U.S. Marshals arrested the final suspect in the execution-style murder of a 14-year-old boy who was chased and shot 18 times in Philadelphia last year.
Jahlil Williams, 23, was arrested Tuesday around 8 a.m. in Atlanta, Georgia. Williams was wanted in connection to the murder of 14-year-old Samir Jefferson. A homicide warrant for Williams was issued on Dec. 1, 2021. On Monday, Georgia State Patrol SWAT executed a search warrant at an Atlanta home where they believed Williams was staying. Williams was then arrested without incident inside the home.
Williams was transported to the Fulton County jail where he awaits extradition back to Philadelphia.
“The arrest of Jahlil Williams, the 4th perpetrator involved in this horrific shooting, demonstrates the unwavering commitment of the U.S. Marshals Service, the FBI, and the Philadelphia Police Department, to bring fugitives to justice from anywhere in the world,” Eric Gartner, U.S. Marshal for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, said Tuesday. “Our sincere hope is that this arrest will help bring some semblance of closure to the Jefferson family, and to Samir’s fellow 9th graders who were impacted by this senseless murder.”
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Williams is the fourth and final suspect arrested in Jefferson's murder.
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Garnett is also charged with receipt of stolen property and unauthorized use of automobile. Garnett had an outstanding bench warrant out of Montgomery County at the time of his arrest, officials said.
On November 29, 2021, Samir Jefferson was standing on the corner of Rising Sun and Wyoming avenues in the Feltonville neighborhood around 3:30 p.m. Monday waiting for a bus when multiple gunmen exited a vehicle, approached him and opened fire.
Samir fled as the gunmen chased him and fired at least 36 shots. The 14-year-old was shot at least 18 times throughout his body and collapsed on the sidewalk. He was taken to Temple University Hospital where he was later pronounced dead.
Samir's sister -- who asked not to be named -- told NBC10 that her family was heartbroken as her mother "lost her youngest son."
"It's really not going to be the same without my little brother because he really brung joy to our family," she said.
The gunmen fled in a vehicle. A vehicle matching that description was stopped by police at the intersection of 5th Street and Somerville Avenue.
Samir's family called for justice and the arrest of his killers.
“What did you gain except for becoming a murderer, except for taking somebody else’s child?" asked one of Samir's family members.
Despite the arrests, police have not revealed a motive in the shooting.
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