Statesville Police Chief David Addison reads a statement announcing the arrests of four suspects in the shooting death of Ah’Miyahh Howell.


Four suspects have been charged with murder in connection with the June 28 shooting death of an 8-year-old Statesville girl.

Statesville Police Chief David Addison announced the arrests of the following suspects on Friday afternoon:

♦ Nasir Cor’Lee Turner, 18, of Statesville;

♦ Sayqwon Kalil Miller, 19, of Mooresville; 

♦ Donnell Tiaijan Ellison, 19, of Statesville; and

♦ A 17-year-old suspect whose identity was withheld.

Nasir Turner
Donnell Ellison
Sayqwon Miller

Three of the four suspects have been arrested and charged with murder, assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury, conspiracy and a misdemeanor weapons violation. Ellison had not been apprehended as of Friday afternoon.

The arrests followed an exhaustive investigation into the drive-by shooting on Wilson Lee Boulevard that claimed the life of Ah’Miyahh Howell, 8, and resulted in serious injuries to Tariq Lowery, 7.

“The Statesville Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Division worked tirelessly in resolving this case,” Addison said during a 4 p.m. news conference. “Captain Huffman, Sergeant Wolf and the investigators working this case are continuing to pursue investigative leads.”

Additional arrests may be forthcoming.

The SPD, with the assistance of the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office, seized two vehicles in connection with the shooting, a 2003 Honda Accord and a 2013 Mercedes C250.

“Forensic evidence obtained from the vehicles, combined with investigative leads and evidence from the crime scene, allowed for the identification of suspects” in the shooting, Addison said.

Although several people saw the shooting, no witnesses have come forward, the chief said.

CORRECTION: The Statesville Police Department initially misidentified photos of the suspects.


3 thoughts on “SPD: Four suspects face murder charges in shooting death of 8-year-old Ah’Miyahh Howell

  1. Hope for the South Side says:

    These thugs deserve the death penalty. Also, if it can be proven that people very close to this situation knew who these thugs were and didn’t come forward, please charge them as well with accessory after the fact.

  2. Trinilicious says:

    Wow! It’s sad to see kids killing kids. What has this world come to? In a time where we should be United and standing strong with each other culture and color, we are still portraying hatred towards our fellow brothers and sisters. My prayers goes out to everyone involved!

    • Sad is such an understatement. Where is BLM? Where are the protests? Where are the marches, riots, and outrage? This is no different than the George Floyd death. Where are the national news outlets. Is it just ok that a 8 yr old black child was murdered in her front yard? Citizens will raise a stink over a statue but this….. not so much. DEVASTATING!!!!

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