3rd Suspect Arrested in Teen Mother’s Murder

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EAST CLEVELAND, Ohio --

Three people are now behind bars in connection with the shooting death of teenage mother, Dena-jua Delaney, 18. East Cleveland police say they are still searching for more suspects.

"I'm happy and hope they stay in jail for their lives. They can rot in jail for all I care," said Delaney’s sister Quinnetta Taylor.

"My baby is gone over some real senseless, some real senseless stuff man. The younger generation, they just don't have the values to care anymore, everybody wanna be a gangsta," said Delaney’s father Evans Delaney.

East Cleveland police say the man that pulled the trigger, 18-year-old Robert Robinson, turned himself in Friday night. Delaney was shot in the face, just below her eye.

"We didn't really know (Robert Robinson), but we knew people he knew," said Taylor.

"Apparently he hangs around the Hough area and 117th area. He's a known gang member, affiliation of a gang called the Eskimoes," said East Cleveland detective Scott Gardner.

Police say the shooting on Garfield Road Wednesday afternoon stemmed from an argument Delaney was involved in the day before.

“It was, like, petty," said Taylor.

"Just friends, boyfriend/girlfriend type thing. We're not exactly sure, but we are sure that the family was either targeted or had a little bit to do with this," said East Cleveland Police Chief Ralph Spotts.

The friction developed into a street fight and Delaney's sisters say they went to the area to see what was happening. Then, a car with five people inside pulled up.

"We were turning around about to go back to the house, and like, this girl started hollerin', and people, they shot outside the car window. We was running, and they all stopped, like, 'Bubs got shot,' ” said Taylor.

Detectives say shots were fired in many directions by as many as five different people.

"The drivers, the shooters, the people who participated and egged on and incited, some of those folks are going to go away for a long time," said East Cleveland Mayor Gary Norton, Jr.

Delaney's family says even though they are getting a lot of support, and suspects are in custody, their pain is still raw.

"I'm happy that people care, but it's not gonna bring my sister back...it still hurt bad," Taylor said.

"Start just trying to work things out other than pulling guns, 'cause this could've been worked out," said Evans Delaney.

Dena-jua Delaney leaves behind a 7-month-old son. She will be laid to rest Monday afternoon.

East Cleveland police say surveillance cameras at a nearby school recorded the incident, and a red-light camera took video of the suspect’s car speeding away from the scene.

Detectives say that helped them identify who was involved.

Anyone with information about the crime or the whereabouts of Robert Robinson should call East Cleveland police at (216) 681-2162.

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