18-month-old boy killed in downtown drive-by

UPDATE: A second man has been charged with the murder of 18-month-old De’Avry Thomas. According to one indictment, 22-year-old Markez Anger of Swissvale is on trial on multiple charges, including murder in the death of Thomas. An arrest warrant has been issued for Anger. Police are actively looking for him and are asking anyone who knows where he is to call 911. The charges come just hours after police announced the arrest of Londell Falconer in Thomas’s death. This is a latest news update. View the previous report below. Less than 24 hours after the crime, the Pittsburgh Police Department announced Monday the arrest of the first person charged with the murder of a small boy in a drive-by shooting Sunday afternoon. Watch the report in the video player above. Londell Falconer , 26, is charged with criminal murder and conspiracy. According to the charges, he was the driver of the car from which a second person fired the shots. indictment says there were multiple obvious gunshot wounds. The child’s aunt and godfather spoke to Pittsburgh’s Action News 4. We’ll never get the chance,” said Amya Thomas, the child’s paternal aunt. Kahlil Darden, the victim’s godfather, said, “De’Avry was a nice boy. Everyone who met him reacted to him, loved him. The type of person he was lit up a room (with) his smile, his energy, his love for people. the front passenger window of a black Jeep Compass, holding a black pistol in both hands, aimed over the top of the Compass at the Jeep Wrangler, in which De’Avry was in a child seat. That Jeep Compass was later found by police near Troy Hill. Police also found video footage on the North Side shortly after the shooting, they say, showing Falconer stepping out of the driver’s seat of the Jeep Compass. Police were already looking for Falconer, but caught up with him early Monday morning at UPMC Mercy hospital. He was there seeking treatment for a gunshot wound to the ankle from an unrelated gunshot incident on the Parkway. The police investigation into the person who fired the shots continues. “It’s unbelievable. I think we’re all still in a space of disbelief. Still trying to understand, why, how, like it all doesn’t make sense to us,” Darden said. Amya Thomas said, “I don’t understand why. I don’t understand who would want to harm anyone. An innocent 1-year-old. He was one, soon two. His birthday is coming up. And it’s sad that was taken from us.” Speaking of her murdered nephew, she said, “I love you so much. I wish you could still be with us.” Darden said, “I say to my godson, I love you. Will never stop loving you. And if it’s in my power, your name, your legacy, will never die.”

UPDATE: A second man has been charged with the murder of 18-month-old De’Avry Thomas.

According to one indictment, 22-year-old Markez Anger of Swissvale faces multiple charges, including murder in Thomas’s death.

An arrest warrant has been issued against Anger. Police are actively looking for him and are asking anyone who knows where he is to call 911.

The indictment comes just hours after police announced the arrest of Lodell Falconer in Thomas’s death.

This is a latest news update. View the previous report below.


Less than 24 hours after the crime, the Pittsburgh Police Department announced Monday the arrest of the first person charged with the murder of a small boy in a drive-by shooting Sunday afternoon.

Watch the report in the video player above.

Lodell Falconer, 26, is charged with criminal murder and conspiracy. According to the charges, he was the driver of the car from which a second person fired the shots.

De’Avry Thomas was just 18 months old when he was gunned down shortly before 3 p.m. Sunday at Fourth and Stanwix, not far from PPG Place.

According to the indictment, there were multiple obvious gunshot wounds.

The child’s aunt and godfather spoke to Pittsburgh’s Action News 4.

“He got to that age where he could do more. He kept getting more fun, learning and just experiencing new things with him. We’ll never get the chance,” said Amya Thomas, the child’s paternal aunt.

Kahlil Darden, the victim’s godfather, said: “De’Avry was a nice boy. Everyone who met him reacted to him, loved him. The type of person he was, he lit up a room (with) his smile, his energy, his love for people.”

The indictment says the PPG Place security video shows the gunman in the drive-by shooting sitting on the doorstep of the front passenger window of a black Jeep Compass, holding a black pistol with both hands, aiming over the top of the Compass on the back. Jeep Wrangler, in which De’Avry was in a child seat.

That Jeep Compass was later recovered by police near Troy Hill. Police also found video footage on the North Side shortly after the shooting of Falconer stepping out of the driver’s seat of the Jeep Compass.

Police were already looking for Falconer, but caught up with him early Monday morning at UPMC Mercy hospital. He was there seeking treatment for a gunshot wound to the ankle from an unrelated gunshot incident on the Parkway.

The police investigation into the person who fired the shots continues.

“It’s unbelievable. I think we’re all still in a space of disbelief. We’re still trying to understand why, how, like it all doesn’t make sense to us,” Darden said.

Amya Thomas said, “I don’t understand why. I don’t understand who would want to harm anyone. An innocent 1-year-old. He was one, soon two. His birthday is coming. And it’s sad that has been taken from us.”

Speaking of her murdered nephew, she said, “I love you so much. I wish you could still be with us.’

Darden said, “I say to my godson, I love you. I’ll never stop loving you. And if it’s in my power, your name, your legacy will never die.”

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