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3 arrested, but father questions why teen son was killed

Published: Wednesday, Sept. 12 2012 11:39 a.m. MDT

Norvert Winston doesn't understand why his son, Kenyatta, was killed Aug. 29. He said Kenyatta was loved by a lot of people and he had a really good heart. In Salt Lake City, Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2012.

Stuart Johnson, Deseret News

SALT LAKE CITY — Every night, Norvert Winston goes into the room where he keeps the ashes of his 16-year-old son.

He goes alone and he meditates.

Even as he expressed gratitude Wednesday that arrests have been made in his son's death, he doesn't understand why his boy was killed.

"Kenny was a light," he said. "Most children these days are struggling with different issues, but Kenyatta was really a joy. He was loved by a lot of people. He had a really good heart, a happy guy, you know?"

Kenyatta Winston's body was found in a vacant lot at 1120 E. Crandall Ave. (2900 South) the morning of Aug. 29. The teenager had been shot.

Police believe Frank Reyos, 30, is the man who killed him. Reyos was arrested Tuesday night and booked into the Salt Lake County Jail for investigation of murder, aggravated assault and fleeing from police. Jessica Reyos, 38, and Brittney Montano, 21, were booked for investigation of obstruction of justice.

Wednesday, police asked for the public's help in locating Shelby Reed, 19, Camille Lopez, 20, and Stephon Evans, 21, in connection with the case. Lopez turned herself in Wednesday, said Salt Lake Police Sgt. Shawn Josephson.

Evans also turned himself Wednesday night, police said.

Reed is Frank Reyos' neice and Jessica Reyos' daughter. Reed's attorney, Tyler Williams, said Reed does not plan on turning herself in because she is caring for her children, including a small child she is breastfeeding. She was one of the last people to speak with Winston.

Williams said Reed has already made a statement to police, who now say she is suspected of obstruction of justice. If formal charges are levied, Williams said Reed will answer them in court.

Police are asking anyone with information about the Reed's whereabouts to call 801-799-3000. Tips can remain anonymous.

"I don't think he knew them very well," Norvert Winston said of those who have been arrested. "I don't know all of everything as of yet, but he didn't know them very well. It seems to be an older group of people and I think they may have taken advantage of a young kid and done this horrible act."

It is unclear why Kenyatta Winston, who lived in Poplar Grove, was in the Sugar House area, but he was last seen alive on Aug. 26 when he got into a silver 2010 Dodge Nitro, a Salt Lake County Jail report states.

Jessica Reyos, the owner of the vehicle, told police that she loaned her vehicle to a man she knew as "D" on Aug. 26. She later told police his real name and said she was afraid to tell police the information initially because she was afraid of retaliation.

Detectives found what appeared to be blood spatter on the inside of the vehicle, the report states. Another witness said someone, whose name was redacted in the report, "confessed that he was present when (Winston) was killed and assisted in dumping his body."

Another jail report indicates that a witness told police that someone confessed to shooting Winston and dumping his body on the east side of Salt Lake City. The name of that person was redacted.

Josephson said Frank Reyos and Jessica Reyos are siblings. Police reports suggest that Montano and Frank Reyos were dating. Police arrested both Frank Reyos and Montano Tuesday evening, after he allegedly rammed police vehicles and attempted to flee.

Officers located a suspect vehicle in a parking lot on Main Street and observed Montano getting into the car, Salt Lake police reported. The vehicle left the area but made a U-turn soon after, allowing police to identify Frank Reyos as the driver who was "wanted in connection with the … homicide of Kenyatta Winston."

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