- The Washington Times - Monday, May 17, 2004

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A 14-year-old boy was arrested in the slaying of his 11-year-old cousin, whose body was found in an apartment trash bin, police said yesterday.

The teenager, whose name was not released, was arrested Sunday night at a home near where Bryan Lockley’s body was found Saturday, said police Capt. Kenneth Garner. The teen was raised with Bryan and often lived in the same apartment in a rough South Los Angeles neighborhood.

“They’re very close by all accounts,” Capt. Garner said. “We do know that they had had some rivalry in the past, and so that may play a part in this.”

The teen had not gone home since the shooting, but police didn’t say what led them to the youth.

Outside the complex where Bryan lived, a makeshift memorial of candles, flowers and a banner was set up yesterday.

People in the area said they were stunned by the brutality of the killing.

“It’s unbelievable that it would happen like that,” said Bruce Edwards, 41, who runs a market nearby. “Everyone around here is walking with a question mark above their heads.”

Bryan’s body was found by a woman digging through the apartment’s trash bin looking for recyclables. Police said he died of a single shotgun wound to the chest. Detectives were searching for the gun, Capt. Garner said.

Bryan, a sixth-grader at Bret Harte Middle School, was a “good kid,” Capt. Garner said. He was last seen playing basketball in the neighborhood about midday Saturday and trying to find someone who would give him money to buy french fries.

His mother, Francine Lockley, was to be reunited with him that day after graduating from a treatment program for addicts. Instead, she returned home to find her apartment filled with police officers.

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