Three Mississippi men will be charged with capital murder in the carjack slaying of a 6-year-old boy, who was set to graduate from kindergarten just hours after he was killed.
Kingston Frazier was shot at least once in the back seat of his mother's stolen car, which cops say was abandoned in a muddy ditch about 15 miles north of where he was taken.
The boy had gone missing after 1 a.m. Thursday morning when a man was seen on video taking the car from the parking lot of a supermarket in Jackson.
The missing Toyota Camry with his body was found nine hours later beside a dead-end road in the northern suburb of Gluckstadt.
Ebony Archie had left her son in the car, with its engine running, while she went inside a supermarket. The heartbroken mother had to be carried by family members after she learned the news of her son's death.
"A 6-year-old is gone," Kingston’s cousin Kolby Irby said. "His mother has to deal with this. That's her baby."
The family had initially been led to believe that Kingston had survived the carjacking after the boy's father had posted on Facebook that he was found alive in Greenwood, according to the Clarion-Ledger. However, family members would soon get the news that Kingston was gone.
"Everyone that was praying for us, that we would find Kingston alive, we want to thank everybody for that, but this is, really, this is, it’s hard to know that people out there are evil, that would kill a child. That’s evil," great-aunt Velma Eddington told the Clarion-Ledger.
"That baby hadn’t done anything to him. That baby hadn’t done nothing. They could have left that child on that backseat, asleep. They didn’t have to kill him. Those people are evil. Evil. They need to find that other one before we find him ... it’s evil what they did."
The governor of Mississippi also expressed his outrage in a statement later Thursday.
"There are no words to express the anger and sadness over the loss of Kingston Frazier," Gov. Phil Bryant said. "The innocence and life of a six-year-old child have been taken by a horrific crime. It is time this senseless violence end. We can all pray that God will assuage the pain of Kingston's family and friends, while we hold the guilty accountable."
Video from the scene and a witness helped identify suspects Byron McBride, D’Allen Washington and Dwan Wakefield. Washington and Wakefield are both 17, and McBride is 19.
In the state of Mississippi, 17-year-olds accused of capital murder are tried as adults. The three are expected to make initial court appearances on Monday.
Wakefield was a quarterback last year at a high school in Madison County, county Superintendent Ronnie McGehee told The Clarion-Ledger. Wakefield had been dismissed from the team, the official said.
Kingston was set to graduate from kindergarten later Thursday.
"He just liked to have a lot of fun," uncle David Archie told the Clarion-Ledger. "He was dedicated to his uncles, to his aunties and anytime he saw any of them he would take off running to them, no matter where. If he was at my house or one of the other uncle’s or aunt’s house, he doesn’t want to go home with mom because he knows that we’re going to baby him and we’re going to have fun.
"Since the day he was able to talk he was like that," he continued. "Just a great, great, 6-year-old who we just can’t imagine that something like this would happen, that people would have in their heart to do that to a 6-year-old. Even if I was mad at the world, I couldn’t do this to a 6-year-old. To me, it’s hatred. There is nothing out there worth taking a 6-year-old’s life."
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