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Arrests made in New Haven teen's murder

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Torrence (T.J.) Gamble (family photo) Torrence (T.J.) Gamble (family photo)
NEW HAVEN, CT (WFSB) -

A little more than one year after losing a 16-year-old to gun violence, a grieving family gets a little closure.

Earlier this week New Haven police charged three people in the shooting death of Torrence (T.J.) Gamble, and now his relatives are thanking those detectives for their dedication.

It has been 15 months since Gamble was gunned down.

“I miss my baby every day,” said Gamble’s birth mother Adrienne Carmin. "The sad part about this is that it was kids, children."

On April 3, 2014, Gamble was shot in the head on Daggett Street. He was a student at New Haven’s Riverside Academy.

Police arrested three individuals, including two 17-year-olds from New Haven, one of whom is the alleged shooter.

"These boys are looking for something at the wrong place. My baby's life was taken senselessly. I ask these fathers, grab their sons, teach their sons, love their sons. They're looking for something and they're not getting it from home,” Carmin said.

The third suspect is 22-year-old John Helwig of Milford who goes by the nickname “White Boy.”
He was charged with conspiracy to commit murder and criminal liability on the acts of another.

"I would also like to thank the family for believing in us and having the faith in us on a difficult case, I hope this brings some closure,” said New Haven Detective Lt. Herb Johnson.

The family said justice might have been delayed but the detectives wouldn’t be denied.

Sheena Campbell-Maebry, the woman who raised Gamble, said she wanted to ask the suspects if the shooting was worth it.

“We as a family say no it really wasn't. Though we may go to the grave to see TJ, I have no anger, no bitterness, no hatred. I will continue to pray for these three young men,” she said.

The arrest warrants are sealed per a court order and police have not provided many details.

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