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Monday, May 3, 2010

De'Andre Kidd's Ruthless Killers Arrested (Charlotte's Black Crime)

4 Arrested In De'Andre Kidd's Murder

Four people have been arrested and charged with murder after a 17-year-old West Mecklenburg High School senior was shot and killed early Sunday.

Police say they're still looking for one more suspect.

Cameron Edward Butler, Larry Jamar Gilchrist, Craig Alan Leverette, Jr., and Billy Danzel Williams have been charged in the murder of De'Andre Kidd.

VCAT is currently looking for Titus Isaiah Campbell.

Kidd, 17, died in the shooting that injured his cousin, Maurice Wilson. They were riding home in Kidd’s mother’s Pontiac Grand Prix at about 3:30 a.m. when family members said another car pulled up and someone fired a gun.

The Grand Prix showed bullet holes in the windshield, and a shattered rear window.

The car’s driver kept going until they got to his mother’s house on Watson Drive. He and a front seat passenger were not hurt.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg police responding to a 911 call found Kidd dead in the car, and Wilson injured. Wilson had emergency surgery at Carolinas Medical Center Sunday morning and remained in critical condition Sunday night, according to family members.

Detectives from CMPD's homicide, gang, and community policing units investigated the shooting Sunday. Witnesses told them the gunman was driving a newer model, dark-colored, Chevy Impala with tinted windows.

Kidd's mother wondered who would shoot her oldest son, who was just weeks away from graduating from high school.

"Why would they do this?" asked a tearful Dandrea Mcconneyhead. "I mean seriously, life is too short -- why would they do this to my baby?"

Mcconneyhead said her son had never been arrested or in trouble. He came to West Meck for his senior year after attending South Mecklenburg High School.

But as Kidd, two cousins, and another friend drove home from a CookOut restaurant on Freedom Drive, they encountered the other car. Mcconneyhead describes what she was told about the shooting.

"They said somebody started shooting. My nephew ducked down and he just pressed the gas," she said. They arrived at the cousin's apartment at the corner of Watson Drive and West Blvd. "He just drove and he told my sister to call 911 -- that my baby had been shot."

Mcconneyhead covered her face to hide her grief. "My boy is dead! I have to bury my 17-year-old son! What kind of life am I supposed to have without my baby?" she cried.

She said her son, who went by the name 'Dre, had just picked out his tuxedo for his prom on May 15.

"It's black with grey and blue .." she said. Now the family will bury him in the tux instead.

Mcconneyhead said she didn't know who would want to shoot her son, or why, but she takes solace in one memory about the last time she spoke to her son.

"I left my son at 10:30 -- but thank God I told my son I love him."

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Sources: WCNC, Google Maps

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