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Police arrest two men in Whisnant Street murder investigation

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Jamarick Horton and Tyree Sifford (Mecklenburg County Jail) Jamarick Horton and Tyree Sifford (Mecklenburg County Jail)

Twenty-year-old Alquez Thompson was shot and killed in north Charlotte near a bus stop in the middle of the afternoon Monday.

Police have charged Jamarick Yamon Horton, 22, and Tyree Lavarchio Sifford, 21, in the case.

Horton is charged with two counts of attempted murder, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and shooting in an occupied vehicle. 

Sifford is charged with first degree murder.

The shooting happened at the intersection of  Burton and Whisnant Streets in the Greenville community, where Thompson also lived at times.

Two years earlier, he was accused of first degree murder in the shooting of 19-year-old Craig Leverette. Prosecutors offered Thompson a plea based on involuntary manslaughter because they say the evidence could not prove who fired the gun first.

At the time of Leverette's killing, Leverette was connected to the murder case of 17-year-old Deandre Kidd who was shot driving away from a fast food restaurant in 2010.

It's a cycle of violence involving some very young players.

Thompson served less than a year of active prison time for Leverette's shooting. It was one of nearly 30 criminal charges during Thompson's young life.

Monday, when officers arrived on scene, they found Thompson laying in the backyard of a home with an apparent gunshot wound. 

Officers have said the initial investigation indicates that the victim and shooters were known to one another and this was not a random act of violence.

At the scene, police could be seen taping off an area of the road and gathering evidence. Officials have not said what may have led to the shooting.

Walter G. Byers Elementary School was placed on lockdown around 2:45 p.m. due to the shooting. The lockdown was lifted around 3:15.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call 704-432-TIPS and speak directly to a Homicide Unit Detective.  Detective McKee is the lead detective assigned to the case. 

The public can also call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600  or visit the Crime Stoppers mobile app website at http://charlottecrimestoppers.com/.

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