"One of the family members [was] the father of Legend Taliferro and he resided at the apartment where the young victim was later shot," reads the prosecutor's statement.
At least one of the fired bullets hit LeGend, who was sleeping on the floor on the other side of the sliding glass door, according to the complaint. The little boy had undergone several successful open heart surgeries as an infant and toddler.
Relatives drove LeGend to the nearest hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
No one else sustained injuries in the shooting.
LeGend's funeral was paid for by Kansas City Chiefs defensive end Frank Clark.
The criminal complaint alleges surveillance footage from the surrounding neighborhood shows Ellis arrived in a rental car, driven by a woman. He exited, and crept up behind the house.
The woman driver was interviewed by police, and said she was unaware of Ellis' intentions. She allegedly "heard gun shots," and Ellis "came running back to the car," reads the statement from Baker's office. "She said she didn't find out until later someone had been killed."
Investigators spoke to LeGend's aunt, who told them Ellis had allegedly threatened her via social media in the wake of the fatal shooting.
LeGend's death inspired a federal crackdown on violent offenders, which was named Operation LeGend in his memory.
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U.S. Attorney General Bill Barr said in a statement: "The arrest and state charges resulted from cooperation among Kansas City police officers, the FBI, and U.S. Marshals. This development is a model for joint efforts to solve crimes and reduce violence in other cities. I thank the state and local law enforcement officers who helped make possible this important step in bringing justice to LeGend, to his family, and to his community. Although LeGend's suspected murderer has been arrested, Operation LeGend will go on."
Ellis has yet to enter pleas to the charges against him, and information on whether he has a lawyer was unavailable Friday.
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