Man Pleads Guilty To Killing 16-Year-Old Girl In Front Of Her Home

A Wilmington man charged with killing a 16-year-old girl has pleaded guilty. Deputy Attorneys General John Downs and Timothy Maguire secured the plea from Shyheim Warren, 25. In April 2017,

Warren fatally shot Tynesia Cephas as she tried to break up a large fight in front of a home on the 900 block of North Kirkwood Street in Wilmington where she lived with her boyfriend. Warren pleaded guilty to Manslaughter and Possession of a Deadly Weapon

During the Commission of a Felony. A Superior Court judge will sentence Warren later this year.


Officials with the Wilmington Police Department have announced that a man wanted in connection with last years murder of a 16-year-old girl is in custody.

On Tuesday, December 11, Shyheim Warren, 24, of Wilmington, surrendered to Wilmington Police for the murder of Tynesia Cephas, which occurred in the 900 block of Kirkwood Street on April 26, 2017, according to police.

Authorities said Detectives with the Criminal Investigations Division have worked diligently for 17 months to find her killer.

Through investigative measures, detectives developed Warren as a suspect in the case and he was indicted on September 11, 2018.

On December 7, 2018, after exhausting every lead in trying to find Warren, detectives asked the public for help with locating Warren.

On Tuesday, December 11, at approximately 7:00 pm, Shyheim Warren turned himself in to detectives.

Warren has been charged with Murder 2nd Degree, Two Counts: Possession of a Firearm During the Commission of a Felony, and Reckless Endangering 1st Degree.

He was arraigned and was committed to Howard Young Correctional Institute on a $650,000 cash-only bail.

Original Story

Wilmington – On Wednesday, April 26, 2017, at approximately 9:42 p.m., Wilmington Police Officer’s responded to the 900 block of Kirkwood Street in reference to a Shot Spotter notification of gunfire in the area.

As officers were arriving, they were directed to a residence in the 900 block of Kirkwood Street where a 16-year-old female victim,  identified as Tynesia Cephas, was located. The victim was suffering from gunshot wounds to her torso and arm areas.

The victim was treated on scene by New Castle County Paramedics and transported to the Christiana Hospital where she succumbed to her injuries shortly after arrival.

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