Raleigh police have now charged 5 suspects with murder in death of 19-year-old woman

Five people have been charged with murder in the fatal October shooting of 19-year-old Taliyah Lanis Watson.

On Dec. 6, Raleigh police said two 17-year-old juveniles have been charged with Watson’s murder, bringing the number of people charged to five.

Officers responded to a shooting on Sawyer Road at 12:22 a.m. Oct. 21, and found Watson with serious injuries. She was taken to the hospital, where she died, police said.

The following have now been arrested and charged with murder:

  • Oct. 22: A’shante Freeman, 21, and Jordan Sanders, 23

  • Nov. 10: Kevon Terrell Hicks, 26

  • Dec. 6: 2 17-year-olds, whose names haven’t been released

The investigation into Watson’s death remains ongoing.

Jordan Sanders, 23, and A’Shante Freeman, 21, are both being charged with the murder of Taliyah Watson. Raleigh police officers said just after midnight Saturday morning the shooting happened in the 1300 block of Sawyer Road. ABC11
Jordan Sanders, 23, and A’Shante Freeman, 21, are both being charged with the murder of Taliyah Watson. Raleigh police officers said just after midnight Saturday morning the shooting happened in the 1300 block of Sawyer Road. ABC11

At the first court appearance for Freeman and Sanders last month, a judge ordered that the women be held without bail and have no contact with each other while in custody, reported ABC11, The News & Observer’s news partner.

Watson, whose family called her Leah, had been working at a Walmart in Raleigh for about a month when she was killed, according to ABC11. Fellow employees said she always walked around with a smile, the station reported.

Days after her death, family and friends released hundreds of balloons into the sky, shouting, “‘We love you, Taliyah!” and “For you baby girl. We gonna miss you, baby!”

Anyone with information is asked to visit Crimestoppers at www.p3tips.com/89 for anonymous reporting options, or call 919-996-1193.