Last year, we reported about the tragic murder of Reysean Abram, a thirteen-year-old who was reportedly shotgunned to death while riding a bike. Now, two men -- Lonnie White, who was seventeen at the time of the killing but was tried as an adult, and Marquise Lewis, now 21 -- have each pleaded guilty to the crime and face forty-year sentences. Continue for photos, videos and details.
On the evening of August 30, 2013, as we've reported, Denver police officers were called to the 4700 block of Enid Way in regard to a shooting.
The cops soon found a thirteen year old later ID'd as Abram suffering from a gunshot wound. He was transported to Children's Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
Abram had reportedly attended a party at which a fight had taken place. He was riding his bike home when he was shot in the chest.
He died shortly before his fourteenth birthday.
In the days that followed, Abram's Facebook page (which remains online) became a repository for his loved one's grief. Among the images posted are this one....
...and this one: Continue for more about the guilty pleas in the murder of Reysean Abram, including additional photos and two videos. The pic at the center of the T-shirt above isn't the only one on the page in which Abram can be seen making hand gestures that seem to be gang signs -- and comments posted on a number of them after his death bring up the topic. Take this photo: One of the comments on the page reads:
1st yes he rolled with Eastside but he never rolled with the ones who murdered and he wasnt a murderer. He went to church but he never had his mind on killing.... It was his money, music,& school he had his mind on because of his beautiful mom. And God said "as you confess thy'll sin he should never repent you." Don't go bible on me ik & he loves ALL His children no matter what.
Days later, the Denver Police Department named Lewis and announced his arrest. He was subsequently slapped with a first-degree-murder beef.
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Meanwhile, the Denver District Attorney's Office identified two more suspects thought to have contributed to Abrams' death: White and another teen. Shortly thereafter, White, who was several months shy of his eighteenth birthday at the time, was charged as an adult. Not so the other teen.
Now, both Lewis and White have pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the case. According to the DA's office, the pair had been involved in an altercation on the night in question. Afterward, they got into a car with Lewis behind the wheel. He's said to have handed White an assault rifle and told him to shoot out the window as they were driving on Enid Way. The blast hit and killed Abram.
White has already been sentenced to forty years in stir, while Lewis will have the identical punishment formalized during a December court appearance.
In the meantime, Abram's loved ones continue to post on his Facebook page, marking what would have been his fifteenth birthday and sharing a tribute video that's on view below, following booking photos featuring Lewis and White, as well as a 7News video about the case, broadcast prior to the arrests. Our sincere condolences to those Abram left behind.
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