‘My sweet little baby’: Georgia toddler fatally shot while watching TV; police search for suspects

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‘My sweet little baby’: Georgia toddler fatally shot while watching TV; police search for suspects:-While the family of a 3-year-old boy from Athens, Georgia is sad, police are still looking for and prosecuting the child’s accused killers.

Athens-Clarke police say Kyron Zarco, also known as “Baby Dro,” died when shots went through his home while he was watching TV with his 9-year-old brother on the couch.

‘My sweet little baby’: Georgia toddler fatally shot while watching TV; police search for suspects

“This heinous crime sickens me, and my heart aches for the family, friends, and loved ones who have lost someone so tragically,” Athens-Clarke Chief of Police Jerry Saulters said in a news release on March 9. “The Athens-Clarke County Police Department will use all of its resources and strength to catch the killers.”

So far, two teens have been caught and are being charged with murder and other felonies in connection with Kyron’s death. Julian Cubillos, 17, and Jayden Brown, 16, are being held by police without bond while they look for two more people they think were involved in the killing.

The last two people police want to arrest for Kyron’s murder are Dakious Echols, 18, and Desmontrez Mathis, 22. Police said Thursday in a news release that all four suspects have been charged with two counts of murder (dangerous and felony murder), four counts of severe assault, and violating the Georgia Street Gang Terrorism and Prevention Act.

What happened to Kyron Zarco?

The Athens-Clarke Police Department said that around 5:30 p.m., they got a call about a shooting at a mobile home park. When the police arrived, they found Kyron, his brother, and an adult who they couldn’t identify all shot.

Officials in Athens-Clarke County say Kyron died from a gunshot wound to the chest. Police say the adult was not hurt by the gunfire and the toddler’s brother was hurt but not seriously.

Police say there were at least seven gunshot holes in the front of the mobile home after the killing.

Lt. Jody Thompson of the Athens-Clarke Police Department said the killing seems to have been caused by a fight between gang members. Police haven’t said who they think the shooter was aiming for.

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Manhunt for Kyron Zarco’s alleged killers commences

Thompson said that the Athens-Clarke police are looking for the last few suspects with the help of a Violent Gang Safe Streets Tasks Force made up of federal, state, and local cops.

Police say Crime Stoppers is asking for help from the public by giving a $2,000 reward for information that leads to the arrest of the person or people responsible for the shooting.

Thompson said, “The public has given a lot of useful information and had a lot to say.”

Police say Cubillos was caught about an hour after the killing in Jackson County, which is 19 miles from Athens.

Athens-Clarke police had put out a warning to be on the lookout for a white Jeep Cherokee that Cubillos might be driving. Police say a deputy sheriff from Jackson County saw the Jeep and followed it until it stopped at a food shop in Arcade, Georgia.

Police say that while Cubillos was being arrested, the deputy told the teenager to get out of the Jeep and put his hands up. Cubillos was put in handcuffs when a second officer came.

The deputy said that Cubillos did not have any guns on him when he was being arrested. The seventeen-year-old didn’t say anything, and the deputies didn’t ask him at that time.

Kyron Zarco’s family mourns after deadly shooting

Shanita Smith, Kyron’s mother, told WXIA-TV that her “baby didn’t even have a chance” when bullets flew through the mobile home on the day of the killing. Smith is 29 years old.

“Why? Why? I don’t bother anyone. I don’t bother anyone. So, did you mean to go to someone else’s house? Why is that? Smith called the baby “my sweet little baby.”

She told them she’d do “anything” for them.

Smith told the TV station, “I love my kids.”

Kyron’s family has set up a GoFundMe to help them get a better place to live.

“Baby Dro’s life was taken from him too soon during a drive-by shooting while just watching television with his sibling, who was also hit by a bullet,” the page says. “This terrible tragedy happened when Baby Dro was only three years old.” This little boy was so sweet and innocent! He was her surprise child; he was so sweet and happy.

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