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UPDATE: Suspect arrested in Garron Lewis homicide investigation

Trevonce Jakail Bernard
Garron Lewis
Posted at 8:21 AM, Sep 10, 2019

An arrest has been made in connection with the death of 17-year-old Garron Lewis of New Iberia.

Police say 21-year-old Tre'vonce Jakil Bernard of New Iberia has been arrested in connection with the shooting. Police say they could give only a few details in the case.

Bernard was booked on Monday evening on second degree murder, aggravated criminal damage to property, and illegal use of a weapon. His bond is set at $820,000.

KATC Investigates has discovered that Bernard had previously been charged with one count of illegal use of weapons in December 2016, and one count of domestic abuse child endangerment in December 2018. Bernard had been out on bond and awaiting trial for both of those charges.

At a press conference Tuesday, Lewis' father Iberia Parish School Board member and former New Iberia Councilman Raymond "Shoe-Do" Lewis spoke about the night his son died. He also gave his thanks to law enforcement who are worked to find the person responsible for his son's death.

"We had company to no end... people are still coming and sending cards," Lewis said. " My challenge to the Iberia community is we want our young children to do better.

Lewis asked that the killing stop in the city and thanked the Police Department for their continued working in solving homicide

"Our children need to watch what they are doing and parents need to watch what their children are doing," Lewis said. "This needs to end."

New Iberia Senior High held a vigil for Garron Lewis following his death to help with students in the community who were grieving.

"This was a senseless death," Lewis added. "No should have to go through this." Lewis stated that he does not wish for any retaliation from anyone in the community over this.

The investigation is ongoing.

Lewis was shot and killed on Friday, August 16. His body was found in a vehicle parked on Audry Street at its intersection with Rene Street.

READ MORE on the initial investigation.

A senior at New Iberia Senior High School, Lewis was set to play quarter back for the football team.

The family tells KATC that they believe he was targeted and that those responsible for his death knew him.

To read more from the family: School board member raises questions about son's murder

* A photo of Bernard was not provided.