CHEEKTOWAGA, N.Y. (WIVB) - It's taken nearly nine months, but Cheektowaga Police say they've finally captured the killer who shot a local college student to death . Thursday, that teenager has a date with a judge.
Nineteen-year-old Ira Watkins was shot through the heart at Town Park in Cheektowaga on May 31st. Detectives say he was trying to mediate a tense situation between two rival gangs when he was shot.
After almost nine months of searching for a suspect, the alleged gunman, will face a judge Thursday.
"It's been a long grueling investigation, but we are able to say, currently, Dontre Jones is now in our custody," said Cheektowaga Police Chief David Zack.
Jones had been a person of interest from early on in the investigation, and his Alexander Avenue home was a place police had been many times.
"That address has wreacked havoc in the neighborhood for the last several years," said Zack.
Throughout the investigation, Ira's family never gave up hope that a suspect in their son's murder would be caught.
In June, Ira Watkins's father, Ira Watkins Sr. said, "They are going to find him. You don't go around shooting and messing up in Cheektowaga, so it's just a matter of time before they find him."
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