THE BRONX - Two men accused in the fatal shooting of a Bronx teenager last month have been extradited back to New York and charged in his death.
Authorities have identified the suspects as 23-year-old Eric Landron and 21-year-old Raul Pacheco. They say the men, who were arrested in Rhode Island over the weekend, killed 17-year-old Alphonza Bryant at 1159 Fox St. in Morrisania on April 22.
According to investigators, both suspects are members of the Latin Kings. They say the shooting was the result of a gang dispute, and that Bryant was an unintended target who got caught in the crossfire.
Landron and Pacheco are now facing a number of charges, including second-degree murder, manslaughter and criminal possession of a weapon.
Bryant was set to graduate from high school this June. His mother, Jenaii Van Dotten, says that she'll be at the ceremony to accept his honorary diploma.
The case gained citywide attention last week when Mayor Michael Bloomberg mentioned the shooting as a reason to support the NYPD's controversial stop-and-frisk policy.
The suspects are due back in court on Friday when a grand jury will be presented with evidence against them. Additional surveillance video is also expected to be shown during the trial.