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2 teens charged with murder and robbery in double homicide in Shively

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SHIVELY, Ky. (WDRB) -- Two teenagers were arrested Tuesday in connection with a double homicide from last week.

Two men were shot and killed Thursday in a car along Appleton Lane in Shively.

Sgt. Josh Myers with Shively Police says Marquice Hamilton, 18, and Brian Hutchings, 18, are charged with two counts of murder, two counts of robbery, and one count of tampering with physical evidence.

“We have reason to believe at this time that the two suspects were meeting the two victims for the purpose of purchasing some marijuana,” Sgt. Myers said.

The victims were identified as Kamal Lawson, 20, and Jermaine Simmons, 26.

Lawson was a longtime member of West End Baptist Church in Louisville, where he was an usher.

Rev. Dartanya Hill described Lawson as “strong but quiet,” as well as “likeable and smart”.

Hill says Lawson played football at Central High School.

“I was shocked. Just kind of not understanding how he could be connected to such a violent incident,” Hill said. “We mourned Sunday because of his loss.”

Hill says the arrests provide some closure for Lawson’s family.

“These are Godly people who want to do right, who love the Lord, and I think that these arrests relieve them of some of the pain of such a tragic loss,” Hill said.

Police say no additional arrests are expected in the investigation.

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