Keon Nixon, Eli Mayfield Charged With Killing Teen Dad Tarell Burton
Initial details were scarce, but the gang unit was reportedly on the scene.
Weeks later, more information has emerged.
The man killed was Tarell Burton, eighteen — and a young father, as noted on a GoFundMe page created to raise funds for Tarell Burton III, the son he left behind.
Injured was Bernice Serrano, twenty, who suffered multiple gunshot wounds and (update) remains hospitalized weeks later with terrible injuries.
Moreover, two men — Keon Nixon, 24, and Eli Mayfield, nineteen — have been formally charged in the incident.
Here's the first Denver Police Department tweet about what happened on the evening of March 9....
#ALERT DPD On-Scene at Bruce Randolph & Cherry Street in regard to a shooting.— Denver Police Dept. (@DenverPolice) March 10, 2016
...as well as a grim followup:
#UPDATE The shooting at Bruce Randolph & Cherry St is now being investigated as a Homicide. At present there is no suspect info to provide.— Denver Police Dept. (@DenverPolice) March 10, 2016
The intersection of Bruce Randolph and Cherry is captured in the following interactive graphic. If you have problems seeing the image, click "View on Google Maps."
As for the specifics of what went down, our original account noted that witnesses said as many as ten shots were heard coming from City of Axum Park, directly across from this intersection.
Police who raced to the scene taped off large sections of the park upon their arrival.
Burton was pronounced dead at the scene, while Serrano was raced to a nearby hospital in critical condition.
Update: This morning, Denver District Attorney's Office spokeswoman Lynn Kimbrough reached out to the victim advocate in the case to find out how Serrano is doing. "She says that the surviving victim is still in the hospital and probably will be for several more weeks," Kimbrough writes via e-mail. "Her injuries were not only life-threatening, but also life-changing. She will suffer permanent disabilities."
Keon Nixon's Texas booking photo.
Tarrant County Sheriff's Department
The subsequent investigation focused on Nixon and Mayfield, both of whom are said to have known the victims.
And Nixon apparently tried to rabbit — to Texas.
According to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, which published the booking photo seen above, police in the city received word that Nixon was coming there via a Greyhound bus.
Upon his arrival at Fort Worth's Intermodal Center on March 21, he was taken into custody.
Mayfield, for his part, was arrested in Denver last week.
As for Burton, the aforementioned GoFundMe page features this introduction:
As y'all may have heard this young soul has been taken and another one was left behind without his Daddy we are raising money to help with any expenses for Baby Tarell Burton lll. It's hard to put a price on this anything will help and very much appreciated, it will all be for ONLY his Son. Thank you in advance!
Thus far, the page has raised just over $300 toward a goal of $3,000 — and one donor expressed his horror over the event.
He wrote: "It's sad to see our most precious resources lost to these streets. We need to talk about this now. God has provided an answer. We don't deserve it but God has provided it. If you know God, it's past time to share it!"
For more information about the GoFundMe campaign, click here.
Thus far, the arrest affidavits in the case remain sealed.
However, we've obtained the charging documents in the case, which show that both Nixon and Mayfield have been charged with first-degree murder and attempted first-degree murder.
Nixon is slated to make his next court appearance tomorrow, while Mayfield will be in court on May 20. In the meantime, both are being held without bond.
Our condolences to the friends, family and loved ones of Tarell Burton — and we send our best wishes Bernice Serrano as she faces the enormous challenges before her.
Look below to see Denver mug shots for Nixon and Mayfield, a 7News report broadcast in the immediate aftermath of the shooting, and the aforementioned charging documents.
Denver District Attorney's Office
Denver District Attorney's Office
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