Police arrest teen for murder, retaliation for brother's death

Demetrius Hackett, charged with murder

Syracuse police have arrested a teenager for a murder that was apparently in retaliation for another murder.

19-year-old Demetrius Hackett, of 110 Helen Street, is charged with murdering Chance Gathers on March 23. Gathers was shot while standing on a porch at 157 Kenmore Avenue. Chief Frank Fowler says the murder appears to be in retaliation for the murder of Demetrius Hackett's brother Pierre Hackett last summer.

Pierre Hackett was walking with two children and a man on Merriman Avenue near Kellogg Street August 1st when he was shot. The children and the other man were not hurt.

Chief Fowler says Gathers was a possible suspect in that murder. That murder remains an open case. The chief says it's unclear though whether the murders are gang related.

Martha Haynes who lives at the home on Kenmore Avenue where Gathers was gunned down said she was pleased to learn of the arrest. "These kids ought to realize when they take one kid out...they are wrecking two families. Not only their family but another family is torn apart too. So I'm pleased with the arrest they made today." Haynes told CNY Central's Jim Kenyon

Hackett faces charges of second degree murder and criminal possession of a weapon. He is scheduled to be back in court on April 13 for a preliminary hearing.