18-year-old in custody in connection to New Kensington murder, police still looking for teen suspect

NEW KENSINGTON, Pa. — Police have arrested a man they say is connected to the July 3 fatal shooting of Jason Raiford in New Kensington in broad daylight.

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The shooting happened on Sunday outside Valley Royal Court on 5th Avenue.

The Westmoreland County District Attorney’s office said Raiford was shot and killed in a seemingly senseless act of violence.

Five teenage boys and two adults — ranging in age from 14 to 18 years old — have been charged in the homicide.

Amir Kennedy, 14, was the first teenage boy charged as an adult. The others include Da’Monte Brooks, 15; Elijah Gary, 18; Jonathan Felder, 17; Avian Molter, 15; Braedon Dickinson, 14; and Raquan Carpenter, 18.

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United States Marshals took Gary into custody without incident Monday in Wilkinsburg, according to a news release from the Westmoreland County District Attorney’s Office. Dickinson, Felder, Kennedy, Molter and Carpenter have also been arrested.

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Police are still searching for Brooks, from Uniontown, according to the release. Officials said he also goes by “Bud.”

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“He is to be considered dangerous and may be armed, so we ask the public to remain vigilant,” Westmoreland County District Attorney Nicole Ziccarelli said in a release. She also thanked law enforcement and those helping with the investigation.

The release also said the investigation is ongoing.

Anyone who may know the whereabouts of Brooks should immediately contact 911 or New Kensington Police Department at (724) 339-7534, the district attorney’s office said.

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