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Arrest made in fourth homicide of the year in Manatee

BRADENTON -- A 20-year-old man has been charged with murder in the fourth homicide of the year, Manatee County sheriff’s officials reported today.

Kenya Cox, 19, was found sprawled on the pavement by deputies on Friday night in the 1700 block of 27th Avenue East after his aunt called 911. He had been shot once in the head, an arrest warrant shows, and was pronounced dead at the scene.

Kwame Henri was booked into the Manatee County Jail on Monday. He is being held without bond.

According to his arrest warrant, witnesses said a purple Pacifica left the area at a high rate of speed after the gunshot rang out. Another vehicle pulled out from the house where Cox was found shot and went after the SUV.

According to Henri’s arrest warrant, Cox had driven to Henri’s house in the 1700 block of 27th Avenue East. Henri and his brother were inside a gray Cadillac parked outside the home.

The men got out of the car and began to talk, the warrant says. After about 10 minutes, Henri and Cox were about to leave when the two men began to wrestle, the warrant states.

Henri’s brother thought they were “playing around,” but then he heard a shot and Cox fell, the warrant states.

The brother said Henri was holding a .357 revolver “that he knows to be Kwame’s gun,” according to the warrant.

Henri drove off in the purple Pacifica to the Woodwinds apartment complex in Bradenton, where he left the car. Bradenton police found the vehicle Sunday morning.

The sheriff’s office “attempted to contact Kwame Henri over the phone with the assistance of his family and were unsuccessful,” the warrant states.

The sheriff’s office obtained the warrant for Henri’s arrest on Monday. Henri was arrested “without incident,” a media release said.

Cox’s death marked the fourth homicide in Manatee County this year. Henri’s arrest is the first arrest the sheriff’s office has made in connection to any of the homicides.

On Jan. 9, Ina Gross, 78, was found dead by her 57-year-old son, Tom, in the garage of her home in the 11000 block of Hyacinth Place in Lakewood Ranch. The sheriff’s office said her homicide was not random.

On Jan. 6, Christopher S. Stokes, 22, was shot dead inside an abandoned house in the 500 block of 28th Avenue West, Bradenton.

On Jan. 1, Rashawn Scott, 26, was shot dead inside a rooming house in the 2300 block of Fifth Avenue Drive East, Palmetto.

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