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Teen facing murder charge in Henderson drug shooting ID’d

One of two teenagers accused of murder in a drug shooting last week in Henderson has been identified in court records.

Henderson police have said two boys, 16 and 17, as well as a man, 22, face murder charges in the Friday morning shooting on the 300 block of Bright Sumac Court, near Boulder Highway and Greenway Road. The shooting appeared to have a drug connection, and it left 20-year-old Antoine Young Jr. dead and two others injured, police said.

Officers identified the man as Joseph DeFrancisco, and Henderson Justice Court records indicate he has a co-defendant named Tahj Simeus. Clark County Detention Center booking information shows Simeus, 16, was booked Tuesday on charges of murder, conspiracy to attempt robbery and attempted robbery.

Police said one of the two hospitalized was suspected of murder, although the identity of that person remained unclear.

A Henderson Police Department spokesman declined to confirm Simeus as a suspect in the homicide and referred comment to the district attorney’s office.

Prosecutors charged him Wednesday, and he has an arraignment scheduled for 9 a.m. Thursday, according to court records.

The shooting marked the sixth homicide investigation in Henderson this year.

Contact Mike Shoro at mshoro@reviewjournal.com or 702-387-5290. Follow @mike_shoro on Twitter.

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