A 33-year-old man has been arraigned in connection with the murder of 12-year-old Kenis Green.
Alvin Demetrius Conwell is charged with First Degree Premeditated Murder, two counts of Assault with Intent to Murder and Felony Firearm.
The 12-year-old boy was killed in a shooting incident August 31. According to the prosecutor, it started after Conwell had gotten into a verbal altercation with 25-year-old Greg Owens in front of a home on Rutherford Street.
Conwell reportedly came back later and opened fire from a car, killing the boy and wounding Owens.
The child's mother, Sunsearae Hall, is broken-hearted. She talked with 7 Action News about her child's death.
“It doesn’t make sense. It doesn’t make sense,” said Sunsearae.
The gunman opened fire while 12-year-old Kenis Green, his siblings and cousins were all playing outside.
“He didn’t drive by,” said Kenis’ uncle Willie Hall. “They said he drove up and stopped. Then shot the house and then he pulled back off.”
Family Members told 7 Action News the gunman accused Sunsearae’s boyfriend, 26-year-old Greg Owens, of flirting with the gunman’s girlfriend the day before the shootings.
Sunsearae said she had just gotten home when the shooting happened.
“They started yelling ‘Greg got shot, Greg got shot.’ So I jumped out of the car to try to help him cause he was walking toward the car and I was trying to help him in,” said Sunsearae. “Then they started yelling: 'your baby'… and I went and held him.”
Greg was shot in the stomach, and is now in the hospital. Kenis was shot in the head.
Kenis was excited about starting school this week. The family had just moved back to Detroit from Ohio over the summer.
He would have been an 8th grader and he was a lineman for the Detroit Dolphins football team.
Now, loved ones are trying to explain his untimely death when they don’t even understand it themselves.
We’re going to counseling tomorrow,” said Willie. “I don’t know what to say. All the kids were there. We’re all going to counseling. I don’t know what to tell them… at all.”
Kenis will be laid to rest on Saturday at noon.
The family is struggling to pay for his funeral. Donations can be made at any Bank of America under “In Memory of Kenis Green Jr.”
A fundraiser is being held tonight at Mr. B’s on Hubble Street in Detroit from 9:00 pm to 2:00 am.
Conwell will be back in court on September 10 th at 1:30pm for his preliminary exam.
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