Two Louisville teens charged in deadly drive-by bus stop shooting of a teen: cops


Dec. 10 2021, Published 3:41 p.m. ET

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Two teens have been charged in connection to the murder of a high school student who was shot and killed at a bus stop in September.

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Limited information is being released about the suspects because of their ages, but police say they are both 16-year-olds and also students at Jefferson County Public Schools, WDRB reported.

Each suspect faces multiple charges, including complicity to murder, complicity to first-degree assault and complicity to second-degree assault, according to WDRB.

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Tyree “Ty” Smith was killed in a drive-by shooting the morning of Sept. 22, and two other students—a 13-year-old boy and a 14-year-old girl—were injured, WDRB reported.

They were all at a school bus stop at the corner of Dr. W.J. Hodge and West Chestnut streets in Louisville, Kentucky, waiting to catch a bus for Eastern High School, according to WDRB.

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At a news conference announcing the arrest, police mentioned several times the investigation is not complete and said more arrests are possible, WDRB reported.

"When I say this case is an ongoing investigation, this case will be being investigated until the trial is over,” said Louisville Metro Police Department Det. Donny Burbrink, according to WDRB. “We're not going to say that we have everybody. We're not going to say that we don't have everybody because it's still going on. We're still going to chase down every lead. We're still going to talk to everybody we can talk to.”

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"Tyree was waiting at a bus stop, which should be a sacred space in our community—where there should be every expectation of safety and security,” said Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer, WDRB reported.

Police Chief Erika Shields called the case “truly horrific” and told Smith's family she hopes the arrest gives them “a morsel of relief,” according to WDRB.

“Tyree was an all-star student, and he was doing everything we ask of kids,” she said, according to WDRB. “And he was murdered standing and waiting on his school bus. We should not be standing here today, and we simply must do better as a community.”


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