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Family Speaks Out After Son Murdered

SPRINGFIELD -- Police have issued an arrest warrant for a teenager accused of shooting and killing a standout high school athlete.

Springfield Police Chief Stephen Moody says US Marshals, SOFAST Task Force and the Springfield Police Department are looking for Tyrin Lemond Hawkins, 17.

We talked with Wellington's family Monday afternoon. They tell us Jeffrey was always the peace-maker and he never wanted violence.

"God said he's coming and he's going to take his angels first. It just so happened Jeffrey was one of his angels," said his mother, Lakisha Cole.

Wellington was a junior at Springfield High School who was known on and off the football field as a standout student. The junior player had boxes upon boxes of college recruiting letters. On Monday, a day after he was killed, he got a letter from Nebraska State.

Cole says it was her son's dream to move them out of the area.

As for the suspect, police say Hawkins is known to law enforcement.

Chief Moody wants someone who knows Hawkins to talk to him and convince him to turn himself in before the violence escalates,"we need this to come to a peaceful resolution, and at this time we're not sure that it is headed in that direction," he said.

Moody said the department will also go after anyone who may shield him, hide him or provide him funds to escape.

"Stop being a coward," said Cole, "admit to the crime that you have done. It's not going to bring my son back, but it's going to bring peace to some."

A fund for funeral arrangements for Wellington has been set up at any PNC Bank in Ohio under the 'Jeffrey Wellington Memorial Fund.'


 
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