Police arrest 2 teens suspected in fatal shooting

The victim, 26-year-old Eskinder Dawit Asefaw, died Saturday at Carolinas Medical Center hours after he was found shot inside a car in east Charlotte.

Tavone Tyrik Smith

Police have charged two teens with murder and robbery following a deadly shooting that happened in east Charlotte Friday night.

Eskinder Dawit Asefaw, 26, died Saturday at Carolinas Medical Center hours after he was found fatally wounded inside a car in the 1500 block of Wembley Drive.

Early Monday, CMPD announced the arrest of the two teens — Tavone Tyrik Smith, 17, and a 15-year-old male juvenile. Authorities did not name the juvenile because of his age.

Smith, of Charlotte, was charged with murder, robbery with a dangerous weapon and conspiracy to commit armed robbery with a dangerous weapon. He was being held in Mecklenburg jail while awaiting a court appearance.

Police charged the 15-year-old with murder, robbery with a dangerous weapon, conspiracy to commit murder, and conspiracy to commit armed robbery. He was taken to a juvenile detention center.

Police did not disclose what led to the killing or what evidence they found linking the teens to the case.

Anyone with information is asked to call 704-432-TIPS to speak with a homicide detective, or call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600.

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