Teen arrested in boy's murder out on bond

Brian Chidozie Ezike, 18, has been arrested in the fatal shooting of a 14-year-old boy.

May 7, 2010 8:44:25 PM PDT
A suspect arrested in the fatal shooting of a 14-year-old boy outside a nightclub on Saturday has been released on bond. On the same night an anti-violence vigil was being held for Jaylon Calloway, an innocent bystander killed by gang gunfire, his mother received closure for what she prayed.

"When I looked at my baby's eyes that night, I knew he was on his way to leave me," said his mother, Michelle Calloway, "I just said, 'Please just help me to have closure to know who killed my baby before I put him in the ground."

Houston police say Brian Chidozie Ezike, 18, who is also known as "Etray," "E-Tray" or "Etrey," was arrested Friday in Laredo while trying to cross the Mexico border.

"We noticed that this individual coming into the United States was nervous," U.S. Marshal Alfredo Perez said. "They referred him to what they call secondary inspection."

Ezike was reluctant to provide his last name but he was eventually identified in a national database revealing his murder charge in Harris County. He was taken to Webb County Jail, but he later posted the $50,000 bond set by a Harris County judge.

On Saturday, May 1, police said two groups of individuals got into a verbal altercation during a party at Club 20/20 on Leeland involving teenagers. The argument turned into a fistfight and then escalated into gunfire when a number of people pulled out guns and started shooting.

Calloway, 14, suffered a gunshot wound to the head and was pronounced dead at the scene.

"That was her only child, her only child and three days before his birthday and this Sunday is Mother's Day," said his grandmother, Jeannette Calloway.

A second male, 18, was shot in the thigh and treated and released from an area hospital.

Ezike is charged with murder.

A vigil was held Wednesday for Calloway on what would have been his 15th birthday.

Calloway's funeral has been scheduled for Saturday at the Johnson Funeral Home in Third Ward.

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