DESOTO (CBSDFW.COM) – A 17-year-old DeSoto teenager was found dead in an alley on Wednesday, police said.
The death of Jacorey Wilkerson is being treated as a homicide, police said. Investigators have not determined how the 17-year-old, who would have been a high school senior next year, died. Late Wednesday, Wilkerson’s family confirmed that police had arrested a suspect. Police confirmed this on Thursday morning, only saying that the 19-year-old suspect is now facing charges for the Wilkerson’s death.
Wilkerson’s bicycle was found not far from his body, between two houses in an alley in the 700 block of Priscilla Lane. A resident taking out some trash found the body around 7:00 a.m. on Wednesday morning.
Jacorey loved football and playing video games. Family members said that he was like a lot of other young people his age. “He would laugh, joke, play around. He was a lovable person. I don’t know why anyone would want to harm him,” said Jacorey’s cousin, Eunique Moore.
Police said that there was trauma to his body and a large amount of blood. Investigators believe the teenager may have died on Tuesday night.
Family members said that they are shocked. Jacorey’s aunt, Larhonda Cline, had a message for the attacker. “I would say you need to come forward, your conscience is going to make you come forward and God is in control. Everything done in the dark will come to the light. I’m a firm believer in that. You will be caught up to. I don’t know if you’re Jacorey’s friend, but this is senseless.”
Family members last saw Jacorey as he watched television at his grandmother’s home on Tuesday night.
While the teen was found near his bicycle, family members said that he worked for months cutting lawns, and had earned enough money to buy a car at the age of 16.
The Dallas County Medical Examiner is performing an autopsy.
This is only the second homicide in DeSoto this year. A police department spokesperson said that they are confident investigators will solve this case.