September 3, 2014 at 1:00 am

Three charged in fatal shooting of French street artist in Detroit

Detroit— Three Detroiters have been charged in the homicide of French street artist Bilal Berreni, who was found shot to death in the city on July 29, 2013.

Prosecutor Kym Worthy has charged Jasin Reno Curtis, 18, Dionte Darryl Travis, 17, and Drequone Lamar Rich, 20, with felony murder, armed robbery, felon in possession of a firearm and felony firearm.

Berreni, 23, was living in Detroit at the time his body was discovered about 2:50 p.m. at St. Antoine and Alfred streets, near the old Brewster Projects.

Berreni had been shot in the head, according to the Wayne County Medical Examiner’s Office.

There were no forms of identification on his body. It took police until March to identify him using DNA and fingerprints.

Born in Paris' 20th arrondissement, Berreni began skillfully covering the walls of his neighborhood with murals at just 15 years old.

“It sickens me that a young, talented artist who had traveled the world to pursue his passion was murdered here, thus reinforcing the stereotypes for many about our city of Detroit,” Worthy said in a statement. “We will do everything that we possibly can under the law to bring the killers of Mr. Berreni to justice.”

According to Worthy, more facts and evidence that led to the arrest of the three suspects will be presented at their preliminary examination in 36th District Court on Sept. 11.

Curtis and Travis were arraigned on Aug. 29, while Rich was arraigned on Aug. 30.

Additionally, a 14-year-old boy was recently arrested and is expected to be charged Thursday in connection with the homicide. He was being held Wednesday in the Wayne County Juvenile Detention Facility.
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