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June 28, 2013 at 8:58 PM

Officials arrest Marysville man in connection to Molly Conley slaying

Authorities have arrested a 26-year-old Marysville man in connection with the June 1 drive-by shooting that killed 15-year-old  Molly Conley of Seattle, officials confirmed Friday night.

Molly Conley

Molly Conley

Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office deputies made the arrest Friday at the man’s home, spokeswoman Shari Ireton said. The suspect was to be booked into Snohomish County Jail on suspicion of 1st-degree murder, she said.

No other information was expected to be available until Monday, Ireton said.

Conley, who was nicknamed “4.0″ because of her good grades, was killed while celebrating her 15th birthday with friends in Lake Stevens.

Detectives believe the classmates were walking along a south Lake Stevens road at 11:18 p.m. when someone in a passing vehicle opened fire. A bullet struck Conley in the neck. She died at the scene.

Officials said they received 911 calls about two other drive-by shootings later that night, although those only resulted in property damage. It wasn’t clear whether the other shootings were related.

The Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office had been handling the investigation but had released few updates in recent days.

Crime Stoppers of Puget Sound had offered a $34,000 reward for information that led to a conviction in Conley’s slaying. It wasn’t clear whether the reward figured in Friday’s arrest.

The arrest was first reported in an 8:50 p.m. message posted on the City of Lake Stevens’ Twitter account.

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