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15-year-old charged with first-degree murder in death of Memphis church leader

Rev. Dr. Autura Eason-Williams was the District Superintendent of the UMC's Tennessee-Western Kentucky Conference's Metro District.

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A 15-year-old is charged with first-degree murder and other felony crimes in the shooting death of well-known Memphis pastor Rev. Dr. Autura Eason-Williams, according to Memphis police. 

Eason-Williams died Monday after she was shot during a carjacking outside of her home in Whitehaven, the conference said.

According to Memphis police, officers responded to the shooting in the 1000 block of Whitehaven Lane at 4:15 p.m.

Memphis Police Chief CJ Davis said Tuesday afternoon they have "individuals in custody who are persons of interest," and officers are still investigating. Davis said all of those in custody as of Tuesday afternoon are juveniles.

On Monday at 11:50 p.m., officers responded to a carjacking in the 1600 block of Hunters Rest. Officers were told that the victim was approached by two men while in her car. They pointed a gun at her and ordered her from the car, driving away in her Chevrolet Malibu. 

The juveniles were brought in for continued investigation as they matched the description of the suspects from Eason-Williams' murder.

Miguel Andrade, 15, is charged with first-degree, murder in the perpetration of a robbery, especially aggravated Robbery, carjacking, and employment of a firearm during a dangerous felony.

A 16-year-old male juvenile is charged with theft of property between $2,500 and $10,000.

A 17-year-old male juvenile was released without charges.

Rev. Dr. Autura Eason-Williams was the District Superintendent of the conference's Metro District. 

"We all are shocked and saddened by this senseless act," the conference said. "... May the love of Christ carry all those who love her during these days of grief ahead. We will rely on God together."

Death of District Superintendent - https://mailchi.mp/nashareaumc/twkumc-newsletter-13672641

Posted by TWK UMC on Monday, July 18, 2022

A district gathering was held Monday evening at the Colonial Park United Methodist Church. 

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