Two juveniles arrested in the death of Stanley Freeman Jr.

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Stanley Freeman Jr., 16, was shot and killed Feb. 12, 2021.

Two juveniles, one 14 and one 16, have been arrested and charged with first-degree murder in the shooting of Stanley Freeman Jr., an Austin East Magnet High School student who was killed last month while leaving school.

Knoxville police and Knox County District Attorney General Charme Allen made the announcement during a press conference.

Knoxville Police Chief Eve Thomas said when Freeman was leaving school they shot repeatedly at the car he was driving.

“They fired multiple rounds into the vehicle,” she said.

The two juveniles had been previously arrested on attempted first-degree murder charges for another shooting incident that occurred on Cherry Street, authorities said.

Freeman, who was 16, was shot and killed last month.

He is one of three other teens who have been slain due to gun violence in over a two-month period.

Thomas said at this point they do not know why the teens fired into Freeman’s vehicle.

“We haven’t been able to come up with a motive at this point,” she said.

All the teens killed have been Austin East students. The latest was Jamarion “Lil Dada” Gillette, 15. 

Gillette was found last week by a woman on Cherokee Trail who took him to UT Medical Center, where he later succumbed to his injuries.

On Jan. 27, 15-year-old Justin Q. Taylor was shot and killed. A 17-year-old boy was charged with criminally negligent homicide for his death. 

On Feb. 12, Freeman was shot and killed while he was driving away from the school. Shots were fired in the area of Tarleton Avenue and he was struck by gunfire before fleeing the scene and crashing on Wilson Avenue.

Fifteen-year-old  Jamaira Muhammad, a freshman at Austin-East Magnet High School, was shot near the intersection of Cherry Street and Selma Avenue. Despite efforts to treat her wounds at the scene by KPD officers she was later pronounced dead at a local hospital.

Thomas said there were no links between any of the shootings.

“There is no joy today,” she said. “These are children that have been forever changed… We have a serious problem in Knoxville. We need to work together to stop this.”