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Two teens charged in holiday weekend murders

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Two teens are now said to be involved in a series of deadly shootings over the holiday weekend.

16-year-old Tyee Hamiel was arraigned for murder charges Wednesday. Police say he played a role in killing Blaine Tyler- a customer at a gas station Friday night. 

A second 16-year-old, Toby Smith Jr. faces charges in Blain's death....and in the murder of Pierre Cosby...7 hours later on Edwards Avenue.

Blain Tyler's wife, Sophia, was not in the courtroom, but we stopped by her house. She didn't want to go on camera, but told us he was a loving man, who would give you the shirt off his back if you asked. And that she regrets someone so young could take his life.

She also said he loved the Redskins, and smiled knowing they won their game Sunday.

Markeita Boyd was in court, though. Toby Smith, Jr. is charged with killing her nephew, Pierre Cosby, on Edwards Avenue.

"My heart goes out to their family as well," said Cosby. "Because they were children and that's the hard part. To know that children took my nephew's life. They are children. Their life haven't even begun and their life is already over."

Boyd says she can't stop reliving her nephew's death. She was on a conference call with him as the crime happened. She heard him begging for his life.

"It's just a hard pill to swallow when you know something is going on with someone and somebody's harming one of your family members and there's nothing you can do to get there to help them," said Boyd.

Both teens face felony charges and if convicted, could face life in prison. They're due in court January 30th.

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