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May 30, 2014 6:30 PM by Kari Beal

Suspect charged in 2010 death of Opelousas teen Tyrell Jenkins

Opelousas Police have charged a man with murder in the 2010 hit-and-run death of 17-year-old Tyrell Jenkins. Deonta Ware, 22, is now charged with first degree murder in this case.

He's accused of hitting Jenkins and driving off. Police said Jenkins was riding his bicycle when he was hit at the corner of Bullard Street and Pujo Avenue.

"The loss of life of this young man is something we cannot bring back. But we can give the family and loved ones relief that the person that did this to their child, their brother, their nephew, their grandson has been arrested," Opelousas Police Chief Perry Gallow said.

The family gathered at the police department saying a prayer and wearing t-shirts in his name.

"He loved his little daughter that he has, and he just didn't get a chance to see her you know," Tyrell's Grandmother Shirley Jenkins said.

Ware was already in jail on unrelated charges and now could face life in prison.

"His intentions were to kill him," Chief Gallow said.

Police explain that this was a long investigation because there was very little evidence at the scene of the crime. An inmate at the prison and other witnesses helped break the case.

"Witnesses have come forward from both the family and the individual who was incarcerated with him at the time," Gallow said.

"He was a good person, we don't believe he deserved to be killed for any reason at all," Shirley Jenkins said.

As far as the motive for this murder, police said Deonte Ware accused Tyrell Jenkins of assaulting his grandmother. But Chief Gallow added they could not confirm Ware's claim on the assault because Ware's grandmother is now deceased.



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