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FAMILY: Shooting Victim Was Friends With Murder Suspect
COLUMBUS (Jen French/Derek Drake)—Police say two teen murder suspects, arrested today in Dayton, could be connected to at least three other shootings this week.
Police are investigating whether Devonere Simmonds, 17, and Nathaniel Brunner, 18, may have been involved in the shooting death of 17-year-old Antonio “Lamont” Frazier.
Dayton Police arrested Simmonds and Brunner on July 27, 2013 after the two allegedly carjacked a Virginia man and shot him in the head in Madison County.
Frazier was shot to death early Thursday morning in the 900 block of Oakwood Avenue. His family tells ABC 6/FOX 28 that Frazier and Simmonds had been friends since they were children. Sheena Davis, Frazier’s grandmother, said he may have known something about the teens’ alleged crime spree.
“My grandson was killed because he knew too much,” Davis said.
Detectives are also investigating if Simmonds and Brunner are responsible for a double shooting on Lilley Avenue on Sunday July 21st. At this time, Columbus Police have only charged Simmonds and Brunner with the murder of 34-year-old Imran Ashgar, a convenience store clerk that was killed late in the evening on July 24.
"I want us all to pray for one another… Not just for the family of Lamont, but the families of the other victims,” Davis said at a vigil she held a few days ago, begging for her grandson’s killer(s) to come forward.