Two Detroit teenagers arrested in triple homicide of 5-year-old boy and two adults

Seven children under the age of 17 have been shot in Detroit so far this year

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Two teenagers have been arrested for allegedly shooting and killing a 5-year-old boy in a Detroit home, as well as the boy's mother and her boyfriend, according to police. 

The 16- and 17-year-old suspects were apprehended on Monday in the same neighborhood where the alleged murders took place, Detroit Police Commander Michael McGinnis said. 

They are currently being held at a youth home while a prosecutor prepares charges. 

The 5-year-old boy, Caleb, was shot and killed execution-style, according to Fox 2 Detroit. His mother, Lashon Marshall, and her boyfriend, Aaron Benson, were also shot to death in the home. 

A relative of Benson went to the home on the west side of Detroit on Sunday afternoon after not hearing from him for several days. 

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The backdoor was open and possibly kicked in, Detroit Police Chief James White said Tuesday. Police were immediately called and located the two adults, then found the 5-year-old boy shot to death in a separate room. 

After receiving a flood of tips, police were able to identify the two suspects and arrest them without incident on Monday. 

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It's unclear when the actual shooting took place or what the motive was, but McGinnis said that the suspects knew the victims. 

"Words can’t explain what it’s like to see a 5-year-old child deceased from a gunshot wound," McGinnis said Tuesday.