2 charged with murder after 1-year-old killed in Christmas shooting in Chapel Hill

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (WNCN) – Two more men were arrested and charged with murder Monday just hours after a 1-year-old girl shot in Chapel Hill on Christmas Day died from her injuries, officials confirmed.


Maleah Williams was shot in the head after shots were fired from a vehicle leaving an apartment complex on Trinity Court just before 5:45 p.m. on Christmas, family members and police said.

Williams was transported to UNC Hospitals where she underwent surgery, but died on Monday.

One suspect was arrested Sunday and on Monday, two more men were charged — this time with first-degree murder, police said.

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Monday, Ramone Jamarr Alston, 22, was arrested by the U.S. Marshals Joint Fugitive Task Force. Alston has been charged with first-degree murder in connection with the shooting after being arrested in the 600 block of Jones Ferry Road in Carrboro, Chapel Hill Police said.

Also on Monday, a third suspect, Pierre Je Bron Moore, 23, was charged with first-degree murder after surrendering himself at the Chapel Hill Police Department.

Alston and Moore are being held without bond. They are expected in Orange County court Tuesday afternoon in Hillsborough.

A man who said he knew two of the suspects and the victim’s mother said, “It’s a messed up situation, especially at the holidays.”

He declined to give his name when speaking with WNCN Tuesday morning.

In addition to Tuesday’s scheduled appearance, both Moore and Alston had three court dates already scheduled in 2016. Moore has scheduled appearances on Jan. 11, Jan. 16, and April 18. Alston’s dates are set for Jan. 14, Jan. 20, and Jan. 25.

Alston is set to appear in court on various charges ranging from cruelty to animals to possession of stolen goods to failing to wear a seat belt.

Moore’s court appearances are for charges including resisting officers, drug charges, carrying a concealed weapon and driving without a license.

Moore and Alston both have prior convictions dating back to 2012. Moore was convicted in 2012 and 2014 of breaking and entering, as well as larceny.

Alston had convictions in 2012, 2013 and 2014 for crimes including drugs, eluding arrests, breaking and entering, and larceny.

The first suspect arrested, Shaquille O’Neill Davis, 22, was nabbed just before noon Sunday by the U.S. Marshals Joint Fugitive Task Force, Chapel Hill Police said.

Davis appeared in court Monday via video feed on charges of attempted first-degree murder and assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury.

The judge added two conditions Monday to Davis’ $650,000 bond – he must not have any contact with the victim’s family and he cannot possess a firearm.

He is scheduled to appear in court again Jan. 4 in relation to the Dec. 25 shooting.

Davis is scheduled to appear in Orange County court Jan. 15 on five unrelated charges ranging from drug possession/selling to probation violations.

RELATED: GoFundMe setup for Maleah

A collection of toys, candles and notes – praying for Maleah to get well, had been set up in the area near the apartment where she was shot.

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