North Miami Beach police said Friday they have made one arrest in the shooting death of a 16-year old and are looking for help in identifying and arresting a second suspect.
The shooting of Anthony Delshon Holley took place at 10:28 a.m. Sunday in the area of Northeast 15th or 16th Avenue and 175th or 176th Street.
On Thursday night, city police arrested Zeke De’Jwaun Powell, 18, and charged him with first-degree murder with a firearm and conspiracy to commit first-degree murder with a deadly weapon. According to police, Powell had a prior arrest for burglary and lives near where the shooting occurred.
A second suspect was seen fleeing after the shooting.
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“[Anthony] was with two other friends who were walking and met at the alleyway where the shooting occurred,” North Miami Beach Detective Joseph Romero said. “At one point as they were walking, [Anthony] stopped to tie his shoes and as he got back up he was shot in the back of the head.”
Anthony’s mother Jada Ferrell, father Vitonia Holley and six other family members attended a news conference where the initial arrest was announced.
They showed photos of their son at different points in his life. Anthony’s parents pleaded for any information leading to the capture of the second suspect.
Anthony was a student at North Miami Beach High School, where he played basketball on the junior varsity team.
“On Sunday morning, my world came crashing down when my son’s life was taken away not just from me, but from all the people that loved him,” said a tearful Ferrell, who broke down crying as soon as she finished her statement. “I’m begging for peace and I’m pleading for justice for my son so he can rest in heaven. Please help the police department with any information you may have.”
Capt. Richard Rand said police had not discovered a motive behind the shooting, and he did not reveal details about the murder weapon.
“We’re still trying to put all the pieces together, and that’s why we are asking for the public’s help,” Rand said.
Police are asking anyone with information to contact Detective A. Daise at 305-948-2940 or 305-949-5000. Or they can provide information anonymously by calling CrimeStoppers at 305-471-8477 or 866-471-8477 or visiting www.crimestoppersmiami.com.