2nd suspect arrested in homicide of WMU student

Kalamazoo and Battle Creek

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (WOOD) — Kalamazoo police say they have arrested a second man in connection to the shooting death of a Western Michigan University student near campus last week.

The suspect, 20-year-old Jordan Dangelo Waire of Muskegon, was arrested without incident on Thursday morning, according to the Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety. He was arraigned on felony murder, armed robbery, felon in possession and three counts of felony firearm charges.

Waire has a criminal record dating back to 2014, when he plead guilty to a 3rd degree home invasion charge. He also plead guilty in January, 2016 to a charge of resisting and obstructing.

WMU student Jacob Jones, 19, was shot and killed on the night of Dec. 8 at SoHo apartment on S. Howard Street, west of campus. The police chief told 24 Hour News 8 they believe Jones was selling a small amount of marijuana at the time of the shooting.

WMU basketball player Joeviair Kennedy, 20, already faces a murder charge in the case.

Police have not yet specified which of the suspects they think actually pulled the trigger. However, earlier descriptions of the suspects said that one who was about 5-foot-10 was armed with a handgun. The description of the other suspect, who was about 6-foot-4, did not say he was armed. Jail records say Kennedy is 6-foot-3.

“Without the cooperation of WMU, WMU PD, MSP, several tips and leads, this case could not have been solved as quickly as it was,” KDPS said in a Thursday night release.

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