Suspect in death of Tacoma teen shot Friday turns himself in

Staff writerOctober 14, 2013 

A 19-year-old man investigators had been looking for as a suspect in the Friday shooting of a Tacoma teenager who died turned himself in Monday, police spokeswoman Loretta Cool said.

The suspect was booked into jail on suspicion of first-degree manslaughter.

Tacoma police said 17-year-old Jalon Bea died at the hospital after he was shot about 4 p.m. at South 43rd and South G streets.

He was with a group of people, one loud shot was heard and then part of the group took Jalon to the hospital after realizing he had been shot, investigators said.

Police had not released further details Monday about the circumstances of the shooting.

"He was a great young man. Aspiring to do great things," said Jackie Bea, who identified herself as Jalon's mother, in an email to The News Tribune. "We lost a great one but heaven gained a prince."

A rally to celebrate Jalon's life will be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Lincoln Park in Tacoma, which is at South Thompson Avenue and South 37th Street.

He was part of the Lincoln High School football team, and attended Bates Technical College, according to a release about the gathering.

The News Tribune does not generally name suspects until they have been charged with a crime.

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