Tulsa police make arrest in shooting death of 17-year-old Kayla Ferrante

TULSA - During a press conference Friday, Tulsa police announced an arrest was made in the homicide of a teenager who was shot and killed in May.

Kayla Ferrante, 17, was killed May 26, just one day after her graduation from Memorial High School, in a bizarre shooting not far from her home.

Police say Ferrante was a passenger in her boyfriend's car near 15th and 129th East Avenue when a bullet entered the car through the license plate, hitting her in the back. The gunshot passed through her chest before exiting her body through the front windshield.

Ferrante's boyfriend stopped the car less than a block from her east Tulsa home when he realized she was injured. She died at a local hospital.

At the time of the homicide, police said they did not believe the shooting was accidental. They now say it's a case of mistaken identity.

Police say 24-year-old Edwin Jermaine Daniels was arrested Thursday afternoon. He's currently being held in the Tulsa County jail on complaints of first-degree murder and shooting with intent to kill as well as multiple complaints for stolen property and robbery with a firearm.

Police say Daniels was arrested after committing up to six home invasions, two of those were Thursday. Investigators linked the crimes together after Daniels used the victim's ATM card. 

According to a police report, a witness told investigators Thursday that Daniels had admitted to shooting Ferrante with an AK-47 rifle. Ferrante and Perez were in a Cadillac and Daniels believed it was the car of two rival gang members, the report alleges. The witness also said Daniels dig a hole in the back yard of his aunt's house to get rid of the gun.

Police recovered the gun at the residence.

Daniels did not confess to police. The investigation remains ongoing.

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