Teen charged in connection to shooting death of 15-year-old boy

Teen charged in connection to shooting death of 15-year-old boy

WILKINSBURG, Pa. — A teen has been arrested and charged in connection with the shooting death of a 15-year-old boy.

Brandon McFarland, 17, of Homewood, is charged with criminal homicide, possession of a firearm by a minor and tampering with evidence.

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Tyrelle Bowyer was found in an alleyway in Wilkinsburg with a gunshot wound to the head. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

As Bowyer's family grieves, they are left with so many questions, wanting to know why Bowyer was found lifeless in an alley.

"The person who did this, just take whatever you need to reconcile this in your mind. You took somebody's life," said Bowyer's mother Mica Otusile.


McFarland claims Bowyer pointed a gun at him and another person last Monday night, according to the criminal complaint. He said Bowyer started to laugh and handed the gun to McFarland.

McFarland said he grabbed the gun and as Bowyer turned away, he claims the gun went off, police said. McFarland said after that he ran off with the gun.

<p>Tyrelle Bowyer</p>

Tyrelle Bowyer

Otusile and Bowyer's stepdad don't believe any of the allegations.

"He was too busy trying to be everybody's friend. So to be doing that? That doesn't sit," Otusile said.

"But I feel like he's just saying this to make it look like this is a mistake. But I feel like there are more other people involved in this," Bolaji Otusile, Bowyer's stepdad, said.

Police said there was surveillance video that captured Bowyer with two other people including McFarland that night.

The video shows all three of them walking towards an area. They come back with that area, but not with Bowyer.