The sister of an Altheimer teenager who was shot to death in southwest Little Rock early Tuesday morning said Wednesday she is glad police have arrested a suspect in her brother’s murder, but still wants more answers as to what happened.
Jason Foster, 17, was spending the summer with the sister, Carleisha Murry-Anderson, in Little Rock before his senior year at Dollarway High School when he was found with multiple gunshot wounds on the porch of a house at 10008 Bradley Drive at about 2:15 a.m. Tuesday. He was taken to a Little Rock hospital where he was pronounced dead.
“I’m comfortable that they’re (Little Rock police) working diligently but it would bring me more comfort to know what happened,” Murry-Anderson said. “He didn’t know anyone and I want to know what the connection was. What transpired?”
Police Sgt. Cassandra Davis said Wednesday afternoon that the suspect, Darryl Lea, 33, of Little Rock, has been charged with capital murder, aggravated robbery and theft of property in connection with the incident.
Davis said police determined that the shooting occurred at 10000 Bradley Drive at a house owned by Lea, and he agreed to come to the department’s Major Crimes Division in downtown Little Rock where he was interviewed, then arrested.
According to police, Foster received multiple gunshot wounds and witnesses reported hearing “at least one gunshot.”
Murry-Anderson said her brother had a better than 3.0 grade point average, and had already received letters from a number of colleges and universities, as well as from the military.
“He was planning on going to UCA. (the University of Central Arkansas) and majoring in pre-med,” Murry-Anderson said.
She said Foster also “took a lot of A.P. (advanced placement) classes while attending Dollarway High School.
“He was a smart student, very outgoing, and had a lot of friends,” Murry-Anderson said.
Little Rock police said an investigation into the shooting is continuing.