Melville shooting victim’s family seeks justice after suspect released


MELVILLE, La (KLFY) – Its been nearly five months since 15-year-old Travon Edwards was killed at the hands of a 12-year-old and the family of Travon is speaking out about how they feel justice hasn’t been served.

“Why is he back at home with his mother? Why is he not anywhere getting any kind of help?” said one of Travon’s family members who wished to not be identified.

These are many of the questions that Travon’s family has after his accused killer was released from a juvenile detention center on Monday, and the family says they want answers.

“We want to see justice get done,” said Travon’s family.

St. Landry Parish deputies found Travon’s body on the night of January 30 in a wooded area near First St. after the 12-year-old reportedly shot and left him for dead.

The suspect’s mother, 33-year-old Twanda Washington and his 15-year-old brother, were arrested in connection with the case and charged with obstruction of justice. The mother was additionally charged with two counts of contributing to the deliquency of a juvenile.

The 12-year-old was arrested and charged with negligent homicide, and now just shy of 5 months later, he’s been released and walking the streets.

“I feel that it’s unsafe for the kids to come outside and play,” said Travon’s family.

The family says just knowing that he’s back at home after what they see as an underserved jail sentence just worries them.

“He might do the same thing again,” said Travon’s family. “He can get away with murder again.”

The family says why the 12-year-old boy killed Travon still remains a mystery.

We reached out to the St. Landry Parish District Attorney, Earl Taylor, for comment, but he declined to speak about the case because it involves a juvenile.

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