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Police arrest man in fatal shooting of West Tampa couple

Tyrail Raheem Kendrick, 26, is charged with two counts of first degree murder in the deaths of Stanley Peck and Tia Pittman.
On Friday, detectives quietly arrested Tyrail Kendrick and charged him with two counts of murder, one count of robbery and a count of a felon in possession of a firearm. [Tampa Police Department]
Published Nov. 11
Updated Nov. 11

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TAMPA — Police have made an arrest in the fatal shootings of a West Tampa couple Thursday morning.

Tyrail Raheem Kendrick, 26, was arrested Friday on two counts of first degree premeditated murder and one count of armed robbery in the deaths of Stanley Peck and Tia Pittman, Tampa police announced Monday morning.

According to an arrest report, Kendrick shot Peck and Pittman, both 38, shortly after 7 a.m. outside the duplex where they lived on the 1700 block West Walnut Street, just west of Stewart Elementary School.

A witness in the duplex told detectives she was awakened by a loud noise. The witness opened the door to investigate and saw Peck and Pittman trying to run into the house. Peck or Pittman reached the threshold — the victims’ names are redacted from the report — and screamed that they were being robbed. The witness saw a man later identified as Kendrick point a gun toward them and fire a number of times, the report says.

The couple’s 2-year-old son and 3-week-old daughter were in the duplex at the time. Relatives told the Tampa Bay Times that the family was staying with Peck’s sister and her boyfriend.

Stanley Peck and Tia Pittman are pictured in a family photo shortly after the birth of their first child about two years ago. Peck and Pittman were both fatally shot Thursday. [Photo courtesy Myrtle Pittman]

Another witness told detectives he was in contact with Kendrick and another person in the Robles Park area about two hours before the shooting. During that meeting, Kendrick produced a firearm from his waistband and said they were looking to “do a lick," the report says.

It wasn’t immediately clear Monday whether detectives were looking for a second suspect in the shootings.

Kendrick was being held Monday without bail in the Hillsborough County jail. At the time of his arrest, he was out on bail and awaiting trial on a charge of being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Kendrick was released from state prison in October 2018 after serving 2½ years for burglary, grand theft, carrying a concealed weapon and possession of marijuana with intent to sell, records show.

Times senior news researcher Caryn Baird contributed to this report.

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