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Louisville Metro Police arrest two men accused of murdering 1-year-old

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Ne'riah Miller Ne'riah Miller
Cierra Miller-Twyman Cierra Miller-Twyman
Connie McFarland Connie McFarland
Michael Dunn (Source: Louisville Metro Corrections) Michael Dunn (Source: Louisville Metro Corrections)
Trey Anderson (Source: Louisville Metro Corrections) Trey Anderson (Source: Louisville Metro Corrections)
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Police say they've arrested two men who are responsible for the death of a 1-year-old girl last week.

During a press conference Tuesday morning, Lt. Todd Kessinger of the LMPD Homicide Unit confirmed that the weekend arrests of Trey Anderson and Michael Dunn were in connection with the fatal shooting of 1-year-old Ne-riah Miller last Wednesday, as well as the shooting of Miller's mother, Cierra Miller-Twyman, who remains hospitalized.

Both men have been charged with murder, attempted murder and wanton endangerment.

Police say Miller and her mother were sitting on the front porch of their home last Wednesday afternoon in the 100 block of S. 37th Street, when the shooter ran up the front steps and opened fire, killing Ne'riah and seriously injuring Cierra. 

Ne'riah is now the 35th homicide in Louisville this year, but her age and innocence is prompting something the other 34 did not. Religious leaders say the baby's murder is an indication that the violence problem in West Louisville has hit a new low. 

Did they know each other?

LMPD is not saying if or how the suspects and victims knew each other, but WDRB News has discovered that Trey Anderson and Cierra Twyman attended Iroquois High School together, with Twyman graduating in 2012 and Anderson graduating in 2013.

According to multiple sources at the Iroquois, Anderson was a starter on the basketball team and was a “bright” student. But they said he also struggled with what to do after graduation and had a hard time finding a job, while some of his teammates went on to college. A former teacher , now retired, said he had spoken with Anderson recently.

“I'm stunned and saddened to hear about this,” said the former teacher, who did not want to be identified. “He was a good kid when I had him in class and he was a talented basketball player, too.”

Community leaders call for justice

Community activist minister Jerald Muhammad called on the men in the community to unite and work on a solution to the violence. He said the problem is largely rooted in the male population, as they are usually the perpetrators. He also said there is a lack of involvement by fathers, creating an unstable home life for developing children.

"That's where our focus is: that we're that reckless in our madness that we shoot an innocent child," said minister Jerald Muhammad. "I mean, every man who is a father or potential father should be outraged."

Witnesses and family members say that the shooter was with a group of men. They say the men were hanging out on the street in front of the house before the shooting took place.

"These young men who did this shooting, they have mothers, fathers, teachers, someone failed them along the line," Muhammad said.

"A lot of people know who is responsible for the shooting," said LMPD Lt. Todd Kessinger. "In my opinion, there's not much difference in the person that pulled the trigger, or the person that knows and keeps that information to themselves."

The victims' family pleads for justice

"Please, whoever did this, please turn yourself in," said Sherrie Miller, Ne'riah's grandmother. "You killed an innocent baby."

Family of the victims have said they believe the shooter wasn't targeting Ne'riah or her mother, Cierra Miller-Twyman, who remains at University Hospital. There is no word on her condition.

Instead of starting on the streets, one family member -- Connie McFarland, Miller's cousin -- wants to take the fight to lawmakers in Frankfort. The result she is asking for may raise some eyebrows.

"You pull a trigger, you take a life, you gonna give your life," she said. "No 20 years. No 30 years."

McFarland is now collecting signatures on a petition to take to lawmakers in Frankfort. This is the second family member she has lost to gun violence in the last 18 months, and she believes stiffer penalties would be a major deterrent.

"I got the knock at the door, everybody else is going to get their turn if we don't stop it...we all going to get that knock at the door."

Anyone with information is asked to call the LMPD crime tipline at 574-LMPD.

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