SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — Two men and a 17-year-old girl were charged with fatally shooting two Cuban-born teenage brothers in what Syracuse police said was an attempted robbery set up by the youngest suspect, authorities said Thursday.
The two men and the girl were arrested Wednesday and charged with murder and attempted robbery, Police Chief Frank Fowler said.
They're accused of gunning down Daniel Diaz-Morrero, 17, and Ismael Diaz-Marrero, 19, around 5 p.m. Tuesday on the city's west side.
The shootings occurred during a robbery attempt set up when Sheahonni Davis, 17, contacted the brothers and asked them to meet her. Police said Toriano Newson, 19, and Curtis L. Paige III, 23, approached the brothers when they arrived and attempted to rob them. Newson opened fire, hitting both siblings, Fowler said.
Ismael Diaz-Marrero was pronounced dead at the scene, police said. Officials said his brother died soon after being brought to a Syracuse hospital.
Police said the brothers had a slight acquaintance with Davis. They were still trying to determine why the brothers agreed to meet her.
The Post-Standard of Syracuse reports the brothers and their father and younger sister arrived in the United States from Cuba after their mother died about five years ago.
The older brother was a sophomore at Le Moyne College, in suburban DeWitt. His sibling was a senior at a Syracuse high school.
Scores of people, including some of the brothers' teachers and professors, gathered Wednesday for a memorial service in an auditorium at Le Moyne, a private Jesuit college. Friends described the siblings as hard-working and well-liked.
Le Moyne Dean Jim Joseph told the Syracuse newspaper that Ismael was working two jobs, including one at the college, to put himself through school.
"I walk by him, and that big smile, forever upbeat, that's how I want him to be remembered," Joseph said.
It couldn't be determined if any of the three suspects has an attorney who could comment on the charges.