Teens charged with killing church security guard

| May 26, 2012

Detroit police credited witnesses who are willing to testify in court with the arrest of two teens charged Wednesday with fatally shooting an 84-year-old church security guard.

"Everybody in the neighborhood knew this man, everybody loved him, and these young men knew him," Inspector Dwane Blackmon of Detroit's Homicide Unit said.

Joseph Lewis Jr. had worked guarding the Victory Way Assembly Church of God in Christ parking lot on Tireman, a mile west of I-96, for about two years. He was on duty during a Wednesday-night Bible study session May 9 when police say he was assaulted by the teens. During a struggle, one of them fired a single shot at Lewis' upper chest from a handgun, Blackmon said.

Charged Wednesday were Alandre Boone, 18, and Anthony Williams, 15, both of Detroit. Both will be tried as adults, according to Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy, and face charges of second-degree murder and use of a firearm during a felony.

Blackmon said police are unsure what the teens' motive was.



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