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Suspect in Springfield Teen's Shooting Death Arrested in Dayton
SPRINGFIELD -- Seventeen-year-old Tyrin Lemond Hawkins has been arrested in connection to the death of Jeff Wellington.
Springfield police say Hawkins was arrested Thursday morning by U.S. Marshals in Dayton.
U.S. Marshals responded to tips Thursday morning that led them to the King's Court apartment complex in Dayton, where the SOFAST task force arrested Hawkins.
Marshals say the arrest was made without incident, "despite his alleged previous comments of a possible gun battle with police to avoid capture."
"The shooting rocked the (Springfield) community and was a very emotional event for fellow high school students and faculty who knew both Hawkins and the deceased."
Hawkins is accused of shooting 17-year-old Wellington on Easter Sunday, April 20, during a fight. Wellington reportedly tried to break up the fight when he was shot.
During a vigil following his death, friends and Springfield High School classmates described Wellington as a peacemaker. He also was a star football player with several college prospects.
"Early this morning, Chief Steve Moody of the Springfield Police Division notified me of the arrest in Dayton of Tyrin Hawkins by the U.S. Marshall's Service. Hawkins is the suspect in the Easter morning apartment shooting of Springfield High student Jeff Wellington. We want to thank the Springfield Police Division and the U.S. Marshals for their work on this case.
"The Springfield City School District will continue to cooperate with law enforcement and the courts as this case moves through the judicial process."
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