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3 charged in fatal shooting of Memphis civic leader

MEMPHIS, Tennessee. – Three people are charged in connection with the deadly shooting of a civic leader and former executive airline in Memphis, Tennessee.

Memphis police said on Twitter late Saturday that the 22-year-old McKinney Wright, 18-year-old Quandarius Richardson and a 16-year-old have been charged with first-degree murder in the perpetration of a robbery and especially aggravated robbery in the shooting of Philip Trenary.

It was not immediately known early Sunday, if they have lawyers.

Trenary was the president and CEO of the Greater Memphis Chamber of Commerce. He was shot Thursday evening in the vicinity of where the room was the holding of the annual “Move it Memphis”, race, in the vicinity of a large apartment complex and not far from the historic Beale Street.

The 64-year-old Trenary was also the former head of Pinnacle Airlines. An Oklahoma native, he is acclaimed for his work in his adopted city of Memphis.

The police said Trenary was only when someone approached him and shot him. They said a white Ford F150 truck was identified as leaving the crime scene.

Officers on Friday chased a truck matching the description of the vehicle that drove away after Trenary was shot. The police said that the truck was stolen.

Richardson was arrested on charges of theft after the truck he was driving collided with other vehicles during the chase, police said.

According to the statements of Wright and the 16-year-old, Richardson and Wright talked about potential robbery targets as they drove around downtown Memphis the night Trenary was shot, a police statement said.

Trenary founded Exec Express Airlines in Stillwater, Oklahoma, in 1984. The company moved to Texas and was renamed Lone Star Airlines in 1987.

He came to Memphis in 1997 for running a regional airline that changed in Pinnacle, a $1 billion, 7,700-employee regional airline operator.

Trenary responsible for the acquisition and integration of Colgan Air in 2007 and Mesaba Airlines in 2010 for the left Peak in 2011.

He was appointed president and CEO of the Greater Memphis Chamber of Commerce in 2014 and accompany the start of the room, the Chairman of the Circle, a group of more than 100 leaders from the business community to strengthen the economy of the Memphis region.

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