within days of each other in a remote part of Marion County. Where Pontes lives.

“It hit literally like in our front door,” Pontes said. “It’s really heartbreaking. It’s really sad. Three young teens lost their lives for stupid things.”

Two other suspects, 17-year-old Robert Robinson and a 12-year-old were arrested earlier in the week. They made initial appearances in court Saturday facing charges of murder in the first degree premeditated and robbery with a firearm.

“It’s been rough especially when you find that one of the children that did this is only twelve and you have a twelve-year-old” Pontes said. “You’re looking at him and you’re like how could you do this?”

Robinson and the 12-year-old will remain in custody. They’re due back in court on April 19.

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