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Tommy Canady, 15, is facing armed robbery and first degree intentional homicide charges for allegedly shooting Semar McClain, 19, in the head in July.

Racine police say they have a 15-year-old boy in custody for the July homicide of Semar McClain.

Tommy Canady, who just turned 15 in April, is in the Racine County Jail on the very adult charges of armed robbery and first degree intentional homicide for allegedly shooting McClain, 19, a graduate of Horlick High School, in the alley behind McClain’s family’s home on Blake Avenue.

Police were called early July 29 to the alley behind a home in the 1700 block of Blake Avenue for a report of a man down. When they arrived, they found McClain already deceased, and the cause of death was later determined to be a gunshot wound to the head.

“These arrests would not have been possible without the intense investigative effort put forth by Racine Police detectives as well as the outstanding support and assistance we have received from the community,” Racine police Sgt. Jessie Metoyer said in a written statement.

The investigation into McClain’s death continues. Anyone with information can leave an anonymous tip with Crime Stoppers at 262-636-9330, web: or by texting RACS plus the message to CRIMES (274637) and referring to Tipsoft I.D. #TIP417 with your text message.

More information about Canady’s arrest could come Thursday.


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