New charges filed in 2017 Edge District homicide

New charges filed in 2017 homicide

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - New charges have been filed in the 2017 murder of an innocent bystander who was killed, walking in the Edge District.

"My son is dead and I'm never going to stop. I am never going to stop. I have nothing else to do but this, day after day," said Lorri Booker, mother.

Lorri Booker says the fight for justice in the death of her son, Jonathan Booker, is far from over.

She was in the courtroom Wednesday as charges for two of the four men involved were strengthened.

Hayden Bowen and Calvin Smith are now charged with two counts of attempted first degree murder and two counts of employing a firearm with the intent to commit a felony.

"I feel really good about it. I think they're right where they need to be and I just hope it continues to go our way," said Booker.

Jonathan Booker was an artist, photographer, avid skateboarder and innocent bystander. He died when he was caught in the crossfire of a shooting in the edge district in December of 2017.

Memphis Police released a video from the night of the shooting.

It shows Jonathan walking with his friends, leaving an entertainment venue that night.

Moments later, a white Hummer is seen driving by. Shortly after, four suspects including Bowen and Smith - the driver and passenger of the hummer are seen shooting at each other.

Bowen and Smith, were arrested in February of 2018, initially charged with reckless homicide.

Investigators are still looking for the other two suspects.

“I feel like I’m putting in this fight to get them off of the street. I need somebody to turn those two people in,” said Booker.

She is turning her pain into passion by keeping her son’s memory alive with reminders of his artwork throughout he city and throwing charity events in his honor.

She told WMC Action News 5 she will continue to fight for justice.

“I can sit here and cry or I can reach out and keep fighting and I plan to keep fighting,” said Booker.

Jonathan Booker’s family is planning a “walk” in June for a charity in his honor.

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