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Two teenagers have been arrested in connection with the murder of an L.W. Higgins High School student on Oct. 19, Westwego Police Department Lt. Eric Orlando said Monday.

The two boys, both 16, were booked on counts of second-degree murder in the early morning killing of Kevin Thomas Jr.

Investigators believe the two had some sort of dispute with Thomas over a stolen gun, which police found in his room after obtaining a search warrant. “We got word from witnesses that had direct information acknowledging that they were specifically told it had everything to do with the stolen firearm,” Orlando said.

Police interviewed friends and acquaintances of the victim, he said. One juvenile who wanted to remain anonymous told police that one of the suspects had confessed to the killing, he said.

The first suspect was arrested at 2:30 a.m. Saturday in the 1700 block of Newport Street in Kenner. The second turned himself in about noon Saturday.

Orlando said the two juveniles can be charged as adults, but that decision will be left up to District Attorney Paul Connick.

Thomas’ funeral was held Monday, according to an obituary. He is survived by his parents, who lived with him in the apartment complex where he died, and two siblings.