Three members of a Latino Redlands gang have been arrested and charged with murder in the shooting deaths of two Redlands teenagers on Jan. 5, 2011.
Shanita Williams, left, mother of Quinn McCaleb, is consoled by Gail Howard, after attending a press conference on Monday in Redlands. The San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office has filed murder charges against three defendants arrested in the connection of a January 2011 shooting that killed Quinn McCaleb and Andrew Jackson and wounded two others. A fourth defendant was also charged with accessory after the fact. Gail’s son Jordan Howard was injured in the shooting.
The three suspects have been charged as adults with first-degree murder and special allegations, police said. A 28-year-old man was charged with accessory after the fact to first-degree murder.
Relatives of the slain and wounded teens attended the news conference at Redlands City Hall where the arrests were announced, and some gasped as the suspects’ names were read.
Shanita Williams McCaleb, Quinn McCaleb’s mother, said she recognized Adrian Powers’ name, but did not know him. She had heard her son and his friends talking about “all the altercations and problems occurring with this individual,” she said.
She said she still had confidence that police would make arrests in the case, even after the first-year anniversary of the killings came and went.
“I never gave up the faith that we would be here,” McCaleb said. “These boys were loved too much for it to go unsolved. I had faith in that.”