About 9:30 a.m., however, the authorities found Kingston dead with a gunshot wound to the back of his head, Mr. Hall said. His body was left in the back seat of the car, which had been abandoned behind a warehouse on a dead-end dirt road in rural Madison County, about a dozen miles from the Kroger, the authorities said.
Local, state and federal law enforcement agencies coordinated throughout the day. By Thursday night, the authorities had arrested three 17-year-old suspects, Dwan Wakefield, D’Allen Washington, and Byron McBride, Mr. Hall said. All three will be charged with capital murder, a crime punishable by death, and were being held without bail, the authorities said.
“All they had to do is let this kid off on the side of the road, at a grocery store, at a church, anywhere else, but they chose to kill the kid,” he said.
On Thursday, family members expressed their sorrowful disbelief.
“It’s hard to know that people out there are evil, that would kill a child,” Velma Eddington, the boy’s great-aunt, told The Clarion-Ledger. “That’s evil. That baby hadn’t done anything to him. That baby hadn’t done nothing. They could have left that child on that back seat, asleep. They didn’t have to kill him. Those people are evil. Evil.”
His uncle, David Archie, said the boy “just liked to have a lot of fun.”
“There is nothing out there worth taking a 6-year-old’s life,” he told the newspaper.