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Man charged in fatal shooting at Tacoma motel arrested in Oregon

The U.S. Marshals Service has arrested a man wanted for a fatal Tacoma shooting.

It was unclear Wednesday when Raphael Smith, 32, will be extradited to Pierce County to be arraigned for the death of Kevin Young. Smith was taken into custody in Portland.

Prosecutors this summer charged Smith with first-degree murder and first-degree robbery in connection with the Aug. 20 shooting at the King Oscar Motel.

Co-defendants Brandi Rye, 27, Marcus Boykin, 30, and Aron Skaro, 32, have pleaded not guilty to the same charges.

Prosecutors allege the group tried to rob Young, 41, of drugs and money while he was spending time with his girlfriend in the motel on South Hosmer Street.

Rye was once held in the Pierce County Jail with Young’s girlfriend, according to court documents.

Witnesses reported seeing Rye in a car with two men outside the motel room. Another man then allegedly pulled up to speak with the men before the pair walked toward the motel room.

One wore a mask and carried a shotgun.

Skaro told police Boykin and Smith committed the robbery and shooting but admitted being involved, court records show.

Young allegedly gave the robbers $30 he’d withdrawn from an ATM machine earlier that night but was shot in the stomach during an argument. He later died at a local hospital.

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