Police release sketches of teen killers wanted in fatal Hayward shooting


HAYWARD (KRON) — Police have released the composite sketches of three teens suspected of gunning down a Hayward High School student who aspired to join the U.S. Marine Corps.

On Tuesday, Hayward police released the drawings — depicting three Latino males, between 17-18 years old — in hopes that the public can help track down the suspects.

On Aug. 4 at about 1 a.m., the three suspects confronted Kionta Murphy, Jr., 17-year-old Hayward resident, and a teen girl in the area of Arf Avenue and Morningside Drive near the victim’s home, according to police Sgt. Ruben Pola.

After a brief conversation, one of the three suspects shot the teen and fled in a silver SUV.

The victim died at the scene a short time later. His friend was uninjured, Pola said.

Investigators have not released information surrounding the confrontation or a motive for the shooting. Murphy had no criminal record and no history of gang involvement, police said.

“It’s a senseless killing and we’re appealing to the public for help to find the suspects involved,” Pola said.

While the victim’s name has not been released, Pola said he was a “good student” at Hayward High School, where he played football and had no problems. He has been training to enter the U.S. Marine Corps, Pola said.

The first suspect is described as standing 5 feet 7 inches tall, has short black hair and was dressed in all black. The second was 5 feet 9 inches tall and weighs about 175 pounds and the third stands 5 feet 6 inches tall and weighs 150 pounds, Pola said.

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