Azuree Charles was a 9-year-old boy who was murdered in a Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania suburb May 4, 2022. His mom, Luella Elien, and dad, Jean Charles, were arrested September 21, 2022.

Charles was a big brother to Sapphire, Lily, and Allura, according to his obituary. The obituary describes him as “a cherished child gone too soon” who died “tragically and unexpectedly.” It says he was the “beloved son of Luella Elien,” but does not list his father.

The obituary says the boy “couldn’t pass up a slice of pizza,” loved riding his bike and playing with toy cars, especially Teslas.

Jean Charles, 40, of Brackenridge is charged with criminal homicide, first-degree murder, abuse of a corpse, unlawful restraint of a minor by a parent, strangulation, concealing the death of a child and tampering with physical evidence, according to the docket sheet filed in his case. Charles was arrested by the New Kensington Police Department in Westmoreland County and arraigned on his charges before Magisterial District Judge Frank J. Pallone Jr., who denied bail in his case due to the homicide charge, court documents show. Charles is lodged in Westmoreland County Jail.

The charges filed against Elien, 29, of New Kensington, stem from an incident November 16, 2021. She was charged with aggravated assault of a person less than 18, endangering the welfare of children and hindering apprehension or prosecution, according to court records. Her bail is set at $50,000.

Here’s what you need to know:

1. The New Kensington Community Held a Vigil for Azuree, Whose Body Was Found After He Did Not Show Up at the Bus Stop in May

Channel 11 confirmed that 9-year-old Azuree Charles was found dead near a shed on Wednesday.

— WPXI (@WPXI) May 5, 2022

Members of the New Kensington community, including the young friends of Azuree, gathered for a vigil to honor the short life of the 9-year-old boy Thursday night. Many of the elementary school students told WTAE about their memories of playing with Azuree outside.

“He was the nicest person I ever met. We like to ride our bikes and we would always play,” 9-year-old Azalynn Lookhart told WTAE.

Michele Arce, another community member, told WTAE that explaining the death to young children was heartwrenching.

“When you have kids, it’s just heartbreak,” Arce told WTAE. “Then having to …read more



Azuree Charles: 9-Year-Old Boy Murdered, Mom & Dad Arrested

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