Authorities in Tennessee say two men were arrested on suspicion of multiple counts — including first-degree murder — in connection to the June 2017 death of 2-year-old Laylah Washington.
As CrimeOnline previously reported, the girl was shot in the head as she rode in a car with her mother. Laylah died two days after the shooting, which was initially characterized as an apparent case of road rage.
Shortly thereafter, police released images of possible suspects in the case and conducted multiple interviews but did not make an arrest.
That changed this week, as reported by WREG. Memphis police officers arrested 21-year-old Tylan McCray and 19-year-old Brandon McCray.
The older suspect faces a murder charge among other counts while the younger, his cousin, is accused of being an accessory to murder after the fact.
The two men were allegedly in the same vehicle when Tylan McCray fired the fatal shot.
He was also in possession of nearly an ounce of pot at the time of his arrest, leading to additional criminal charges.
A police statement confirming the pending charges credited tips from the public for investigators’ ability to identify the suspects.
The arrests were made possible “through the assistance of a Crime Stoppers Tip on the one-year anniversary of the Laylah’s death and the continued efforts of our homicide investigators,” the statement revealed.
Police Major Darren Goods lamented the dearth of tips that came in over the days and weeks following the shooting.
“If there is someone out there harboring these guys, I can assure at some point, someone from the Memphis Police Department or law enforcement in this city are going to come knocking on your door,” he said at the time. “It’s exceptionally frustrating that we are not getting the assistance from the citizens.”
[Featured image: Laylah Washington, GoFundMe]