18-month-old boy killed in Downtown drive-by

18-month-old boy killed in Downtown drive-by

UPDATE: A second man has been charged in the killing of 18-month old De’Avry Thomas. According to a criminal complaint, 22-year-old Markez Anger, of Swissvale, faces multiple charges, including criminal homicide in Thomas’ death. The charges come just hours after police announced the arrest of Londell Falconer in Thomas’ shooting death.This is a breaking news update. Reach the previous report below. In less than 24 hours after the crime, Pittsburgh police on Monday announced the arrest of the first person to be charged in the killing of a little boy in a drive-by shooting Sunday afternoon. 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 3 pm Sunday at Fourth and Stanwix, not far from PPG Place. criminal complaint says there were multiple apparent gunshot wounds.The child’s paternal aunt and godfather spoke with Pittsburgh’s Action News 4.”He was getting to that age where he was able to do more. He was becoming fun, just learning and experiencing new things with him. We’ll never get the opportunity,” said Amya Thomas, the child’s paternal aunt. Kahlil Darden, the victim’s godfather, said, “De’Avry was a fun kid. Everybody who ran into him reacted to him, loved him. The type of person that he was, he lit up a room (with) his smile, his energy, his love for people.”The criminal complaint says PPG Place security video shows the gunman in the drive-by shooting sitting on the sill of the front passenger window of a black Jeep Compass, holding a black handgun with both hands, aiming over top of the Compass at the Jeep Wrangler, in which De’Avry was in a child safety seat. That Jeep Compass was later recovered by police near Troy Hill. Police also found video evidence on the North Side from shortly after the shooting they say shows Falconer getting out of the driver seat of the Jeep Compass.Police were already looking for Falconer but caught up with him at UPMC Mercy hospital early Monday morning. He was there seeking treatment for a gunshot wound to the ankle from an unrelated incident involving gunfire on the Parkway.The police investigation seeking the person who fired the shots is continuing.”It’s unbelievable. I think we’re all still in a space of disbelief. Still trying to grasp, 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 harm someone. An innocent 1-year-old. He was one, soon to be two. His birthday’s coming up. And it’s sad that was taken away from us.”Speaking of her slain nephew, she said, “I love you so much. I just wish you could still be here with us.”Darden said, “I say to my godson, I love you. I ‘ll never stop loving you. And if it’s in my power, your name, your legacy will never die.”

UPDATE: A second man has been arrested in the killing of 18-month old De’Avry Thomas. According to a criminal complaint, 22-year-old Markez Anger, of Swissvale, faces multiple charges, including criminal homicide in Thomas’ death.

Anger’s arrest comes just hours after police announced the arrest of Londell Falconer in Thomas’ shooting death.

This is a breaking news update. Reach the previous report below.


In less than 24 hours after the crime, Pittsburgh police on Monday announced the arrest of the first person to be charged in the killing of a little boy in a drive-by shooting Sunday afternoon.

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 3 pm Sunday at Fourth and Stanwix, not far from PPG Place.

The criminal complaint says there were multiple apparent gunshot wounds.

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

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

Kahlil Darden, the victim’s godfather, said, “De’Avry was a fun kid. Everybody who ran into him reacted to him, loved him. The type of person that he was, he lit up a room (with) his smile, his energy, his love for people.”

The criminal complaint says PPG Place security video shows the gunman in the drive-by shooting sitting on the sill of the front passenger window of a black Jeep Compass, holding a black handgun with both hands, aiming over top of the Compass at the Jeep Wrangler , in which De’Avry was in a child safety seat.

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

Police were already looking for Falconer but caught up with him at UPMC Mercy hospital early Monday morning. He was there seeking treatment for a gunshot wound to the ankle from an unrelated incident involving gunfire on the Parkway.

The police investigation seeking the person who fired the shots is continuing.

“It’s unbelievable. I think we’re all still in a space of disbelief. Still trying to grasp, 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 harm someone. An innocent 1-year-old. He was one, soon to be two. His birthday’s coming up. And it’s sad that was taken away from us.”

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

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

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