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Tyler police arrest two suspects in Monday night apartment complex murder

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Ladarrius Devonte Warren (Source: Tyler Police Department) Ladarrius Devonte Warren (Source: Tyler Police Department)
Ernest Deaurdra Jackson Jr. (Source: Tyler Police Department) Ernest Deaurdra Jackson Jr. (Source: Tyler Police Department)
Ladarius Warren (Source: Smith County Jail) Ladarius Warren (Source: Smith County Jail)
Earnest Jackson (Source: Smith County Jail) Earnest Jackson (Source: Smith County Jail)

Tyler police have arrested two suspects in the shooting and killing of 21-year-old, Joshua Robert McGill, and are questioning two juveniles in connection to the crime.

McGill was shot in the back with a shotgun at the Kensington Apartments in Tyler at approximately 9:45 P.M. Monday.

Investigators, patrol officers and the U.S. Marshals located the suspects on Wednesday and took them into custody without force.

According to Tyler police, 19-year-old Ladarrius Devonte Warren and 18-year-old Earnest Deaurndra Jackson, Jr. were arrested for capital murder. Each are being held on a $2,000,000 bond.

Warren and Jackson were found in two separate Smith County homes.

Police said the Remington 870 12-gauge shotgun used in the crime was found at the home of one of the juveniles being questioned.

Investigators said McGill was selling marijuana to the suspects, who attempted to steal it without paying for it. The suspects then shot and killed McGill.

McGill's friend, Kristen Beard, said he was visiting her at her apartment Monday night when the two men knocked on the door asking for him.

"He came outside to see somebody and then when he walked out, not even five minutes later that's when we heard it. I tried to give him CPR but there was just blood coming up. That's when my roommate Kyle came over and was helping. Then there was a nurse over here that was pushing down and then I was breathing in his mouth. I had blood all over me, it was the scariest thing ever." said Beard.

McGill was transported to East Texas Medical Center in Tyler, where he was later pronounced dead.

According to McGill's father, he graduated Whitehouse in 2010, when he went on to study psychology at Tyler Junior College. His dad said he always wanted to help people and eventually wanted to become a counselor.

Kenya Symonette worked with McGill when he was in the youth ministry at the family's church in Whitehouse. She said she remembers him as a kid with a big heart.

"He was a good friend and a listener to his friends," Symonette said. "He just wanted to help other kids and help other people through their problems."

Beard echoed those sentiments and said, "he was the sweetest, most generous person you'll ever meet. If you ever needed anything, he would do it for you. He'll jump the hoops to help you."

For Symonette, it's three young lives wasted.

"They're at an age where they're just starting life and they're making decisions that affect the rest of their lives," she said. "That's just tragic that they would make such bad decisions. It's really tragic that his life ended so soon."

"He was at the bad place and the wrong time," Beard said.

Tyler police said the investigation is ongoing.

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