Kingston Frazier, 6, was found shot dead in the back seat of his mother's car on Thursday after it was stolen from outside a store in Jackson, Mississippi and later abandoned in a ditch.
Three Mississippi teenagers, including an ex-high school quarterback, will be charged with capital murder after they allegedly shot dead a six-year-old boy who was in the car they had stolen.
The boy, Kingston Frazier, was found dead in the back seat of his mother's Toyota Camry on Thursday after it was stolen from outside a store in Jackson and later abandoned in a muddy ditch.
Byron McBride, D'Allen Washington and Dwan Wakefield were arrested just hours later and they will be charged as adults with capital murder for the killing of a child during a kidnapping, authorities say.
Ex-high school quarter back Dwan Wakefield (left), D'Allen Washington (center) and Byron McBride (right) will be charged with capital murder over the death of a six-year-old boy
Kingston Frazier, 6, was found shot dead in the back seat of his mother's car on Thursday after it was stolen from outside a store in Jackson, Mississippi and later abandoned in a ditch
The little boy had gone missing after 1am on Thursday when a man was seen on video taking his mother's car from the parking lot of a supermarket in Jackson.
Kingston's mother, Ebony Archie, had left the boy in the car with its engine running as she went into the store. The supermarket's parking lot is patrolled by sheriff's deputies, including one in a golf cart.
Security video shows that after Archie left, another car drove up and a man got out and then drove off in the Camry. It is not clear if they knew the child was still in the car.
About nine hours later, following a child-abduction alert and widespread publicity, a man reported the missing Toyota Camry beside a dead-end road about 15 miles away.
Harrowing pictures emerged on Thursday of the boy's mother, Ebony Archie, collapsing and being carried away after she learned that Kingston had been found dead
A Mississippi Highway Patrol tow truck hauls away the car in which Kingston was found dead
Kingston was inside a silver 2000 Toyota Camry that his mother had left running in the parking lot when it was stolen
The footage and witnesses helped identify the suspects, according to Madison County District Attorney Michael Guest.
Washington and Wakefield are both 17. McBride's age was not immediately released.
In Mississippi, 17-year-olds accused of capital murder are tried as adults. Guest said the capital murder charge means prosecutors could seek the death penalty if the three are convicted.
Wakefield was a quarterback last year at a high school in Madison County, north of Jackson, according to county Superintendent Ronnie McGehee.
He also said Wakefield had been dismissed from the team but didn't elaborate.
Family members were visibly distraught after learning the six-year-old had been found dead
Kingston's body was found about nine hours after he went missing following a child-abduction alert and widespread publicity
The boy's grandfather Walter Williams reacts to the news that his grandson was found dead
Family members were distraught at hearing the news that Kingston had been killed
Harrowing pictures emerged of the boy's mother on Thursday when she collapsed after learning that Kingston had been found dead.
Officials later publicly announced the boy's death while surrounded by grieving family members.
'A six-year-old is gone,' said Kingston's cousin, Kolby Irby. 'His mother has to deal with this. That's her baby.'
Frazier's body was taken for an autopsy at the state crime lab and the car was towed away by a Highway Patrol wrecker.
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