Who was Caleb Harris? Michigan teens 'execute' boy, 5, after killing his mom, her BF
DETROIT, MICHIGAN: Two teenage boys were arrested in connection to a triple murder after they killed a five-year-old boy execution-style at his Detroit home. The teenagers also murdered the boy's mother and her boyfriend. Detroit Police said that the boy, Caleb Harris, was shot in the face multiple times. He was found dead inside his home along with his mother, Lashon Marshall, 28, and her boyfriend, Aaron Benson, 32. Police have not revealed how Marshall and Benson were killed.
Police were able to identify the suspects, who carried out the shooting on the 15300 block of Evergreen Road near Fenkell Avenue, after they received tips from the community, Police Chief James White said. The two suspects were taken into custody and are being held at a youth home at present. "We are confident that we have those responsible in custody," Chief White said.
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Police confirmed that the suspects, who have not been named, were known to the victims. The victims were found when an acquaintance of the boyfriend, who became concerned as he had not heard from him, stopped by and found the three killed. Police believe the murders may have been committed before Sunday, the day the victims were found.
The acquaintance discovered the bodies and called authorities, following which Detroit Police arrived at the scene. "They continued to check the house for additional victims, and unfortunately they did find a third victim, a child, in a room deceased," White said. "Words can't explain what it's like to see a 5-year-old child laying deceased from gunshot wounds," said Commander Michael McGinnis. "It's incredible how very sad that is."
Harris' sixth birthday would have been in just five days. "It's just unimaginable... that 5-year-old's birthday was just five days from now," McGinnis said. "I imagine that family was prepping for a birthday celebration. Tragically, now their plans have changed."
'Caleb was a light'
Fox 2 reported that Harris' paternal grandmother, Shalesa Floyd, said it was the most devastating news of her life. "For you to shoot a five-year-old in the face? Twice? You could have let him go so he could remain and live," Floyd said. "o do this -- it's like a monster would do this." She added that Harris' father lives out of town and is devastated after receiving the news. "He loved to travel with his dad and with his mom," Floyd said. "He was her only child. He's only five, so he had not much life to live."
Floyd, who said her grandson was a light, stated, "I just want justice for what they've done. He was only five years old and I just want to know why." She continued, "He could have grown up to be anything he wanted. He's our future, he was our future. Why would you take my grandson from me? I'm just lost, I'm devastated." Police have urged anyone with information on the crime to can call 1-800-SPEAK-UP.