KALAMAZOO, Mich. (WOOD) — Three people, including a 15-year-old boy, were charged Tuesday with the shooting death of a Kalamazoo 13-year-old.
Victor Garay, 15, was in court Tuesday morning and arraigned on one charge of open murder, one count of conspiracy to commit murder and two counts of felony firearm charges. He is being charged as an adult.
Rashad Perez, 18, and Octavius Snell, 23, were arraigned on the same charges in the afternoon. Snell also faces an additional charge of being a felon in possession of a firearm and felony firearm.
Michael Day, 13, was shot in the chest around 7 p.m. on Memorial Day near the intersection of Lay Boulevard and Race Street, Kalamazoo police said. He later died at the hospital. Police say an ongoing dispute over Memorial Day weekend escalated to the shooting.
According to a police officer’s sworn statement, Garay and two others stood in the street in the 1700 block of Race Street and fired into the 1800 block, hitting Day.
Evidence against Garay included shotgun shells being found in a vehicle by his feet when authorities found him. A shotgun was used in the murder. Prosecutors also say Garay showed police where they could find the shotgun.
Prosecutors said Garay was heard before the shooting saying he or the other suspects were going to kill someone. He was also allegedly heard after the shooting saying he or the other suspects shot someone.
The judge ruled Garay be held without bond because he is a flight risk and was reported as a runaway. Authorities said in court Garay had been expelled from school. Garay’s attorney didn’t object to his client being denied bond, saying he feared for the 15-year-old’s safety in his neighborhood.
Perez and Snell were also ordered held without bond. All three suspects are expected be in court June 17 for a preliminary hearing.