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Two Teens Charged with Murder of U.S. Rep. Danny Davis’ Grandson in ‘Dispute Over Gym Shoes’

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JOSHUA LOTT/AFP/Getty

Two Chicago teens have been charged in the death of the 15-year-old grandson of U.S. Rep. Danny Davis, who authorities allege was killed Thursday in a “dispute over gym shoes,” according to multiple reports.

One 16-year-old boy and a 17-year-old girl have been charged with felony first-degree murder in the death of Javon Wilson, PEOPLE confirms. Although multiple outlets have identified the minors, a Chicago Police Department spokesperson would not reveal their names and PEOPLE has chosen not to publish their names.

In a statement posted to his Twitter account, Davis, a Democrat who has represented the 7th Congressional District of Illinois since 1997, wrote, “What could have prevented this tragedy? Better education, more supervis[ed] after school activity. Better parenting.”

The statement continued, “I grieve for my family. I grieve for the young man who pulled the trigger. I grieve for his family, his parents, his friends.”

JOSHUA LOTT/AFP/Getty
JOSHUA LOTT/AFP/Getty

The police spokesperson says Wilson was shot in the head following a “physical dispute” at his Englewood neighborhood home. Police allege the two teenagers forced their way into the home and, during the confrontation, one pulled out a gun and shot Wilson, NBC Chicago reports.

CPD spokesperson Anthony Guglielmi tweeted on Saturday that the shooting was “not random,” alleging the tragedy was a “dispute over gym shoes.”

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The suspects appeared in court on Sunday, the spokesperson says, and NBC reports that the suspects were denied bail. It is unclear whether the suspects have entered pleas and whether they have obtained lawyers.

Thanks to all that have contacted my family and staff. Please note the following and I appreciate your prayers during this difficult time,” Davis wrote in his statement.

“Unfortunately, this is another example of a fifteen year old with a gun who shouldn’t have never had it,” Davis wrote. “Where did the gun come from? How did he get it? And of course, he never should have had it.”