4 charged with murder of local rapper
Four people have been charged with murder and two others arrested in the ongoing investigation in the shooting death of a Philadelphia man outside his home last week.
“We are still conducting more interviews and following up on whereabouts and other evidence,” said Philadelphia Police Chief Eric Lyons.
Tommie “Tom Tom” Warren, 31, died after being shot in the Monday, Dec. 27 incident.
By Thursday, officers had arrested the following six people:
• Dartavion Boyd, 18, of Sherwood Drive, was arrested and charged with murder and aggravated assault.
• Jakyenzie Wilson, 22, of Cora Street, was arrested and charged with murder and aggravated assault.
• Jacoria Reynolds, 19, of North Donald Avenue, was arrested and charged with murder and aggravated assault.
• Zykeus Macon, 22, of Samp Street, was arrested and charged with murder and aggravated assault.
• Meroski Harrington, 21, of Cajun Lane, was arrested and charged with accessory after the fact.
• James Carter, 22, of Coleman Street, was arrested and charged with aggravated assault.
Jail records show that Boyd was brought in on Dec. 29, and Wilson was arrested the previous day. The other four suspects were arrested on Dec. 30.
Lyons said that none of those arrested had bonded out as of Tuesday morning and remained in custody in the Winston County Detention Center.
Lyons said Warren is not believed to have been a target and was hit by a “stray bullet” as two groups exchanged gunfire on MLK Drive nearby.
Lyons said a pizza delivery person was at Warren’s residence at the time of the shooting.
Boyd, Wilson, Reynolds and Macon were in one of the groups exchanging fire, and Lyons said Carter was part of the other.
The arrests came as a result of nearly 30 interviews, and more arrests are expected as the investigation continues, Lyons said.
“We still need to verify some of the stories through further interviews,” Lyons said on Dec. 31 after announcing the arrests.
Lyons said police are still looking for more information, and any information that could assist in the investigation would be “gladly appreciated.”
Lyons said the investigation has led investigators to believe that some of the individuals may have been involved in the unsolved Dec. 28, 2020, shooting of 22-year-old Xenthirues Maxfield.
“No new updates on that case as of now, but we do believe some of the same individuals involved in that case are linked to this case,” Lyons said. “Hoping to get leads for Maxfield case from individuals involved in this recent case.”
Maxfield was in a crowd of about 20 people around 5:30 p.m. Dec. 28, 2020, off of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive at the Booker T. Football field when he was shot.
Maxfield, known as Luh Bizzy, was transported by personal vehicle to Neshoba General, where he was later pronounced dead.
When police arrived, the crowd scattered, sources with knowledge of the situation have told The Democrat.
Warren was a local rapper and producer who went by the name “Air Teezy.”
In March 2021, Warren incorporated his business, AitrTeezy Entertainment LLC, with the State of Mississippi.
“Watching these guys fall in love with music and the looks they give when they hear their voices for the first time really makes me wanna go harder,” Warren wrote on his Facebook page this past May. “It really makes me love what I’m doing. I pray y’all make it.”
Warren discussed violence in Philadelphia in June 2020 on Lee Carleton Smith’s podcast “The County Line: Lee Carl & Friends.” During their discussion, Warren equated much of the violence to a lack of parenting.
“It’s different — I think it’s more dangerous,” Warren told Lee when asked if the violence in town was greater than when growing up.
Warren told Lee when they were growing up, all they would hear was “these babies having babies. That was a big thing at one time. All it is is these babies grew up. I think that’s where the extra violence stems from.”
Warren said people shooting and getting shot are in their teens.
Anyone with information on this or any other potential crime is encouraged to call the Philadelphia Police Department at 601-656-2131.