A life changing day for a young Michigan man did not turn out as planned when a sick “prank” ended up claiming his life.
The 22-year-old was killed after the car he was in on Dec. 19 was struck by a sandbag allegedly hurled off an overpass by four Ohio teenagers.
Marquise Byrd, of Warren, Michigan, who died in the hospital three later, had been planning to propose to his girlfriend that day, according to The Toledo Blade.
After a court hearing Thursday, an attorney for the victim’s family revealed that the young father had been planning to surprise his girlfriend the day he was struck. The couple had a two-year-old son, the attorney said.
“His son does not really understand yet the magnitude of not having a father growing up because of a prank,” Lillian Diallo said.
According to the Toledo Blade:
Pedro Salinas, 13; Sean Carter, 14; Demetrius Wimberly, 14; and William Parker, 15, all previously entered denials to charges of murder and vehicular vandalism. Toledo police arrested them in the Dec. 19 injury and subsequent death of Mr. Byrd. He suffered blunt-force trauma to the head and neck. Police said a sandbag fell about 10:10 p.m. from the Indiana Avenue bridge. It struck Mr. Byrd, a passenger, through a car windshield.
“You dropped a 30-pound sandbag over an overpass. Where is your conscience? Where is your morality? How could you do that to another human being? No empathy,” Diallo said, adding later that the teens should have been at home supervised.
The next hearing is set for Jan. 19. at the juvenile court.
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