Teen arrested for murder of 16-year-old

Kevonta Williams (Courtesy: Metro Nashville Police Department)
Kevonta Williams (Courtesy: Metro Nashville Police Department)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – A 16-year-old has been arrested for the murder of another teen.

According to Metro police, Kevonta Williams was taken into custody Thursday at his Buchanan Street home.

He was booked into juvenile detention on a charge of criminal homicide.

Ricky Hambrick (Courtey: Metro Nashville Police Department)
Ricky Hambrick (Courtey: Metro Nashville Police Department)

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Williams is accused of shooting 16-year-old Ricky Hambrick on the night of Dec. 19. Hambrick’s body was discovered the next morning on the roadside near the intersection of Mattie Street and East Lane off Buena Vista Pike in Bordeaux.

Police say a nearby resident found his body, and other people in the area reportedly heard something that was likely gunfire.

Hambrick was a junior at Whites Creek High School and played on the school’s football team. The teen dreamed of one day working in the criminal justice field.

News 2 spoke with Hambrick’s mother, Courtney, about the new development in the case. She said Thursday was the first day they were able to see their son’s body because of the investigation.

She also said they were overwhelmed by the news of an arrest, but they are praising God that justice is being served.

The motive for the shooting remains under investigation.

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