LOCKPORT, N.Y. (WIVB)– Two teenage boys have been arrested and charged with killing a college student while she was attending a Halloween party in Lockport over the weekend.
The suspects’ names have not been released because of their age. Lockport Police Chief Steve Abbott says one of the boys is 16, and the other is 17. They have been charged with intentional murder and criminal possession of a weapon.
“It is still a very active investigation. We still need the public to come forward if they have any information. They have been fantastic. We have gotten videos. We have gotten text messages,” said Abbott, who noted additional charges are pending.
According to Niagara County District Attorney Caroline Wojtaszek, the defendants were arraigned in youth part just after 12 p.m. Wednesday.
“Since ‘Raise the Age’, they’re now handled through our youth part. That does not mean it changes the fact that we can, and we have, and we will continue to charge both these individuals as adults,” said Wojtaszek.
The ‘Raise the Age’ law was passed as part of the 2018 New York State budget.
The party was taking place at a home on South Niagara Street in Lockport. Cheyenne Farewell, 20, died on her way to the hospital after being shot, authorities have said. She was a graduate of Medina High School, and attending The College at Brockport. Five others, ranging in age from 15 to 21, were also shot and injured.
“Cheyenne Farewell was not part of this dispute,” Wojtaszek said. “She was not part of the grudge between the people involved in this situation. She was simply in the wrong place at the wrong time. So were the other five victims in this case.”
Wojtaszek noted she was able to file these charges, in part, thanks to the information provided by people who attended the party. However, she still is looking for people to come forward with more information.
“What I don’t want to do is give the false impression that once an arrest is made, anybody that was there is like, ‘Oh good. I don’t need to get involved.’ That’s not accurate. We need everybody’s information,” she said.
The suspects are scheduled to be back in court on Monday. Bail was set at $500,000 cash, or $1 million bond, Wojtaszek said.
Lockport Mayor Michelle Roman applauded the “dedication and tireless hard work” of Abbott and the police department.
“Our deepest condolences are extended to the families and loved ones of the victims,” she said.
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