ANNE ARUNDEL COUNTY, Md. (WJZ) — The Anne Arundel County police announced the arrest of two men in connection with a December murder where a 19-year-old was shot and killed at his home.
Marcus Washington has the details on the arrest.
Shar-Ron Mason’s grandfather says his grandson was on the right track. He was scheduled to attend Coppin State University in January on a football scholarship—then that December morning changed the lives of so many.
From the outside, the house is the stereotypical American dream: a brick home surrounded by a white picket fence. But what happened inside on December 10, 2013, became a nightmare for Mason’s family.
Police say Mason—who was scheduled to testify as a witness for the state in an assault charge—was definitely targeted.
“The investigation revealed that Mr. Mason was at home in his bedroom and was lured to the bedroom window, where he was shot,” said Police Captain Herbert Hasenpusch.
This past Friday, the two men—20-year-old Bashunn Phillips and 17-year-old Tymaine Phillips—were indicted on murder charges associated with Mason’s death.
“What a relief it was. Seems like everything lifted off my shoulders,” said his grandfather, Charles Brown.
And a relief for the community after a number of shootings prior to Mason’s death.
Since the shooting, it’s been extremely difficult for Brown, who lost his wife to cancer four months after his grandson was murdered in their home.
“I lost my whole family in six months and that’s been hard to do. It’s been hard to live with,” said Brown.
For 15 years, Brown said he and his family lived there but after the death of his grandson and then his wife, he can no longer live there.
“I don’t have anyone else so that’s it. It’s kind of hard dealing with that,” said Brown.
For this family and community, the healing process begins and Brown prays that forgiveness will follow.
“I can forgive easy. I just won’t forget but I can forgive them,” he said.
The 17-year-old indicted in this case is being tried as an adult. Police say his older brother is charged with murdering Mason.
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