2 men arrested in connection to 2017 death of 2-year-old

Two arrested in connection with toddler's death

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - Memphis police have arrested two men in the 2017 death of a toddler.

Laylah Washington, 2, was shot in a bout of road rage while riding in the backseat of her mother’s car last year. She died days later on June 13, 2017.

2 arrested in connection to girl's death

Tylan McCray, 21, was arrested Friday night and charged with first degree murder, 3 counts of criminal attempt felony to witness first degree murder, employing a firearm during commission of a dangerous felony, and possession of a controlled substance.

Brandon McCray, 19, was also arrested and charged as an accessory to the murder of Laylah.

Tylan McCray (Left), Brandon McCray (Right)
Tylan McCray (Left), Brandon McCray (Right)

The arrests come after a Crime Stoppers tip helped police.

Police investigated for months, determining Tylan had been arrested with a gun similar to the one used in Layla’s murder.

Also, Brandon drove his grandmother’s black Kia Forte that was similar to the car seen on surveillance video.

According to police, Tylan admitted he fired shots into Washington’s car and Brandon admitted to driving him away from the scene.

Terry Washington, Laylah’s uncle, cried when he received the news about the arrests.

“Tears came to my eyes, it wasn’t from sadness it was from happiness,” said Washington.

Memphis Police Department released the following statement regarding the arrest:

The Memphis Police Department would like to thank everyone that played a part in helping bring justice to those responsible for the senseless killing of Laylah Washington. For more than a year, our investigators have worked long and hard to ensure justice for Laylah. This holiday season, the Washington family and all Memphians affected by this senseless killing can find some level of comfort in knowing that those responsible have been arrested and will answer for their actions.

“I won’t sit up here and tell you I hate your guts, but I can’t do that. This is just coming from me, not coming from my sister or anybody else, this is just me speaking -- I do forgive you, I pray for you. I really truly do pray for you,” said Washington.

Terry hopes these arrests inspires others to come forward.

"If anybody out there know anything or any murders, or anything, please step up and help these families. I beg you, please step up and help these families, because if it wasn't for you all, I don't know where we'd be at right now," said Washington

There was a reward of more than 18,000 dollars for information leading to an arrest.

No word on if that reward has been collected.

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