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Police make arrest in connection with West Ashley homicide

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Police have arrested Valentino Hayward, 23, of Evergreen Street and Anisah Pearson, 20, of Sequoia Street. Police have arrested Valentino Hayward, 23, of Evergreen Street and Anisah Pearson, 20, of Sequoia Street.
CHARLESTON, SC -

Charleston police announced they arrested two suspects in connection to a murder that occurred Wednesday night in West Ashley.

Police have arrested Valentino Hayward, 23, of Evergreen Street and Anisah Pearson, 20, of Sequoia Street. Both suspects are being held at the Al Cannon Detention Center.

The victim Deontre Miles, 23, was shot and killed outside an apartment complex at 640 Sequoia Street. The motive is still being investigated.

Related: Charleston police announce arrests in West Ashley fatal shooting

Officers were dispatched to a shots fired call and found Miles lying unresponsive on the ground.

Thursday morning Charleston's police and investigators returned to search one of the apartment units at the West Ashley apartment complex.

Police were seen gathering information and evidence for more than one hour. A tan Chevy Malibu was towed away and a woman was seen leaving with police for questioning.

"From what I was told he was on the phone the entire time with someone who was giving him directions over there," said Jovani Green, a cousin of Miles. "We don't know who he was meeting or exactly what took place. I just know that the last person that he spoke to is probably the person who knows what happened or is the person who did it."

Mile's family members spoke to News 2 prior to the arrest and were desperate to gather more information regarding his killing.

"This is senseless. Our kids should be burying us," said Mile's grandfather. "Not the other way around."

Family describes Miles as a hard-worker and very family oriented.

Green said Miles was driving her car on Wednesday night and had told her he was going to make a quick stop in West Ashley. However, he did not tell her why.

Police have not said what connection Miles had with the suspects.

According to Charleston police this is the city's 17th homicide.

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