Mom of slain teen pleads for ‘truth’

WYOMING, Mich. (WOOD) — The mother of 17-year-old Ta’Carhri Richardson, the teenager shot and killed in early August, said she believes there is more to the story of what led up to her son’s death.

“I don’t want another mother to have [to] gone through this pain. To feel empty like this; to be hurting,” said Cassandra Walker.

Ta'Carhri Richardson. (Undated courtesy photo)
Ta’Carhri Richardson. (Undated courtesy photo)

Richardson was dropped off at Metro Health Hospital around 2:30 in the morning on Sunday August 3. He was pronounced dead at 5:07 that morning.

“I wish I could change this around and my son, I would be able to see him graduate and live his life. But it’s over with just…in the blink of an eye.”

Cassandra Walker, mother of 17-year-old Ta’Carhri Richardson, says her son was a star on the basketball court, a good student with a bight future; hoping to one day become an anesthesiologist.

“Now all those dreams, I feel like I have nothing to look forward to now. Because so much of my life were around my kids, and it’s just a devastating blow and it’s unexplainable about how it feels. I don’t even know how to go on.”

Shortly after the incident, police arrested 17-year-old Marquis Kilgore for the shooting. Court documents show Kilgore told police he was handling a gun in the back seat of a car that Richardson was driving when the gun went off. The bullet tore through the seat and into Richardson’s back.

But friends of Richardson told us at his vigil that there had been an argument before the shooting. Kilgore is facing an involuntary manslaughter charge and could spend up to 15 years in prison.

But Richardson’s mom feels there is more to the story.

“There are still unanswered questions and things that aren’t being said. There are just no answers for it yet. They are saying it was a simple mistake. I just don’t believe that it was not intentional.”

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

The night following his shooting Richardson’s friends and family gathered for a candle light vigil at Godwin Heights High School, where Richardson would have been a senior.

Friends told 24 Hour News 8 an argument had happened between the two teens sometime before the shooting.

“If this was your friend, how come you are not coming forth to say what all happened and talk and tell and be freed of that pain? Cause I’ll have pain forever, but at least you’ll be able to go with your life. What about Ta’Carhri if he was your friend? Tell it; let that free your heart.”

Richardson’s mom is hoping someone will come forward to either police or Silent Observer.

“If anybody saw something, heard something or know if there was some type of argument or anything or what was going on. Anything you seen or heard, please come forward and tell; that’s all we’re asking for.”

She had words for the man behind bars for her sons death.

“As a Christian, I must forgive you and I find in my heart and strength from God to be able to tell you I don’t care what happened. I just want you to tell, for you to feel free and get that burden lift off you.”

Anyone with information about the case is asked to call Wyoming Police or call Silent Observer at 616-774-2345 or toll free at 1-866-774-2345.

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