Derlanda Farmer may finally get some sleep with the comfort of knowing a man, who lives just a mile away from her, is behind bars in the execution-style shooting deaths of her daughter, a 6-year-old boy and the boy’s father.
“These people died for actually nothing. What did you gain? Was this worth this?” said Farmer, who is grieving for her daughter, Isis Rimson, 28, who, with Tai’raz Moore, 6, were found shot in the head in the basement of a Warren house Oct. 1.
Tukoyo Moore, 31, who is Tai’raz’s father and Rimson’s fiancé, was found shot in the head in the back seat of his burned rental car on Hyde Park Drive in Detroit earlier that day.
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On Tuesday, Nicholas Bahri, 37, of Bloomfield Hills was arraigned on 15 counts, including multiple murder and firearms offenses, in the deaths of all three Warren residents.
“It was all about drugs and money,” Warren Police Commissioner Bill Dwyer said as he stood in front of numerous Warren and Detroit police detectives and representatives of the Macomb County Prosecutor’s Office after the charges were filed.
He said no one else is believed to be involved in the murders, which he said probably wouldn’t have been solved 20 years ago.
“The execution-style killing of a baby, a 6-year-old, has shaken not only the tri-county area, but has shocked the nation,” Dwyer said, adding that the slaying of Tai’raz was “truly evil.” He said the murder of a child is “even intolerable in the criminal world.”
Bahri is charged with three counts of first-degree murder, three counts of felony murder, six firearms offenses and one count each of third-degree arson; disinterment and mutilation of a body, and firearms possession by a felon.
He was ordered held in the Macomb County jail without bond by 37th District Court Judge John Chmura, who told Bahri he had no faith that Bahri would come to court and “every reason” to believe he would not come. Bahri’s next court dates are Oct. 22 and 29.
Tai’raz and Rimson were found by Warren police in the basement of a home in the 2100 block of Otis. They had multiple gunshot wounds, a detective said in court.
Detroit police contacted Warren police when they went to notify relatives of Moore’s death and found the door to the house open.
Dwyer said the U.S. Attorney’s Office is monitoring the case.
“We want the death penalty,” Dwyer previously said. “When you murder a 6-year-old innocent baby, the person or persons responsible deserve the death penalty.”
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Warren and Detroit police executed a search warrant Friday at Bahri’s home in the 4200 block of Margate Lane with Michigan State Police and the FBI.
Authorities spent two days processing the scene on Otis, as well as the car in Detroit; interviewed about 20 people; canvassed the area for video and witnesses, and collected cellular forensics, as well as interviewed the suspect and his relatives.
Warren Police Detective James Twardesky told the court the house on Otis was ransacked; and authorities learned Moore was involved in narcotics trafficking, kept large amounts of drugs and money, and was engaged in the activity with Bahri.
He said in court that Moore drove to Bahri’s home, then left with Bahri and was never see alive again. He also said the car drove around the Oakland County area and later left the Otis address at a high rate of speed.
The detective said Bahri bought and filled a gas can while in Moore’s rental car and later took a taxi home. He added that a data search showed Bahri was searching the Internet for expensive watches.
Authorities said Bahri has an extensive criminal history, including drug offenses and breaking and entering, dating to when he was 17 years old. He was discharged from the Michigan Department of Corrections Aug. 20 on offenses out of Oakland and Wayne counties, according to the department’s website.
Bahri answered questions with a simple yes or no during arraignment and asked “what does that mean?” when Chmura asked him whether he understood the mutilation of a body charge. Bahri asked for a court-appointed attorney and said he did not have a job.
A GoFundMe campaign for Tai’raz — which has raised nearly $33,000 and was started by his grandmother — states he was a “vibrant little boy who loved to tease and laugh, he will be dearly missed our hearts are broken and souls empty without him.”
One update states that he was a protective and loving boy who was concerned about the well-being of others, including his younger siblings, cousins and relatives.
Another post said a public memorial and carnival-themed event will be held at Detroit’s Aretha Franklin Amphitheatre from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday with activities Tai’raz enjoyed.
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Farmer said Rimson and Moore became engaged in September and her daughter “was in such a happy place.” She said the families were going over every scenario of what happened and “who could be so malicious” to kill a boy and a 115-pound woman, who has an 8-year-old daughter Farmer is now caring for.
“We want justice for our families,” she said, as Moore’s aunt also attended the news conference.
Two $6,000 rewards were offered for information for the person or persons responsible — one by Detroit rapper Trick Trick; the other by Welton Smith, pastor of New Life Family Church in Detroit.
Dwyer said good old-fashioned detective work, including “tireless, relentless pursuit,” added Detroit Police Commander Eric Decker, were the keys to solving the slayings.
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