Teenager charged with murder of aspiring St. Paul rapper in party bus shooting

Billy Ray Robles was shot in the chest during the Inver Grove Heights altercation.
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Prosecutors have charged the teenage boy they believe responsible for the killing of aspiring St. Paul rapper Billy Ray Robles on March 24.

Robles, 19, was shot in the chest after a fight broke out as a party bus journey came to an end in the parking lot of the AMC Cinema in Inver Grove Heights.

Rival "east side" and "west side" gangs came into conflict as the bus emptied, with shots fired between some members of each group.

Robles was standing near a west-sider who was one of the intended targets of alleged east side shooter Trashaun N. Morris. Upon firing, Morris allegedly missed his target and instead shot Robles in the chest.

Morris, who is known as "Tre Tre" and "Two Foe Polo" among other nicknames, is affiliated with the east side gang the "Payne Block Killers," according to the criminal complaint. 

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He is facing two 2nd degree and one 3rd degree murder charges as a juvenile in Dakota County District Court, as well as charges of crime committed for the benefit of a gang and second-degree assault.

A motion to try him as an adult has been made.

Dakota County Attorney James Backstrom says they were able to obtain the evidence that it was Morris who fired the fatal shot based on witness statements, and forensic analysis of spent shell casings and bullet fragments found at the scene.

The chaotic scenes in Inver Grove Heights in the early hours of March 24 saw 40-50 people involved in the altercation.

Two 16-year-old boys, Maurice Martin and Samson Chu, have previously pleaded guilty to 1st degree riot for their involvement in the incident, while 18-year-old Taishawn Smith, of Crystal, has been charged with 2nd degree riot.

The mother of Billy Ray Robles has previously told BMTN that he was not a gang member, though had friends who were. 

He was an aspiring rapper known as Billy ThaKidd.

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