Muskegon Heights basketball player shot & killed

MUSKEGON, Mich. (WZZM) -- A Muskegon Heights Academy basketball player was shot and killed Wednesday evening on his way to the team's banquet, police said.

Around 6:15 p.m., Marquis Gresham and a group of friends were walking along 5th Street, on their way to the banquet, when witnesses say someone inside a burgundy SUV fired four shots.

Yolanda Tate tried to perform CPR on Gresham. " I heard four gunshots. I was in my house. Pow, pow, pow. Real fast."

Tate says she didn't see the gunmen fire, but she did see the Burgundy SUV race away, "When he got hit, he ran that way, and he dropped right there." Tate says she did try to perform CPR but she couldn't get in and do anything. "My husband was actually down on the ground with him." Said Tate. "He was telling him to hang in there, hang in there police is on the way. He just looked up at my husband and then closed his eyes."

Muskegon Heights police confirmed Gresham died shortly after the shooting. Friends have started posting condolences on Gresham's Facebook wall, including one comment which reads, "R.I.P Babyboy."

Young witnesses at the scene describe Gresham as a nice guy, who liked to laugh and didn't hurt anyone. Yolanda Tate agreed, "I would see him walk up and down the street, usually with head phones on. He would head to and from school. He didn't hurt no one."

The Muskegon Heights Public School Academy system will be closed Thursday following Gresham's death. Tate says the killing needs to stop, "These young people out here, you know it's crazy. They're killing each other for no apparent reason."

The emergency room at Hackley Hospital was briefly put on lock-down as a precaution Wednesday evening, but later reopened.


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