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17-year-old arrested in Alabama Christian Academy student‘s shooting death

Published: Jul. 21, 2021 at 3:37 PM CDT|Updated: Jul. 21, 2021 at 3:45 PM CDT
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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WSFA) - Montgomery police have charged a 17-year-old in connection to a recent homicide investigation.

Daiyon El-Amin, 17, is charged with capital murder in the shooting death of 17-year-old Leiah Holmes.

Leiah was a rising senior at Alabama Christian Academy before she was fatally shot on July 12. At a school vigil, her father Christopher Holmes said he hoped police will “find whoever did this.”

Following Wednesday’s arrest, Holmes said the suspect was actually at his daughter’s vigil. He said he believes the teen went to Alabama Christian Academy with Leiah and that the two had briefly dated.

Police did not release the motive or other information but said the suspect was taken into custody by U.S. marshals on Wednesday. He is now in the Montgomery County Detention Facility.

The investigation is still ongoing.

In the meantime, the family is asking for prayers for both themselves and the suspect’s mother.

A GoFundMe account has also been set up for Leiah’s family.

“I mean, under the circumstances, as well as, as well as I can be. I mean lots of prayer, lots of just, just trying to get through it mentally,” Holmes said after Wednesday’s arrest.

The Holmes family says there will be a funeral at Southside Church of Christ on Friday.

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