Wyoming PD: 17-year-old shot, killed


WYOMING, Mich. (WOOD) — Two teens are expected to face charges after a Wyoming 17-year-old was shot and killed Sunday.

Ta’Carhri Richardson was dropped off at the Metro Health Hospital emergency room with a gunshot wound around 2:30 a.m. Sunday, according to the Wyoming Public Safety Department. He was pronounced dead around 5:07 a.m.

The circumstances surrounding the shooting, including where it happened, are unknown. Police have declined to provide more details.

A 17-year-old male suspect is in custody, police say.

Wyoming police have not released that suspect’s name, but jail and Michigan State Police records show that 17-year-old Marquis Kilgore is being held in the Kent County Correctional Facility on felony homicide and felony weapons charges out of Wyoming.

Left to right: The Aug. 3, 2014 booking photos for Marquis Kilgore and Jamarius Bartee.
(Left to right: The Aug. 3, 2014 booking photos for Marquis Kilgore and Jamarius Bartee.)

And a second suspect has also been arrested and may be charged as an accessory, court officials say.

Records show Jamarius Bartee, also 17, was arrested Sunday by Wyoming police and is being held in the Kent County jail in connection to the homicide case.

Both suspects are expected to be formally charged Tuesday morning.

More than 100 people attended a vigil for Richardson Sunday evening at Godwin Heights High School. Richardson would have been a senior there when classes resumed in the fall.

Friends recalled Richardson as a good guy who loved basketball. He played on the Godwin Heights team.

A vigil for Ta'Carhri Richardson at Godwin Heights High School. (Aug. 3, 2014)
(The vigil for Richardson.)

“He had good grades, he wasn’t in no gangs, he wasn’t gang-related. It was just being at the wrong place at the wrong time. You never know what can go on,” Richardson’s friend Jordan Walton said.

They called his death senseless.

“Stop the violence. That’s all I got to say. It’s over a pair of glasses, material things. It’s stupid,” Torrey Ionfields, another friend, said.

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