2 teenagers arrested in death of Pennsylvania track star gunned down in driveway

Byron Vinson, 15, left, and Taron Small, 16, were arrested in connection with the murder of an 18-year-old Kristian Marche.

(Philadelphia Police)

Two teens were reportedly arrested hours except Wednesday in connection with the murder of a Pennsylvania high school track star, who was gunned down outside his home, just a few days before he was set to start classes at Penn State University on a full-ride scholarship.

Byron Vinson, 15, and Taron Small, 16, were charged with murder and criminal conspiracy in the death of the 18-year-old Kristian Marche.

Marche was shot dead outside his home Aug. 13 in what police initially called a “targeted attack.”


— MARCHE (@2kmarche) 30 May 2016

The police said Marche heard of people trying to break into the house of the family that day, and two times into contact with the teens he investigated the sounds. Marche turned his back to the pair and started to walk away when Small allegedly fired the fatal shot, the officials said.

Marche was hit in the head and died in a hospital in less than a day later.

Murder Lt. Norman Davenport told FOX29 was there “a number of encounter” between the Marche and the defendant, but the nature of the relationship is unclear.

Marche, a runner at Imhotep Charter School and a wide receiver for the football team had been scheduled to leave for State College, Pennsylvania, the day after the shooting.

The university said Marche finished second in the 100 meter sprint on the 2017 Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association state championships, third in 2016 and the fourth in 2018.

One of Marche trainers, Jerome Lowery, described him as “always a loving person.”

“One of the first things he would do when he would come home to his mother and ask her how her day was,” Lowery told the running news web site PennTrackXC.

A GoFundMe page has been set up as a scholarship fund in le Marche’s name.

Fox News’ Greg Norman and the Associated Press contributed to this report.

Lucia I. Suarez Sang a Reporter for Follow her on Twitter @luciasuarezsang

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