Teen charged in shooting death of LeMoyne-Owen College student


A 17-year-old murder suspect accused of killing a Memphis college student will appear in Shelby County Juvenile Court Tuesday afternoon, as Memphis police look for a second person involved in the crime.

Jaylen Clayton, 17, was charged in the shooting death of 18-year-old Kiara Tatum. The Lemoyne-Owen College student and recent Sheffield High School grad was shot during a drive-by shooting on New Year’s Day.

Police are looking for the second gunman described by witnesses in the Parkway Village neighborhood, a spokesperson for MPD said Tuesday.

Clayton was charged with first degree murder for Tatum’s death, attempted murder for shooting into a crowd of people, and a weapon charge for using a gun during the commission of a felony.

The shooting happened Sunday night at about 8:15 on the 3000 block of Danville Road. Tatum’s death marks the first homicide investigation for Memphis Police in 2017.

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Witnesses told police two men in a white car drove by the house and stopped about 100 feet away at the intersection of Danville Rd. and Aloha Ave. That’s when witnesses said the gunmen opened fire, putting a crowd of people in the front yard of a home in danger.

Tatum was shot, and was dead by the time emergency responders got to the scene.

Family members, friends and neighbors remembered the teen at a vigil Monday night. Her grandmother, Thelma Ellis, told FOX13 Tatum wanted to be a nurse.

>>Vigil held for slain LeMoyne-Owen College student 

“The wrong people are getting killed,” Ellis said. “Innocent people are getting killed. Somebody going to school that wanted to be a nurse, who wanted something out of life.”

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