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Update: Third Teen Suspect Arrested in Pine Bluff Double Murder

Update:
PINE BLUFF, Ark. - A third teen has been arrested in a June 21 shooting that left two 17-year-old boys dead.

The Pine Bluff Police Department says Dontarrius Brown, 18, of Pine Bluff, was arrested Sunday.

He is being held at the Jefferson County Jail on two charges each of Capital Murder and Terroristic Act.

The PBPD says a fourth arrest is expected to be made in these murders.

Anyone with any further information on the homicides is asked to contact the Detective Division at (870) 730-2090 or Dispatch at (870) 541-5300. 

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Original story:
PINE BLUFF, Ark. - Police arrested two teenagers over the weekend in connection to the shooting death of two 17-year-olds last week.

Police say Carl Turner, 18, and Jermaine Jackson, 19, are expected to face charges of Capital Murder and Committing a Terroristic Act.

Police responded to a shots-fired call at West 25th Ave. and South Orange St. around 3 p.m. Thursday.

No flowers or memorials mark the spot where the killings occurred, tire marks are the only sign of the shooting that happened steps from Mandy Jone's 25th Ave. home.

"When I go through there I feel sick," Jones says. "Bullets was just flying down here."

Police found a 17-year-old boy dead in a car near Fir Street. The other 17-year-old boy died after being driven to the hospital. Because they are juveniles, the victims' names will not be released. Authorities also say a third victim suffered minor injuries.  

Jones says it's heartbreaking seeing teenagers lost to gun violence. 

"I just don't understand what's going on," she adds. 

Across town, Pastor Derick Easter knows more needs to be done to prevent these tragedies. 

"There seems to be no comprehension. They have such a low value of life," Easter says. 

He sees the work through his youth center at New St. Hurricane Baptist Church making a difference, but he says the challenge is getting more kids in the door. 

"We keep working, we keep pressing, we keep praying," Easter continues. "We're constantly reminding them to try to make right choices, right decisions."

Easter says the biggest intervention they do is mentoring since many kids aren't learning the values they need.

"Programs where we're talking about how to build life skills and talk about anger management," he explains. 

When it comes to her family, Jones is keeping her 10-year-old grandson close and hoping he holds onto his innocence.  

"I tell him you cannot be walking up and down these streets, it ain't what it used to be," she says.

Jones agrees, kid need mentors and she hopes banding together will help prevent more lives from being torn apart at such young ages. 

"We need to start getting along with each other and love, and try to help one another with our kids," says Jones.  

There could potentially be even more teenagers involved in this case. Pine Bluff Police are still investigating but say more arrests are expected. Officers are not yet releasing suspect information since one could be a minor. 


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