Vigil held for Godwin Heights H.S. student shot & killed

Posted at 11:23 PM, Aug 03, 2014
and last updated 2014-08-04 08:16:53-04

WYOMING, Mich. — A candlelight vigil was held for a Godwin Heights High School student who was shot and killed over the weekend.

Police in Wyoming said Ta’Carhri Richardson, 17, was gunned down at about 2:30 a.m. on Sunday. He died at Metro Hospital just after 5 a.m.

Later that 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."

Police said a 17-year-old is in custody.  Online documents identify the suspect as Marquis Kilgore, pictured below.  He is expected to face charges that include felony homicide.

Marquis Kilgore

Marquis Kilgore