Newspaper article Sarasota Herald Tribune

Homicide Suspect Is Arrested | Devin Breon Chandler, 25, Is Accused of Shooting Two Brothers at Their Family Store

Newspaper article Sarasota Herald Tribune

Homicide Suspect Is Arrested | Devin Breon Chandler, 25, Is Accused of Shooting Two Brothers at Their Family Store

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PALMETTO

PALMETTO -- As friends and family grieved over the Labor Day murders of two brothers in a convenience store robbery, law enforcement on Tuesday tracked down and arrested a convicted armed robber they believe to be the killer.

Devin Breon Chandler, 25, of Palmetto, is accused of fatally shooting 23-year-old Khasem Yousef and 17-year-old Faares Yousef between 2:30 and 2:45 p.m. Monday. The brothers were working in their family's Snappy Quick Store in the 500 block of Palmetto's 17th Street West.

The killings launched a manhunt throughout the region, resulting in the arrest of Chandler "without incident" in Tampa shortly after 2 p.m. by the U.S. Marshal Service's Fugitive Task Force, Palmetto Police Chief Scott Tyler said. Detectives from the Manatee County Homicide Task Force immediately headed to Tampa to interview Chandler.

A customer discovered the victims shortly after the crime. Palmetto Police say a surveillance video shows "a lone robber" shooting the brothers.

Chandler, whom police described as "armed and dangerous," faces two counts of homicide and one count of armed robbery.

The Council on American-Islamic Relations Florida issued a statement Tuesday mourning "the tragic execution-style murders of two young American Muslim brothers in Palmetto." CAIR and the victims' family offered a $10,000 reward for information leading to an arrest

and a conviction.

Funeral services for the brothers Tuesday afternoon at the Islamic Community of Tampa Masjid Al-Qassaam were underway while Chandler was being apprehended.

"The tragedy is huge," said Hatem Fariz, a friend of the Yousef family who acted as their spokesman. "The family cannot really talk... They need prayers from all of the community at large."

Fariz said the brothers' parents, father Raed Yousef and mother Buthia Yousef, have several businesses in the Tampa and Bradenton area and about 200 relatives in Tampa. Survivors include two younger brothers and two younger sisters.

The brothers were active in the mosque where their funeral was held, often helping with charitable work such as "feeding the homeless," Fariz said. …

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