Shooting death of Godwin Heights High schooler ‘accidental’

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Marquis Kilgore, 17, Wyoming, Mich.

WYOMING, Mich. — A 17-year-old was officially charged in the shooting death of a Godwin Heights High School student who was heading into his senior year.  The suspected shooter claims it was all an accident.

Seventeen-year-old Ta’Carhri Richardson died at Metro Hospital just after 5 a.m Sunday.

On Tuesday, Marquis Dushawn Kilgore was not charged with murder. Instead the teen was arraigned on one count of involuntary manslaughter.


Ta’Carhri Richardson

According to the probable cause affidavit obtained by FOX 17 News, the suspect ” was in possession of a pistol which he purchased while seated behind the victim who was in the driver’s seat of the minivan.  The victim was then shot through the seat and back while the suspect was handling the gun.”

Kilgore was also charged with carrying a concealed weapon and felony firearms.

The affidavit also states:

  • The suspect was seen with the firearm in the months and week before the shooting.
  • The suspect was seated behind the victim who was shot and taken to the hospital where he died.
  • The suspect acknowledged under Miranda that the shooting was not intentional and that the gun was in his possession at the time it went off.
  • Analysis of the car and victim confirm a single shot from behind the victim and through the seat causing death.


Sunday evening, hundreds of people gathered in the high school parking lot to remember Richardson, also known as  "Carhri."

Jordan Walton, a friend of Richardson, said the teen was heading into his senior year.

"Ta'Carhri was my dear friend," Walton said. "We used to always just play basketball, go to get togethers. My mom knew him, my brothers knew him, everybody knew him. He was just such a good person."

Walton said Richardson was part of the junior varsity basketball team. He said Richardson had to leave the sport behind this past year after he took on an after-school job.

"He had good grades. He wasn't in no gangs," Walton said. "-it was not gang related. It was just being in the wrong place at the wrong time."

While police aren't confirming what led up to the shooting, Walton said it all began with a pair of sunglasses. "Basically, my brother was at a party and some--one of either his friends, or somebody he was with, they shot him over a pair of glasses he was trying to sell."


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  • Ella

    A 17 yr old illegally has a gun, which numerous people apparently knew he had but no one reported.
    Both the defendant & victim have FB pages that are just filled w/ garbage – & their parents never thought to monitor what their kids were doing.
    They now tell us what good kids they a both were. Pathetic

    • Susan

      Ta’Carhri was a good person things he posted on his Facebook page didn’t define who he really was , he was on of my best friends I knew him how he really was he had a big heart and always made people smile don’t go judging him over stuff you saw without knowing who he really was he’s gone now please keep your negative comments to yourself you don’t understand how much seeing people say things like this about someone we cared about hurts..

      • Ella

        Susan – I’m sorry for the loss of your friend. I am going to speak to you & your generation:
        First impressions MATTER.
        What you put out on the internet, which never goes away, MATTERS.
        Whether you associate w/ people who have weapons illegally, MATTERS.
        So, if you don’t want to be “judged” on a profile/persona/behavior that isn’t real, then don’t put it out there for all to see.
        So, instead of telling people not to judge, or it’s not who you all are BE THE CHANGE YOU WANT TO SEE.

        • Peter

          Maybe you could just get a life and not spend your time looking up Facebook pages. It’s great your generation just found out about Facebook, but that doesn’t mean you need to reference it every five minutes.

    • You'Nique Jefferson


      • Teacup

        How classy, Why don’t you close that sweet potato pie hole , stop playing the race card and get up off of your wide bum , Drag your know nothing carcass out of your low income dwelling and get to the nearest educational center to learn some general spelling and grammar skills?
        Trust me, There is nothing “You’nique” about you and your tribes!
        Good luck oxygen thief!

  • tracyd112

    This is another tragic accident that should have been avoided.Several people saw this person with a Gyn and never said anything about it? I believe everyone that spoke up after the killing saying I saw him with the gun should be charged with accessory for not speaking up.Something has to be done to stop these senseless killings.People need to understand things like this will keep happening if guns are carried and played with .Bullets dont have feelings and they dont care who or what they hit or kill as it is just a piece of metal it is the person behind the gun that must understand that bullets once discharged DO WHAT THEY WANT TO DO. RIP Young Man your Life was took from you way to soon but if anything good can come of this let people know that you wont stand for anyone carrying a gun illegally.Also people dont Judge for ones postings as it is a fictional world where a person can be whoever they want to be But it is not the true feelings of the person posting.

    • Peter

      Whoa your level of intelligence is astounding. I wanna be just like you. I wish I could live in a run down trailer with my cousin/wife.

  • jerry

    Hang the p o s. the no good monkey he is about as worthless as a dead possom in the road. the do gooders on here who can even say he was a nice guy are as worthless as he is

    • You'Nique Jefferson

      Das rayciss mothafukaa shit cracka. Man shut yo honky mouth. You betta not make me call my cuz jadaveon o else he gon beat yo ass #realtalk I aint Playin no mo. One mo muthafucka talkin shit about blk ppl imma fukkin beatin they ass!!!1!

        • Peter

          Well teacup you sure are gullible. You’nique is obviously white as snow. He’s just as racist as the other losers on here. He/She is just a douche bag.