MUSKEGON HEIGHTS, Mich. (WOOD) — A 17-year-old was shot and killed in Muskegon Heights early Thursday morning.
Dequarius “DeeDee” Love was shot at approximately 12:20 a.m. on Peck Street between E. Hume Avenue and Sherman Boulevard, according family members and police.
Police say shots were fired from a vehicle in an alley and hit Love as he was headed to a party. Neighbor Marvin Grampton said he heard “back-to-back” shots. Love was able to run away, but soon collapsed in the street in front of a nearby post office.
“You have a sense when somebody is dead. You can tell. It’s like in the atmosphere. You can tell,” Grampton said.
Police did not have a suspect in custody Thursday. Anyone with information is asked to call 231.72-CRIME (27463) or Muskegon Heights police at 231.733.8900.
Love attended Muskegon Heights High School and played both football and basketball there, his family said.
“He was dedicated to his game,” his grandmother Linda Love said. “He loved sports. He lived and slept sports. He’d get up in the morning to practice basketball at 3 o’clock in the morning.”
She said he hoped to play professionally one day. She also remembered the little things about her grandson, like how he “loved peanut butter and jelly.”
“He loved his granny. He loved his momma and he was always here for me,” Linda Love said.
Funeral arrangements are pending.
“You know how hard it’s gonna be for me to bury my grandson?” Linda Love said.
This isn’t the first sudden loss the Love family has experienced. In 2012, Dequarius Love’s father died while in police custody. A lawsuit has been filed against authorities in that case.
Love’s homicide is the seventh homicide in Muskegon Heights since late April: 17-year-old Marquis Gresham, Robert Lee Dawson, Rayshun Day, Jake Rameau, 14-year-old Dmetrius Washington and Sandra Detty were also shot and killed.
“I don’t want my grandson being a number, and that’s what he’s become — a number,” Linda Love said. “Now he’s one of the kids that got killed in Muskegon Heights.”
“I don’t know what made me think that we were going to get skipped around — even though my grandkids are with some of these boys and they’ve been shot at. I don’t know what made me think it was gonna skip over me. I don’t know what made me think I was gonna be different. I’ve got 16 grandkids,” she continued.
When asked how she feels about the city now, Linda Love replied, “How do you think I feel about it?”
“To think that my grandkids not going to live to see 21. No, I don’t want to think like that,” she said.
Grampton said gunfire near his home as become familiar — and the most recent shooting was too close.
‘It must stop. All this warfare, it must stop,” he said.