Police: 1 man, 2 juveniles arrested in shooting death of 13-year-old Reysean Abram

Teen fatally shot riding bike home from party

DENVER - Denver police said Tuesday night they have arrested one adult male and two juvenile suspects in the shooting death of a 13-year-old boy last week.

At 9 p.m., Denver police spokesman Sonny Jackson said 20-year-old Marquise Lewis was arrested Tuesday night and the two juveniles were arrested within the last 24 hours. Police typically do not identify juvenile suspects unless they're being charged as adults.

The teen victim, Reysean Abram, was shot Friday night while riding his bike in the 4700 block of Enid Way in the Montbello neighborhood, police said. The boy was transported to The Children's Hospital, where he was later pronounced dead. Abram died from a gunshot to the chest, the Denver Medical Examiner's Office said Tuesday.

Police said Abram was shot just days before his 14th birthday. Friends told 7NEWS the teen had left a party where there had been a fight and was about a block away when someone shot him.

Family and friends held a memorial service for Abram on Tuesday evening -- the day he would have marked his 14th birthday.

"I don't want my son's death to be in vain, I want everybody to learn from this," said his mother, Reyniko Abram.

Community leaders like Brother Jeff Fard and Quincy Hines didn't know the teen but attended the vigil hoping to influence kids who did.

"We wanna say to those that maybe hearing of retaliation of any sort, to stand in the gap and say that, you know what, retaliation is not the answer," said Brother Jeff Fard.

"I think it's important to address the fact that he is our child, he's still a 13-year-old child," Hines said.

They told 7NEWS gang violence is on the rise and that points to a lack of programs and outlets for inner city kids.

"Rich kids...have camps, they have all these different outlets to keep them learning. In the inner city, we don't have those," said Hines.

"I'm not saying he was an angel but he didn't deserve to die this way," Abram said.


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