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Teens accused in murder of 12-year-old on Cleveland's east side have prior records

Posted at 2:25 PM, Nov 28, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-29 15:43:31-05

Two teenagers accused in the fatal shooting of a 12-year-old boy on Cleveland's east side have prior criminal records, according to court documents obtained by News 5.

The teens, both 15, were arrested this week on aggravated murder charges in the death of 12-year-old Abdel Latif Bashiti

Police say the shooting happened as five boys — between the ages 14 and 16 — were standing outside a row of stores on Buckeye Road on the night of Nov. 24. 

Bashiti died from his injuries. According to witnesses, the boy had gone outside his father's beauty supply shop to see what was happening and was gunned down.

Police arrested one of the teen suspects —A.T. — on Monday.  A second 15-year-old — T.G. — was arrested Tuesday.

With the arrest of the second suspect, police said they are no longer looking for additional suspects.

Both teens are facing a slew of charges in connection with last week's shooting.  They have each been charged with one count of aggravated murder, one count of murder, five counts of attempted murder, 12 counts of felonious assault, and six counts of discharging a firearm.

T.G. was also charged with having weapons under disability due to a previous first-degree felony aggravated robbery charge from 2016.

According to court documents, T.G was given community service and did not serve time for the robbery.

The other boy — A.T. — has prior criminal trespassing and damaging charges, according to court documents.

The prosecutor's office filed a motion seeking to have both the teens tried as an adult. Due to the age of the teens, it is up to the juvenile court judge to approve the motion.

NOTE: Originally, News 5 published the name of one of the teens in an effort to help police locate the suspect. Now that the teen is in custody, and, since they are both juveniles, they will be referred to by their initials, unless they end up being charged as adults.