Police have charged 21-year-old Deionta Hayes with murder. Investigators say he shot three people at an apartment on Palumbo Drive Sunday. A 16-year-old later died.
The arrest of murder suspect Deionta Hayes, who was taken into custody at the Fayette County Detention Center, comes as some comfort to Chaz Black's loved ones as they struggle to come to terms with the tragedy.
Friends and family gathered at Thoroughbred Park for a prayer vigil as the sun set on the day after Chaz Black's death. Loved ones organized the service quickly, but little notice was necessary to draw an outpouring of support for the popular young man. The last two days have hit hardest those who knew Black best. "Man, it hurts," Aaron Mosley said, "It hurts. That little boy, man, 16-, 17-years-old. He gone. His momma and them grieving, everybody
hurting. And why?"
Mosley runs an after-school program to help at-risk youth. He says when Black began the program, the young man was eager to improve academically and make the most of his life. "Chaz had been doing so good during the week, and he said, Mr. Mosley, can you call my momma and tell my momma how good I'm doing?" Mosley recalled, "And I told her how good Chaz was doing, and he lit up like a Christmas tree."
Black graduated the program and moved from an alternative school, eventually becoming a sophomore at Henry Clay. Mosley says he had every reason to believe Black had overcome adversity and showed promise for a bright future. "Chaz had a pure and sweet heart," Mosley said.
Deionta Hayes is charged with murder, robbery, and two counts of assault. Police tell us the investigation into the shootings continues.
Police tell us the other two victims injured in Sunday's shootings are expected to survive.