Two teens arrested in connection to Kennewick murder

Kennewick murder investigation

KENNEWICK, Wash. — Police have arrested two juveniles connected to the murder of 21-year-old Patrick Romero. More details have also been released about what led up to the fatal shooting.

Kennewick officers arrested a 14-year-old boy for rendering criminal assistance and a 17-year-old boy for first-degree murder. On Feb. 22, Romero was shot and killed in a parking lot near Bruneau Place and Dennis Street.

According to the Kennewick Police Department, the suspects allegedly drove past the apartment Romero was at and fired a BB gun at it. Three other teens were also inside the house.  Romero and the other teens reportedly ran after the car and threw rocks at it. They then attempted to go back to the apartment.

Police the suspects parked the car in an alley between the Econolodge and the vacant West Coast Auto. The suspects in the car then ran after all the teens. Some got back inside, but Romero and a 14-year-old did not.

The suspects confronted Romero, and the 17-year-old then shot Romero, killing him at the scene. They also fired another shot, which didn’t hit anyone.

They allegedly ran back to the car and left. The driver of the car was identified as 19-year-old Raheem Mayberry

Two .40 caliber shell casings were found near Romero’s body, documents said. Witnesses said they saw a silver car in the area prior and confirmed the shooting of the BB gun minutes before.

Court documents say the 17-year-old put two magazines in Mayberry’s car, which he admitted to hiding in his bedroom dresser.

Detectives found the empty magazines in the dresser. They also located BB gun pellets in the car and a .40 caliber bullet matching the two found at the scene.

According to court documents, Mayberry is in jail for rendering criminal assistance and is being held on $100,00 bail.

Detectives interviewed all five suspects involved. Two of them are not facing charges at the moment.

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