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Howe police make arrest in 2017 highway homicide

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Kelvon Gray was arrested in Kansas City for a fatal highway shooting in Howe in 2017. (Howe PD photo) Kelvon Gray was arrested in Kansas City for a fatal highway shooting in Howe in 2017. (Howe PD photo)
The crime scene on U.S. 75 in Howe on August 25, 2017. (KTEN) The crime scene on U.S. 75 in Howe on August 25, 2017. (KTEN)
Tahbari Collins, a passenger in this Hyundai, was shot and killed by someone in another vehicle on US 75 in Howe in August 2017. (KTEN) Tahbari Collins, a passenger in this Hyundai, was shot and killed by someone in another vehicle on US 75 in Howe in August 2017. (KTEN)

HOWE, Texas -- Nearly two years after gunfire on Grayson County freeway left a motorist dead, a suspect is in custody.

Howe police said Monday that Kelvon Eugene Gray, 26, was arrested at his home in Kansas City on June 12.

You may remember the incident on August 24, 2017: A Hyundai Veloster was traveling south on US 75 when shots rang out. A passenger in the Hyundai, 20-year-old Tahbari Collins of Houston, was killed.

Police now believe Gray had been driving the black Toyota Camry where witnesses said the shots were fired from.

A man resembling Gray was seen in surveillance photos that police released in 2018.

"What made this case so difficult was that neither the victim or the suspect had any tie to Howe, or even North Texas," said Howe police Sgt. Keith Milks. "We had to rely on investigative tools to identify Mr. Gray, and finally find him in Kansas City and make that arrest."

Milks said the shooting may have stemmed from an altercation earlier that day at a convenience store in Tushka, Oklahoma. Police believe Gray followed Collins for 65 miles until he finally reached him in Howe.

"There is overwhelming evidence that Mr. Gray committed this crime," Milks said.

Gray is now awaiting extradition to Texas, where he will face a murder charge.

"We are hopeful that this arrest will bring some measure of closure to the Collins family," Milks said.

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