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Teen's accused murderer may be connected to another murder

Kwasi Corbin (SOURCE: Facebook) Kwasi Corbin (SOURCE: Facebook)
Myneshia Johnson (Source: Facebook) Myneshia Johnson (Source: Facebook)

The man who admitted to shooting and killing high school senior Myneshia Johnson has been walking the streets for almost a year despite being wanted by police.

Kwasi Corbin, 19, had three active warrants in Shelby County and charges against him in Southaven. These run-ins with the law have many Mid-Southerners asking why the 19-year-old was allowed to roam the streets and kill an innocent teenager.

Corbin has multiple warrants and police reports dating back to July 2015. Neighbors said he is a troubled kid with a violent past.

"He was always quick to fight, quick tempered," one neighbor said.

The question many want an answer to is why it took him allegedly murdering a high school senior for Memphis police to finally put him behind bars.

"A lot of these young people are mobile and a lot of these individuals who know they have warrants are mobile," Mike Williams, Memphis Police Association president, said.

Williams said many people have warrants in Shelby County and law enforcement is always actively working to track down those individuals.

"A lot of people who are out there in the community, they know these people have warrants and they can turn them in but they won't," Williams said.

In July 2015, a woman Corbin knew told police that Corbin beat her and pulled her hair as she was walking down the street. Just two months later, Corbin's ex-girlfriend told police that Corbin punched her and even threatened to kill her.

Four months later, in November 2015, Corbin's child's mother told police that he had come to her residence because he wanted a backpack. He eventually got into an argument with her and punched her.

In March 2016, a different ex-girlfriend said Corbin showed up at her residence and attacked her because she wanted to break up with him. That girl's uncle said the law needs to deal with Corbin.

"She went down there and pressed charges, so whatever the law feels need to happen, let the law deal with it," the uncle said.

Although Corbin had multiple warrants out on him, there are no arrest in Shelby County for him as an adult until he was locked up after he admitted to killing Johnson.

We do know he spent time behind bars in Southaven. We are still working to find out more about those charges.

Corbin linked to another murder?

As police continue to investigate the murder of Johnson, records show he may be linked to another murder from December 2015 where a man was shot and killed near Robin Hood Lane and Philsdale Avenue. It's another murder that left another community and another family in grief.

A police report names Corbin and his brother, Sharka Corbin, as suspects in the March 2016 shooting of Dewayne Green. According to the report, the brothers followed Green and harassed him. The report also said Green was in the same car with Kwasi Corbin when he was shot.

"They looked for him plenty of times, but they couldn't find him," the victim's mother, Geraldine Green, said.

Green said she believes Kwasi Corbin has ties to her son's murder and she's happy to see him finally behind bars. But, she wants to know why it took so long to catch him after he had such a violent past and has been on the run from police since last July.

"It should have never went this far," Green said. "He was doing too much out there and he stayed into everything."

Has violence impacted Memphis tourism?

With the homicide number rising to 91, some Memphians are concerned that the violence is impacting tourism in the Bluff City.

Tourists such as Tim Moore and his wife, who are visiting Memphis from North Carolina, said even after the high-profile downtown shooting at Second Avenue and Peabody Place this past weekend, it never occurred to him that Memphis was too dangerous to visit.

"Who knows who's going to pull up in a car with an assault rifle," Moore said. "No, I never even thought, never even crossed my mind. Until this moment when you started talking to me, we felt very safe."

Kevin Kane, with the Memphis Convention and Visitors Bureau, said Moore's attitude toward Memphis crime is similar to what most people think of the city.

"We do a lot of research," Kane said. "Nationally, nobody has the perception that Memphis is a dangerous and unsafe city. This is really a local issue, that's obviously getting a lot of play here locally--as it should."

But so far, it hasn't affected tourism downtown at all.

"We're having record number of tourists this year," Kane said. "Hotels are full. I mean, there's no conventions canceling. There's no people saying we've got to stay away from Memphis."

However, Kane and others in the local tourism industry, including hotel managers, the Beale Street Merchants Association, and restaurant owners, are talking regularly to ensure the perception of Memphis doesn't change. After all, perception is reality when it comes to tourism.

"We've got to come up with some solutions," Kane said. "And I think everybody's banding together to try to do that."

He said more police probably isn't that solution. He said even having an officer on every corner couldn't have stopped the bullet that killed Johnson on Saturday night.

"If you look at the number of police officers that are deployed to this area, it's probably the highest concentration of law enforcement officers," Kane said. "So, should we do more? Maybe. But is that the only answer? I don't think so."

Tim Moore said even if he had known about the 91 homicides in Memphis so far this year, it probably wouldn't have stopped him from coming. It just would have affected where he would go once he got to Memphis.

"Probably not the decision to come, because there's things here that you would consider -- I would think -- would be safe," Moore said.

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