UPDATE: Police arrest suspect in May shootings

Police arrested 18-year-old Dabian Boyd Friday for the May shooting deaths of two young South Bend men.

He's being held in the St. Joseph County Jail on two murder charges for shooting 21-year-old Kalyn Farmer and 22-year-old Mercede Newbill.

In the early morning hours of May 6, Farmer showed up at Memorial Hospital, where he later died of a gunshot wound.

Farmer wasn't able to reveal any information about the shooting before his death, but tips led police to South Bend's west side.

It was there they found Newbill dead in a car near Napier Avenue. He also died of gunshot wounds.

The two were longtime friends.

Police followed up on leads in the case for two months, before finding probable cause to arrest Boyd Friday.

He was being held on unrelated charges before he was booked into the St. Joseph County Jail on two counts of murder.

This isn't Boyd's first time behind bars.

In 2010, he was convicted of felony robbery.

And in February of this year, he was named one of Michiana's Most Wanted Fugitives by Crime Stoppers for failure to appear on burglary charges.

Even with a criminal past, Boyd's arrest in the case came as a shock to those who know him -- especially because he's Newbill's cousin.

"We have the same blood running through our veins," said Newbill's sister, Ebony Williams. "And to see his name pop up on the screen and for them to charge him with their murder was mind-blowing."

Williams says she's not sure why Boyd would shoot Newbill or Farmer. She says the cousins weren't close, but they were always friendly with each other.

"I still can't wrap my mind around it," she said. "What was the purpose? Was it that serious? And if he wanted something that bad, he should have just asked [Newbill] for it. Because he was willing to give you out of his pocket, if he had it."

Now Williams and her family want justice for Newbill and Farmer. If Boyd is responsible for their deaths, she says he should serve time in prison.

But even if he isn't convicted, Williams says she's at peace.

"I just know that if we don't receive justice here, whoever did do it, here on earth is nothing, he has another maker to meet."


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