JACKSON, Miss. (WLBT) - Saturday, May 18, 2019, marks the two year anniversary of the death of 6-year-old Kingston Frazier.
His kidnapping and death stunned the metro area and made headlines around the country, and grieving family members are still searching for answers.
“If I would have been there I would have taken the bullet for Kingston," said great uncle David Archie. "That wouldn’t of been a problem. It has been a very difficult two years.”
Frazier was asleep in the back seat of his mother's car on Thursday, May 18th, of 2017 — when the car was stolen from the parking lot of the Kroger on I-55 at 1:00 in the morning.
“We don’t know exactly all the details in terms of why Kingston’s life was taken," said Archie. "But one thing we are sure about, we will make sure we get justice in this case.”
An amber alert was issued, and multiple law-enforcement agencies joined the search.
Hours later, the stolen car was found abandoned behind a building near the Gluckstadt exit off I-55 in Madison County.
The six-year-old was still in the back seat — where he’d been shot to death.
That same day, three people were arrested in the case — Byron McBride, who was 19 at the time, Dwan Wakefield and D’Allen Washington, who were both 17.
“Three young men, none was over the age of 20. There family is going through something as well," said Archie.
McBride was charged with capital murder, kidnapping and possession of stolen property. Because he is 19, McBride is the only suspect eligible for the death penalty.
Wakefield was charged with accessory after the fact of murder, kidnapping, and vehicle theft.
Trial for McBride and Wakefield is set to begin on October 22.
Washington pleaded guilty to accessory after the fact of kidnapping and was sentenced to 20 years in prison. He will serve 15.
“Kingston’s legacy is all about stopping the violence and the killings,” said Archie. “It makes absolutely no sense for anyone to take the life of a five or six or seven-year-old or a young child."
The Frazier family is holding multiple events to celebrate the life of Kingston Frazier. Below is a schedule of events:
Kingston Frazier’s May Day Celebration
- Saturday, May 18: 2:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. - Kingston Frazier May Day in the Park - Parham Bridges Park - 5055 Old Canton Road
- Sunday, May 19: 10:00 a.m. - Morning Star Baptist Church
- Thuesday, May 23: 8:30 a.m. - Kingston Frazier Courage Award - awarded to a deserving kindergarten student at North Jackson Elementary School
Timeline of events
Thursday, May 18 - 1:15 a.m. - 6-year-old Kingston Frazier is last seen in the parking lot of the Kroger on I-55 North in Jackson. A short time later two subjects pull up to his mother's Toyota Camry in a Honda Civic. The passenger of the Honda Civic gets out of the car and jumps inside the Camry, with the child inside, and both cars speed away from the parking lot.
Thursday, May 18 - 2:30 a.m. - A Hinds County Deputy saw a woman coming out of Kroger and she said that her car was missing.
Thursday, May 18 - 4:31 a.m. - MBI issues an Amber Alert for Kingston Frazier.
Thursday, May 18 - 7:06 a.m. - MBI releases information on second vehicle (Honda Civic) and a description of the passenger who got out of the car and stole the Camry with the child inside.
Thursday, May 18 - 9:43 a.m. - MBI cancels the Amber Alert for Kingston Frazier.
Thursday, May 18 - 9:57 a.m. - WLBT arrives to the scene in Gluckstadt where officials said the child and stolen vehicle were recovered on Gluckstadt Road.
Thursday, May 18 - 10:46 a.m. - JPD Commander Tyree Jones and Madison County Sheriff Randy Tucker confirm that 6-year-old Kingston Frazier had been found dead in the back seat of the car after being shot.
Thursday, May 18 - 11:25 a.m. - 17-year-old Dwan Diondro Wakefield, of Ridgeland, is taken into custody on Holmes Avenue in the kidnapping and slaying of the little boy.
Thursday, May 18 - 11:38 a.m. - Hinds County Sheriff's Office confirms a second person, 17-year-old DeAllen Washington, is a suspect in the kidnapping and shooting death of the child.
Thursday, May 18 - 2:24 p.m. - Washington is located and transported for questioning in the kidnapping and death of Kingston Frazier.
Thursday, May 18 - 4:00 p.m. - A third suspect, 19-year-old Byron McBride, was taken into custody.