• Suspect in college student's murder appears in court

    By: Jeremy Pierre


    The teen accused of killing 18-year-old Kiara Tatum on New Year’s Day faced a judge for a detention hearing Tuesday afternoon.

    In that hearing, FOX13 learned more about the case and what happened.

    17-year-old Jaylen Clayton is charged in the shooting.

    The family of Kiara Tatum told FOX13 it saddens them that two families will never be the same as a result of this shooting.

    Kiara Tatum's mother, sister, and aunt told us forgiving the 17-year-old suspect will not happen overnight because the loss of Kiara is still too fresh.

    Tears from the mother and sister of Kiara Tatum were hard to hold back two days after her life was taken on New Year's Day.

    Police say Clayton was identified by a witness as the shooter who killed 18-year-old Kiara Tatum on Sunday.

    Alexis Tatum told us it comes as no surprise the accused shooter is a teen.

    "Guns don't have an age on them so I'm not shocked about it being a 17-year-old," said Tatum.

    A prosecutor also explained in court how Clayton was found in a home where two handguns were located.

    The prosecutor over the case also told us that Clayton gave police a written admission to pointing a gun and firing one shot along with another suspect.

    "It's going to be hard for me to forgive. I know the lord say you got to forgive but right now I can't," said Kiara’s mother, Latoya Tatum.

    We have asked police if they are looking for another suspect in this case only telling us investigators are still investigating and more charges may be possible.

    Jaylen Clayton's mother and stepfather were both in juvenile court for the detention hearing, they declined to give us a comment.

    Kiara's aunt, Eboni Simmons, told FOX13 even after receiving justice, closure is something they may never get.

    "You never receive closure because she's gone. She is irreplaceable. That's just like asking a person when they are going to use their arm again after it has been cut off," said Simmons.

    Jaylen Clayton's attorney's request for him to be released from custody and be placed under home monitoring with his mother was denied.

    Currently Clayton is facing one count of first degree murder and five counts of attempted first degree murder.

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