New Orleans police have arrested a suspect in the double-homicide of reality television star Antonia “Toya” Wright’s younger brothers.
The Times-Picayune reported that Antonie Edwards, 31, was charged with two counts of second-degree murder in connection with the shooting deaths of 31-year-old Joshua Johnson and 24-year-old Ryan “Rudy” Johnson. Edwards was taken into custody on March 9, nearly eight months after the alleged crime.
The Johnson brothers’ bodies were found riddled with bullets inside a 2006 Chevrolet Equinox shortly after midnight this past July. They were pronounced dead at the scene.
According to the arrest affidavit, homicide detectives received several tips naming Edwards as the gunman. Witnesses chose Edwards — who allegedly goes by the street names “Toine” and “Tweezy” — photograph out of the police lineup.
Edwards is said to have been “in the area during the time the incident occurred and as the subject who produced a firearm and shot the victims in this incident,” reads the arrest warrant.
Following the deaths of her brothers, Wright and her daughter, Reginae Carter — whose father is rapper Lil Wayne — took to social media to express their sadness over the loss of their loved ones.
During a September interview with The Real, Wright recounted the moment she found out her brothers were murdered. Wright, a New Orleans native, was in Baton Rouge for a club appearance at Allure Night Club & Ultra Lounge at that time of the tragic incident.
“I got a call from my mom and she was just screaming, I couldn’t understand anything she was saying,” recalled Wright. “I drove down there to the scene and here they have my mom in the ambulance and she’s just going through it. They told me that it was both of my brothers.”
She added, “Being around that was so surreal to me at the moment. My mom identified the bodies and I just got numb. It’s a pain I don’t think I’ve ever felt in my life: to lose two siblings at one time over senseless violence.”
Wright told the women of the daytime talk show that the shooting allegedly stemmed from an argument between the suspect and Rudy. Police did not reveal a motive for the murders.
Edwards’ bond was set at $500,000 and he is scheduled to appear in court May 7.