ELIZABETH CITY, Va. (WAVY) — Elizabeth City police arrested two teenagers in connection to the murder of a 17-year-old found dead Monday morning.
Officers found Unique Travone Graham’s body facedown in shallow water at Camden Causeway Park after they got an anonymous tip Monday morning, according to investigators.
On Tuesday afternoon, police confirmed they arrested two Hertford teenagers in connection with the crime.
Eighteen-year-old Nahcier Brunson faces a first-degree murder charge, and 17-year-old Kamani Ames was charged with accessory after the fact, but his charge was later changed to first-degree murder.
10 On Your Side spoke to the victim’s grandmother, who said she wants people to remember her grandson the way his family will: as a typical teenager, who loved sports, got good grades, and wanted to go to college.
“We were close, very close,” said Robbin Graham, who knew her grandson by his nickname, Tray. “There’s definitely an empty spot in my heart and there always will be, now that Tray’s gone.”
Graham says Tray had been at her house Sunday, playing with his younger cousin and having dinner with the family.
“He hugged me twice before he left on Sunday afternoon, so we had a beautiful day,” she said. “Then I got a call yesterday morning, saying that he was missing.”
Around 2 p.m. that day, Graham found out her grandson died. Despite the arrests Tuesday, Graham says she still doesn’t understand why anyone would kill him.
“What in the world could make you so angry with my grandson that you would take his life? And then dump him in a river like he was a piece of trash? That really hurts.”
Graham said she’s not angry with the suspects, but she does want to see justice served. In the meantime, she’s leaning on her friends, family, and her Christian faith to see her through her grief.
“I’m going to hold these dear, precious memories that I have in my heart and that I have in my mind of my grandson, and I will never let those go,” she said.
Elizabeth City Police Captain John Young would not say whether the victim was known to the suspects, what might have motivated them, or if police are looking for anyone else in connection with the crime.
In a news release, he wrote that police are still in the process of investigating this incident and are asking anyone with any knowledge of this crime to contact the Elizabeth City Pasquotank County Crime Line at 335-5555 or the Elizabeth City Police Department Investigative Division at 335-4321.