Man to stand trial for deadly October shooting at crowded party

A Grand Rapids man will stand trial for a shooting at a party on 28th Street that left one person dead and eight others injured.

GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. - A Grand Rapids man has been ordered to stand trial for an October shooting at an after-hours party on 28th Street SE that left one dead and eight others wounded.

After hearing testimony from several witnesses on Monday, a Grand Rapids District Court judge determined there was enough evidence to send the criminal case against 20-year-old Jokari Lowery to Kent County Circuit Court. Charges include open murder, gang membership felonies and weapons offenses.

He’s charged in the Oct. 9, 2016 shooting death of Juwan Montez Boykin. Boykin, 21, was attending a party at Clearance Outlet on 28th Street east of Kalamazoo Avenue SE when a gunman opened fire, striking him and eight others.

When police arrived, they found Boykin dead inside the building, with a crowd of at least 50 people outside. Eight others were injured by gunfire.

Grand Rapids police identified the wounded victims as four men, ages 20, 27, 29 and 34 and four women, ages 19, 24, 35 and 35.

Police initially were called to the building on a noise complaint. A witness said the gathering was for a birthday celebration.

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