DES MOINES, Iowa — Des Moines Police have arrested a suspect for the city’s first homicide of 2022.

Authorities announced Wednesday they arrested 25-year-old Sam Sando for the shooting death of 24-year-old Trishay Thompson. Sando faces charges of first-degree murder for the crime.

Thompson was shot outside a Pennsylvania Avenue apartment complex on January 9th. He died from his injuries more than two weeks later.

“I just needed to keep it together for the family,” said Thompson’s cousin Tahj Graham upon hearing of the arrest. “While I haven’t cried yet, I know the tears are there and they’re coming.”

Trishay Thompson (Photo provided by family)

According to police, Sando and another person killed Thompson during a drug deal that turned into a robbery. Police expect to arrest the other suspect soon.

Investigators believe Thompson was caught in the middle of the situation when he was killed.

“The victim in this case did not arrange this drug transaction, he was just there,” said Des Moines Police Sgt. Paul Parizek. “We’ve all been in situations where we have a friend who maybe makes a bad decision. In this case, it was a really bad one.”

Graham said the arrest does not make up for Thompson’s death, and hopes the suspects pay the price if they are found guilty.

“I don’t believe anything less than life without the possibility of parole should be possible,” Graham said. “My family can start going towards the direction of healing in the proper way, and I can take a break and heal as well.”