A pair of men from Cheektowaga have been indicted in the death of a toddler. Erie County District Attorney John Flynn made the announcement of the charges today, September 2, 2021. Dequan I. Richardson, 22, and 25-year-old Jonay B. Robinson, both from Cheektowaga were arraigned this morning on various charges, including murder.

The alleged perpetrators have been charged with,

Two counts of Murder in the Second Degree (Class “A-II” felonies)
Two counts of Assault in the First Degree (Class “B” felonies)
One count of Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Second Degree (Class “C” felony)
Two counts of Assault in the Second Degree (Class “D” felonies)
One count of Criminal Possession of a Firearm (Class “E” felony)
Two counts of Assault in the Third Degree (Class “A” misdemeanors)

Authorities believe that on July 5, 2021, just before 11 pm, the two suspects fired into a crowd of people on Donovan Drive in Buffalo. The deadly incident happened at the Ferry Grider Homes housing complex. A group of people were in the courtyard to watch a fireworks display. Richardson and Robinson are accused of firing into the gathering.

The toddler, 3-year-old Shaquelle Walker, Jr., was hit in his head by a bullet and died from his injuries 4-days later, on July 9 at Oishei Children’s Hospital. There were three other victims - a 27-year-old man who was shot in both of his legs, a 28-year-old man who was shot in his foot and a 29-year-old man who was shot in his back. Those victims survived their injuries.

The following day, July 6, police searched the residence where the pair lived on Slate Creek Drive and found an illegal pistol and a rifle. They are due back in front of a judge on the morning of Tuesday, September 21, at 9:30 am. Richardson and Robinson will remain behind bars until that date, as they have been remanded without bail. They are facing a sentence of 25 years to life behind bars, if convicted for this horrific crime.

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