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3 arrested, but father questions why teen son was killed

Published: Tuesday, July 28 2015 11:21 p.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) 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.

Shelby Reed () Shelby Reed ()

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.

Camille Lopez (, ) Camille Lopez (, )

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.

Jessica C. Reyos (, ) Jessica C. Reyos (, )

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."

Stephon Evans (, ) Stephon Evans (, )

Officers pursued and attempted to stop the car before Frank Reyos rammed them, police said. He then fled west on 900 South and south on 900 West before a police officer successfully used a pit maneuver at 1000 South to stop the vehicle.

Frank Reyos and Montano both sustained minor injuries in the crash. They were treated at area hospitals before they were transported to jail.

Frank Reyos was also booked on an outstanding warrant charging him with aggravated robbery, violating parole and being a fugitive from justice. He has a criminal history dating back to 2000, when he was charged with wrongful appropriation and aggravated robbery. He has also faced charges of theft, fleeing a police officer, damaging a jail and providing false information to police.

Norvert Winston said he last saw his son the evening of Sunday, Aug. 26. He didn't see his son's friends or the car they were in, but said he knew whom Kenyatta was with.

Frank P. Reyos (, ) Frank P. Reyos (, )

"We chatted for a second, and he went on his way with those individuals who he thought were his friends who ended up not being," he said. "I just know that that's who he left with."

He looks back at that moment now with wistfulness.

"I wish that this whole thing would have went a different way. I wish I would have just grabbed him up and said, 'You can't go nowhere,'" he said, sweeping his arms through the air and pulling them close to his chest. 

He and his son normally kept in good contact when Kenyatta was out with friends, he said, and he was concerned when days went by with no contact from his son. He said he called constantly.

"It got to the point where I hadn't heard from him and that alone was really uneasy. And then to get the news that way was just …," Norvert Winston said, his thoughts trailing off.

Brittney N. Montano (, ) Brittney N. Montano (, )

Kenyatta is a Swahili name. It was the name of a great king, his father said. A young king.

"When I was blessed with the gift of his life, I said, 'This is my little king, and he was.'"

He has seven children and feels responsible to keep his wife and remaining six children strong. He said that while he doesn't have a favorite child, he and Kenyatta were very similar. The teenager also had a talent for cheering people up.

"He was a prankster," Winston said. "He knew what to say at the right time to make someone laugh and that was a gift."

Neighbor and friend Elena Clark said Kenyatta taught her 2-year-old daughter to walk and her 8-month-old to stand. She said his death was sad and unnecessary and she will miss his sense of humor.

"I'm just glad I got to know him before he left," she said. "That's the best gift of all — was knowing that kid. He was a happy-go-lucky kid. If you were sad or upset, he'd make you feel better. He was an awesome person."

Kenyatta Winston, 16, of Salt Lake City, was found dead in a vacant lot in Sugar House on Aug. 29. Frank Reyos, 30, was arrested for investigation of murder in his death. (, ) Kenyatta Winston, 16, of Salt Lake City, was found dead in a vacant lot in Sugar House on Aug. 29. Frank Reyos, 30, was arrested for investigation of murder in his death. (, )

Winston said his son was a typical teenage boy who liked cars, girls and clothes. He had struggled at times and sometimes got mixed up in the wrong crowd, but was turning his life around.

"He had started to overcome some of his issues with little problems that he had along the way," Winston said. "He started doing better for himself so, this is just a terrible loss for me."

He is grateful for the law enforcement officers working on the case and those around him who have supported his family.

"So, everybody in the community who has given me and my family support," he said, "I want to thank everybody for that. I'm a firm believer that love weighs more than hate and if we can all try to at least project a little bit of love throughout the day, our world would be a better place."

He points to a garden behind his house and said Kenyatta often helped him there. He hopes to put a similar garden in the vacant lot where his son's body was found.

He does not plan to spread Kenyatta's ashes there, or anywhere, at this point. Instead, he said he will create a place for a shrine in his living room.

"I'm going to keep them as close to me as I can."

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