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Arrest Made in Two Homicides Affecting One Family
SOUTH CUMMINSVILLE, Ohio (Angela Ingram) -- William "Aaron" King was shot and killed during a robbery.
A few years ago his younger cousin was was murdered when two men tried to steal from him. Family members say it's hard enough to have one of their loved-ones murdered, now they have two.
William "Aaron" King and Mark Hooten were cousins in a close-knit family. They had the same grandmother and now Bernice Glenn lives without her oldest and youngest grandchildren.
"And I m so sick of losing my grandkids. Y'all don't know how it hurts. It was my oldest one and my youngest one. I got some between them and I just hope God keep them safe."
Jonnell Brown is accused of gunning down Aaron at Aaron's cell phone store on Beekman in South Cumminsville. Investigators say Brown shot Aaron while trying to rob the store back in December.
Police arrested Brown this past Thursday.
"I'm just glad he's off the streets. He won't be doing this to no one else's family no way soon. Hope they keep him in jail for a long time."
Aaron's 16-year-old cousin, Mark Hooten, was killed in 2009 just a few blocks away in the same neighborhood. Bark was on his way to a job training program at a church when police say two men tried to rob him and shot him.
The family says the two murders have been devastating but at least police have made arrests in both cases.
"I'm just real happy because there are still some unsolved murders that are out there."
Despite the arrests the family is still in pain. A 16-year-old who dreamed of going to college is gone, a father and business owner is buried. The family continues to stick together to make it through.
The family is planning a vigil and balloon release in Aaron's honor. During the holiday season, Yvette Hooten donates coats to children who need them in Mark's honor.
Jonnell Brown's next court date is on the thirteenth of January. He's being held at the jail on a 1 million dollar bond.