A Hudson Valley man was arrested trying to fly to Jamaica after allegedly murdering a 9th-grade student.

Westchester County District Attorney Miriam E. Rocah announced today that a Westchester County man was arraigned on an indictment accusing him of killing a high school student in the Lower Hudson Valley.

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A Westchester County Grand Jury indicted 33-year-old Akeem Grant of Mount Vernon with murder in the second degree, arson, criminal possession of a weapon and tampering with physical evidence, all felonies. He also has a pending animal abuse case in Mount Vernon City Court.

Grant is accused of fatally shooting 18-year-old Tamani Turner in Mount Vernon in April.

“Another young life has been tragically lost because of an alleged merciless act of gun violence. Thanks to the swift action of our law enforcement partners, we can now work to secure justice for Tamani Turner, his family and the Mount Vernon community," DA Rocah said.

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Grant was sitting in his car on April 6, 2023, when he allegedly fired two shots at Turner, hitting him twice in the torso while he was standing on the passenger side of the parked car on Garden Avenue in Mount Vernon.

Turner was a 9th-grade student at Mount Vernon High School, according to the Mount Vernon Acting Superintendent of Schools.

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Grant then allegedly drove to the Bronx, set his car on fire to destroy evidence, and tried to fly to Jamaica.

He was arrested at the Philadelphia International Airport attempting to board a plane to Jamaica on April 7, 2023.

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Grant pleaded not guilty.

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