Slain church security guard’s son calls shooting a ‘wake-up call’

| May 26, 2012

Detroit— The son of an 84-year-old security guard gunned down in a church parking lot said he'll be praying for the teens accused in the killing and their families.

"They are going to be in a lot of pain," said Anthony Lewis, 51. "This is a tragedy for Detroit and a wake-up call. We've got to do something on our streets."

Alandre Boone, 18, and Anthony Williams, 15, were arraigned Wednesday in 36th District Court in Detroit on charges of second-degree murder and felony firearm in the May 9 shooting death of Joseph Lewis Jr.

Magistrate Sidney Barthwell Jr. ordered the teens held without bond pending a June 5 preliminary examination. Both are charged as adults and face a possible penalty of life in prison if convicted.

Prosecutors say Boone and Williams assaulted Lewis around 8:30 p.m. May 9 while he was in his car parked in the lot of the Victory Way Assembly Church of God in Christ on Tireman. Authorities said in the struggle Lewis suffered a fatal gunshot wound to the chest. He was transported to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Investigators aren't sure what motivated the attack, said Inspector Dwane Blackmon, commanding officer of the Detroit Police Homicide Section.

"There was nothing indicating it was a robbery," Blackmon said. "It could've been an attempted robbery but we don't know that for sure at this time."

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