16-year-old arrested for murder of Ballou High School student Jaylyn Wheeler

- A 16-year-old Southeast D.C. boy wanted for the murder of a Ballou High School student killed two weeks ago was arrested Wednesday, police say.

Daquan Gray has been charged as an adult with first-degree murder while armed in the fatal shooting of 15-year-old Jaylyn Wheeler.

Wheeler was shot several times on May 16 at around 3:55 p.m. in the 600 block of Alabama Avenue in Southeast D.C. while he was walking home from school. He was taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Police say the shooting stems from an ongoing dispute between two groups of students at Ballou High School.

Gray turned himself to police on Wednesday.

“I don't believe nothing you’re all beefing over is worth our lives,” Wheeler’s mother said at a candlelight vigil held for son last week. “On both ends that pull the trigger, it is not worth your life and it is not worth the life that you are taking. Because now you are going to have to face the consequences of whatever happens to you once you take a life, and then your parents got to pick up the pieces and then bury their children. And we lost a great asset to our community. Jaylyn was an awesome person.”

In response to the recent spike in violent crime in the city, Mayor Muriel Bowser and D.C. Police Chief Peter Newsham said Tuesday that 25 percent of its officers will be shifted to troubled areas in Wards 5, 7 and 8.

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