Man suspected of murdering 6-year-old Ohio girl arrested in Hermitage

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CLEVELAND, Ohio (ABC/WKRN) — The man suspected of fatally shooting a sleeping six-year-old girl in Cleveland, Ohio last month was taken into custody in Nashville, authorities said.

Lyric Lawson was asleep on a couch when bullets from a semi-automatic rifle pierced through her house at about 1 a.m. on Oct. 5, police revealed. She was rushed to a hospital where she was later pronounced dead.

Raysean Howard, 21, was arrested Wednesday morning in Hermitage. Investigators said he was hiding in an attic, but they have not provided additional details.

Raysean Howard (Courtesy: Metro Nashville Police Department)

Other people are believed to be “directly” involved in Lyric’s death and investigators are “following up as we speak on those other individuals,” police said at a news conference Wednesday.

“We do believe that this was some continued violence or intimidation directed at someone else. We don’t think this was random, we do believe someone else was targeted at that home,” police explained.

“This is a continuing investigation,” Cleveland Police Chief Calvin Williams added. “We are by no means done.”

Lyric’s aunt, Corday Lawson, said she was “so happy” to learn of the arrest. She didn’t expect it to take over one month, but she told ABC News, “I’m just grateful it didn’t take longer.”

PHOTO: Flowers left on the porch of a home in Cleveland where a six-year-old girl was shot in the head and killed as she slept, Oct. 5, 2019.
Flowers left on the porch of a home in Cleveland where a six-year-old girl was shot in the head and killed as she slept, Oct. 5, 2019.

“I just want everyone to remember her as the fun loving tomboy/girly girl she was,” Lawson added.

“She was beautiful inside and out,” she said, adding that Lyric’s older and younger sisters are “missing her every day.”

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