Demarcus Jordan-Ellis, 17, was shot and killed Wednesday.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -
Metro police arrested a suspect Friday morning in the murder of a 17-year-old Hillsboro High School student earlier this week.
Jerome Stone, 20, was taken into custody around 10:15 a.m. at his 333 Rio Vista Drive apartment. Demarcus Jordan-Ellis was shot and killed Wednesday afternoon inside his home on Vanderhorst Drive, north of Nashville.
Stone was identified as the accused gunman after police located and interviewed the driver of a gold Chevrolet Impala witnesses had seen in front of Jordan-Ellis' home at the time of the homicide.
According to the car's owner, he drove Stone to Vanderhorst Drive so that he could buy marijuana from Jordan-Ellis.
The car's owner said that during the marijuana transaction, Stone pulled a gun on the victim and opened fired.
The car owner said as Stone emerged from the home, he heard the victim screaming.
He said Stone then reentered the residence and fired additional shots.
A warrant charging Stone with criminal homicide has been issued, police said.
The investigation is ongoing.
Ellis-Jordan's cousin said his family was relieved to hear about the arrest, but still struggling with grief.
"To hear that they had found someone it made us feel good of course when the details came out it was a deep blow," Tee Jordan said. "Today just picking out [Demarcus'] clothes for his funeral, the reality starts to hit and you realize we aren't going to see our baby anymore."
Ellis-Jordan is the latest Hillsboro High School student to be killed in off campus violence.
In November 2010 Michael Walker Jr. was killed in an alley near South Douglas Avenue. Walker was Ellis-Jordan's cousin and close friend. His murderer has not been arrested.
"It is going to take community leaders and pastors to come together to knock this out," Jordan said. "With the youth these days they think to get accepted you have to be a killer or a drug dealer and that's not what life is about at all."
Jordan plans to hold a rally in the future to bring community leaders and victims' families together to talk about the problem of juvenile violence in Nashville.
"We have to wrap our arms around our kids and show them better than what the people on the street are showing them." she said.
The funeral for Ellis-Jordan is scheduled for 7 p.m. Monday at Mt. Zion Baptist Church, located at 2261 Murfreesboro Pike.
Family visitation will begin at the church at 6 p.m. Monday.