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Third suspect in Tyshawn Lee’s murder arrested downstate

Kevin Edwards | Chicago Police

The third man wanted in connection with the fatal shooting of 9-year-old Tyshawn Lee was arrested in downstate Danville over the weekend.

Kevin Edwards, 22, was stopped for a traffic violation Saturday night and arrested for resisting arrest and obstructing a peace officer, according to the Vermilion County sheriff’s office.

He was being held at the jail in Danville Monday morning and had been questioned by Chicago Police detectives, sheriff’s officers said.

Chicago Police are coordinating with the sheriff’s office to get Edwards back to Chicago to answer for his involvement in the murder of nine-year-old Tyshawn Lee, department spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said.

“Mr. Edwards, and his associates Dwright Boone-Doty and Corey Morgan committed one of the most reprehensible acts of violence in recent history by luring and executing Tyshawn Lee. We are hopeful this provides some level of solace to the family and now CPD will work with our prosecutorial partners to ensure we build the strongest case possible to hold them accountable,” Guglielmi said.

A first-degree murder warrant has been out for Edwards’ arrest since about four weeks after Tyshawn’s slaying on Nov. 2, 2015, police said previously.

Boone-Doty, 22; and Morgan, 27, have already been charged with the murder and remain held without bond.

Authorities have said Tyshawn was lured into an alley in Auburn Gresham’s 8000 block of South Damen and killed execution-style. Boone-Doty offered to take the boy to a store for candy and walked him down the alley before shooting him repeatedly at close range, Cook County prosecutors allege.

Police have said Tyshawn was killed in retaliation for the Oct. 13 murder of Corey Morgan’s brother Tracey Morgan, 25, after he left a police-sponsored meeting of parolees whose goal was to resolve gang conflicts in the area.

Police have not detailed Edwards’ alleged involvement in the killing.

Tyshawn Lee was lured into an alley and executed as retaliation in a gang war, police say.  |  Photo provided by Karla Lee
Tyshawn Lee was lured into an alley and executed as retaliation in a gang war, police say. | Photo provided by Karla Lee