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Five arrested for murder of Townview student in DeSoto

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Five people were arrested Friday for the murder of Townview Magnet Center student who was shot and killed last week in DeSoto.

Lovell Jenkins III suffered a gunshot wound to the chest from a shooting in the 600 block of Fern Drive in DeSoto.

DeSoto police said in a press release the suspects set Jenkins and his friends up to be robbed, but something went wrong and Jenkins wound up getting shot.

Three of the five arrested were named by police: Kyel Rodriguez, 18, Lamaud Mathis, 20, Tramon Mathis, 18. The two others were not named by police.

An affidavit states Rodriguez needed some money and the group planned to rob someone for their dope and money.

The affidavit states Tramon got into the back rear passenger seat. It states he says he saw his brother Lamaud shoot inside the vehicle.

Each of the five people arrested have been charged with one count of capital murder. Police said the investigation is still ongoing.

Parents at a vigil last week for the killed teenager told FOX4 what they saw happen the night Jenkins was shot.

James Hall told FOX 4 Jenkins and two other teenagers went to visit some girls to get them to come to the State Fair.

Hall said "some guys" walked up to the car and started asking questions like, "What are you guys doing here?"

He said the guys, "opened the back door, then another gentleman walked to the driver's side door and just literally stick his gun in and just opened fire."

A homeowner in the neighborhood told FOX 4 off camera his security system caught the shooting on tape. The homeowner says the video shows a man opening the back door and firing at least two shots.

Police seized the surveillance video.

Marva Edwards was afraid to speak until she provided police with what they call a key piece of evidence in their capital murder case.

"We got them (surveillance equipment) for our protection. We never thought we would catch something on there that was so important," said Edwards.

Jenkins was a junior at Dallas ISD's Yvonne A. Ewell Townview Magnet Center and also played basketball at James Madison High School in DISD. He was also an aspiring lawyer.

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