MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Police have charged two teens with the death of a 17-year-old restaurant worker who was on the job taking out the trash when he was gunned down in East Memphis early Wednesday morning.
Contario Sevion was a student at Melrose High and a soon-to-be father working at Five Guys when he was killed.
A 16-year-old is charged with First Degree Murder, Criminal Attempt First Degree Murder, and Employment of a Firearm During a Dangerous Felony.
Zavon Payne, 19, is charged with Facilitation First Degree Murder.
Memphis police responded to Five Guys at 1315 Ridgeway Rd., Suite 100, about a shots fired call around 12:50 a.m. Wednesday morning.
MPD said they found the teen, identified as Sevion, shot twice. He later died from his injuries at Regional One.
Sevion’s family told FOX13 he was a student at Melrose High and a soon-to-be father.
SCS released the following statement after his death:
Shelby County Schools is aware of the tragic death of a Melrose High School student; however, we are unable to share any personal details. Grief counselors are offering support for students and staff. We share our deepest condolences with the family during this difficult time.
On Wednesday morning, Sevion’s family said investigators left key evidence at the scene of the crime.
FOX13 called MPD hours after the scene had cleared, and they returned to collect more evidence.
“The scene is unbearable to look at. It’s unbearable to look at,” one family member said.
MPD said the shooting is believed to have taken place near a dumpster while Sevion was taking out the trash during his job at the burger restaurant.
The trash bags he carried were still visible next to the dumpster.
While FOX13′s crew was at the scene, dump truck operators twice attempted to empty the dumpster where bullet holes had been marked.
The dumpster was towed nearly nine hours after the scene had cleared.
Early in the day, two teenagers were detained for questioning, one suspected of pulling the trigger.
An MPD spokesperson said the two detained were not believed to be employees of the restaurant.
They were both later charged in Sevion’s death.
Sevion’s family said they want justice quickly.
Torrence Henderson, the teen’s grandfather, said, “What coward would ambush a 17-year-old guy trying to make ends meet for his new family? Who does that? You shot up my grandson at work. I want justice. That’s all I want.”
23 children have died violently in Memphis this year, according to police.
There have been 216 homicides in the city as of Sept. 15.
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