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Second arrest made in death of Rochester teen

Rochester, N.Y. Police have made a second arrest in the homicide of Tysean Williams, 15, who was shot to death inside his home on Adams Street last Wednesday.

"I feel better they got them, said Cornelius Portis, Williams father. It's just a little relief on the family, so we appreciate that."  

Portis reacted to the news outside Rochester City Court Tuesday morning, after both suspects appeared there.

Pedro Diaz, 18, was arrested Monday night. Taiquan Elmore, 22, was arrested Saturday. Both face second-degree murder charges and are now being held without bail.

Police said the suspects tried to enter the home on Adams Street Nov. 6. Williams, who lived there with his grandmother, was trying to protect her when he was shot. He died that night at the hospital.

Williams' family said one suspect yelled to the other he had shot the wrong person.

"The actual location and/or the individuals within were targeted, Deputy Chief Mike Wood told 13WHAM News. It was not a random act. The young man who was killed, to the best of our information, was protecting his grandmother when the suspects entered the residence and he was subsequently shot to death. We do not believe he was the intended victim in the case.  He was 15 years old, he was in the house, a disturbance happened and he was there protecting his grandmother."

Williams was an honor roll student at Wheatland-Chili High School through the urban-suburban program.

"He was a good kid, honor roll student, not a troubled child, Portis said. He was just one of those kids that got taken for nothing, and I just feel so bad about that. ... (I hope) they get what they deserve, that's all.  It's not going to bring my son back, but at least I know I got some closure, so I'm happy with that."

There were friends of the suspects in court. They did not want to give 13WHAM News an official statement, but told us their friends couldn't do what they are accused of, but they would cover the crime up for somebody.


 
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