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Teens, 15 and 16, charged in connection with Edgewood homicide

This story is updated from an earlier version.

Two teenage boys have been arrested and charged in connection with the shooting death of a 19-year-old from Edgewood Friday night in the parking lot of Edgewood High School, the Harford County Sheriff’s Office said Tuesday.

Yasin Wallace Powell, 16, of Edgewood, and Jaylin Jerome Brown, 15, also of Edgewood, are charged as adults with first-degree murder, conspiracy to commit first-degree murder, second-degree murder, armed robbery, first-degree assault, use of a firearm in a violent crime and reckless endangerment, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

Both teens were arrested Monday and taken to Harford County Detention Center, where they are being held without bail.

Deputies were called to the 2400 block of Willoughby Beach Road around 9:15 p.m. for a report of a shooting, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

When deputies arrived at the school, they found a man, later identified as Thailek Jacob Willis, suffering from a gunshot wound to the upper body in a vehicle in the parking lot, the sheriff’s office said.

The car was found in a grassy area between the parking lot of Edgewood High School and Broadneck Crossing Road, according to Kyle Andersen, a spokesman for the Sheriff’s Office.

The school was closed and activities were not going on at the time, the Sheriff’s Office said.

Detectives have determined that Willis drove to the parking lot of Edgewood High School to complete a drug deal, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

When Willis arrived, Powell and Brown approached Willis’ vehicle and allegedly displayed handguns and announced a robbery, the Sheriff’s Office said.

When Willis tried to flee in his car, Powell and Brown allegedly each fired a shot, according to the Sheriff’s Office, and one of the rounds hit and killed Willis.

Medics from Joppa-Magnolia Volunteer Fire Company took Willis by ambulance to University of Maryland Upper Chesapeake Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

Detectives from the Criminal Investigation Division and Forensic Services Unit responded to investigate.

Anyone with information about the homicide is asked to call Detective Michael Berg at 443-409-3302.

Anyone wishing to remain anonymous can report their information by sending an online tip to; texting “CRIMES,” begin with MCS then add the information; or call Harford Crime Solvers, 888-540-8477.

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