Illinois Teen Arrested After Shooting Death of 23-Year Old Mother Reading Bible to Young Child

A 16-year old youth has been arrested in the Zion, Illinois shooting of a 23-year old mother who was reading the Bible to her child inside of her own home. The Waukegan Police Department arrested Zechariah Myles earlier this month, with the teen wanted on a felony murder warrant for the killing of Melanie Yates.

Authorities have accused Myles of evading arrest after the shooting, which they believe occurred through the firing of a stray round as the youth was firing a weapon in unclear circumstances outside the Yates family home.  Yates was reading a bible story to her seven-month old daughter when she was shot. Police have indicated Myles was firing a rifle at someone else when he’s accused of shooting Yates.

Authorities indicated that Myles was “actively working to avoid apprehension” before they secured his arrest, warning the public that the youth was to be considered armed and dangerous.

Prosecutors have announced they intend to charge Myles as an adult following his arrest on the felony murder warrant. He’s being held at a juvenile correctional facility in Vernon Hills, with a judge setting his bond at $3 million. He’s yet to enter a plea in regards to the murder charge.

He came in and he told me that our daughter had been shot and we didn’t believe him. It was just unfathomable,” said Lam Calderon, Melanie’s mother, of her son-in-law describing the shooting. “We have the hope and the assurance that she is in heaven right now with Jesus and one day we will see her again. That’s what we’re holding onto.

A GoFundMe in the victim’s memory describes Melanie Hope Yates as a devout Christian, in addition to being a devoted wife and mother of her family’s two children.

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