Continued from page 1

But she described Caviness-Bey as a positive person who was always smiling and said he had a job and comes from a good family with two working parents. She did not know what kind of supervision he received from DYRS.

“Even though they’re in [DYRS], they still end up getting in trouble,” she said.

The status of D.H., who remains in the juvenile system, could not be determined. The parents of Al-Akbar were not available for comment.

Of the murder, and the failed rehabilitation of Caviness-Bey — and, apparently, D.H. — Mr. Graham, in whose ward the killing took place, said, “It is indeed a tragic and sad case for all families involved.”