WMU freshman cheerleader killed in Detroit

WMU cheerleader killed

Western Michigan University is mourning the loss this week of a male cheerleader.

Damond Carpenter, an 18-year-old freshman from Detroit, was killed Friday in a drive-by shooting on Detroit's east side, according to the Detroit News.

The Detroit Police Department could not be reached for comment. WMU confirmed Carpenter's death in a news release Wednesday evening.

“I know the cheer team is deeply affected,” university spokeswoman Cheryl Roland said in a phone call Wednesday afternoon. “They’ve lost a friend and a teammate.”

Carpenter was home for winter recess when the incident occurred, Roland said.

His family and friends held a candlelight vigil Wednesday evening near where he died, according to a Facebook post.

His friends, including the WMU cheer team, have donated more than $2,300 online for his funeral. The cheer team donated $1,000, according to a GoFundMe page.

“It was an honor to coach Damond,” university cheer coach Chris Wang said in the news release. “He brought a contagious smile and positive energy to the team, always wanting to learn and try more. Our thoughts are with his friends and family. He will always be our brother in Brown and Gold.”

Roland said WMU is providing support for cheer team members to help get them through the tough time.

“We are proud and honored that Damond chose to work toward his degree at Western Michigan and to join our Bronco Family,” said Kathy Beauregard, director of athletics in the release. “We will provide support for our students through this difficult time.”

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