Police charge second man with killing 18-month-old child while driving car; balloon vigil organized for De’Avry Thomas


UPDATE: A second man has been charged with the murder of 18-month-old De’Avry Thomas. According to a criminal complaint, Markez Anger, 22, of Swissvale, faces multiple charges, including criminal homicide in the death of Thomas. An arrest warrant has been issued against Anger. Police are actively looking for him and are asking anyone who knows his whereabouts to call 911. The charges come just hours after police announced the arrest of Londell Falconer in the shooting death of Thomas. This is a last minute update. Access the previous report below. Less than 24 hours after the crime, Pittsburgh police announced on Monday the arrest of the first person to be charged with the murder of a small boy in a Sunday afternoon drive-by shooting. Watch the report in the video player above. Londell Falconer, 26, is charged with criminal homicide and conspiracy. The criminal complaint alleges he was the driver of the car from which a second person fired the shots. De’Avry Thomas was just 18 months old when he was shot shortly before 3pm on Sunday at Fourth and Stanwix, not far from PPG Place. The criminal complaint says there were several apparent gunshot wounds. The child’s paternal aunt and godfather spoke with Action News 4 from Pittsburgh. We will never get the chance,” said Amya Thomas, the child’s paternal aunt. Kahlil Darden, the victim’s godfather, said: “De’Avry was a fun kid. The kind of person he was, he lit up a room (with) his smile, his energy, his love for people. the front passenger window of a black Jeep Compass, holding a black handgun with both hands, aiming over the compass at the Jeep Wrangler, in which De’Avry was in a child safety seat. This Jeep Compass was later recovered by police near Troy Hill. Police also found video evidence on the North Side shortly after the shooting they say shows Falconer getting out of the driver’s seat of the Jeep Compass. Police were already looking for Falconer but caught him at UPMC Mercy Hospital early Monday morning. He was there to receive treatment for a gunshot wound to his ankle from an unrelated incident of gunfire on the boardwalk. The police investigation to find the person who fired the shots continues. I’m still trying to figure out, why, how, like it all doesn’t make sense to us,” Darden said. Amya Thomas said, “I don’t understand why. I don’t understand who would want to hurt someone. An innocent one-year-old child. He was a year old, almost two. His birthday is approaching. And it’s sad that we were taken away. “Speaking of her slain nephew, she said, ‘I love you so much. I just wish you could still be here with us. “I will never stop loving you. And if it is in my power, your name, your legacy will never die.”

UPDATE: A second man has been charged with the murder of 18-month-old De’Avry Thomas.

According to a criminal complaint, Markez Anger, 22, of Swissvale, faces multiple charges, including criminal homicide in the death of Thomas.

An arrest warrant has been issued against Anger. Police are actively looking for him and are asking anyone who knows his whereabouts to call 911.

The charges come just hours after police announced the arrest of Londell Falconer in the shooting death of Thomas.

This is a last minute update. Access the previous report below.


Less than 24 hours after the crime, Pittsburgh police announced on Monday the arrest of the first person charged with the murder of a small boy in a Sunday afternoon drive-by shooting.

Watch the report in the video player above.

Londell Falconer, 26, is charged with criminal homicide and conspiracy. The criminal complaint alleges he was the driver of the car from which a second person fired the shots.

De’Avry Thomas was just 18 months old when he was shot shortly before 3pm on Sunday at Fourth and Stanwix, not far from PPG Place.

The criminal complaint says there were several apparent gunshot wounds.

The child’s paternal aunt and godfather spoke with Action News 4 from Pittsburgh.

“He was getting to that age where he was able to do more. He was getting fun, he was just learning and experiencing new things with him. We’ll never get the chance,” said Amya Thomas, the father’s aunt. ‘child.

Kahlil Darden, the victim’s godfather, said: “De’Avry was a fun kid. Everyone who met him reacted to him, loved him. The kind of person he was, he lit up a piece (with) his smile, his energy, his love for people.”

The criminal complaint says security video from PPG Place shows the shooter in the drive-by shooting seated on the front passenger window sill of a black Jeep Compass, holding a black handgun in both hands, aiming at- above the compass to the Jeep Wrangler, in which De’Avry was in a child safety seat.

This Jeep Compass was later recovered by police near Troy Hill. Police also found video evidence on the North Side shortly after the shooting they say shows Falconer getting out of the driver’s seat of the Jeep Compass.

Police were already looking for Falconer but caught him at UPMC Mercy Hospital early Monday morning. He was there to receive treatment for a gunshot wound to his ankle from an unrelated incident of gunfire on the boardwalk.

The police investigation in search of the author of the shots continues.

“It’s unbelievable. I think we’re all still in a space of disbelief. We’re still trying to figure out, why, how, like it all doesn’t make sense to us,” Darden said.

Amya Thomas said: “I don’t understand why. I don’t understand who would want to hurt anyone. An innocent one-year-old child. He was one, soon to be two. His birthday is coming up. And it’s sad that it has been taken away from us.”

Speaking of her slain nephew, she said, “I love you so much. I just wish you were still here with us.

Darden said, “I say to my godson, I love you. I will never stop loving you. And if it is in my power, your name, your legacy will never die.”


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