One of two people accused in Larimer killing arrested in Beaver Falls

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Pittsburgh homicide detectives and Beaver Falls police have arrested one of two of people who they believe are responsible for the slaying of 17-year-old Elijah Washington, whose family reported him missing before his body was found under the Larimer Avenue Bridge earlier this month.

Police arrested Shawn Jones, 18, of Lincoln-Lemington, about 9:15 p.m. at a home in Beaver Falls. He faces counts of homicide, robbery and conspiracy.

Detectives continue to search for 17-year-old Tyqwan Brooks, of Larimer, who also will be charged in the killing.

A witness who was with Mr. Jones and Mr. Brooks during the shooting told police that the group traveled from a porch on Apple Avenue to Larimer Avenue and decided to walk under the bridge. The witness, unidentified in a criminal complaint, said Mr. Brooks asked to use his cell phone during the walk but wouldn't say why or where they were going.

Shots were fired immediately after the witness asked Mr. Brooks to return his phone.

Mr. Washington's body was found Sept. 5.

Pittsburgh police asked anyone with information on Mr. Brooks' whereabouts to call the homicide squad at 412-323-7161.

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Sadie Gurman: sgurman@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1878.


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