MUSKEGON HEIGHTS, Mich. (WZZM) – He was just four days away from the start of his senior year in high school, but instead of preparing to go back to school, family members of a slaim 17-year-old boy are planning his funeral.
DeQuarius Love was gunned down around 12:20 a.m. Thursday in front of the post office on Peck Street, between Hume Avenue and Sherman Boulevard. Police say the Love and a friend were walking to a neighborhood party when someone in a passing van fired shots, striking Love. Neighbors heard six rounds.
"We happened to look down the street and saw the guy laying on the ground… they told me the guy had been shot in the back. We sat here for a minute and the next thing we know, we get the word the guy is dead," a neighbor told WZZM.
Friends and teachers at Muskegon Heights Academy called DeQuarius Love "Dee Dee." He was a student athlete and played on both the football and basketball teams.
School leaders meet with his teammates Thursday afternoon and they decided to go ahead with a scheduled scrimmage later that night in Newaygo, even though they were dealing with the emotions of losing a part of their team.
Love is the seventh homicide in Muskegon Heights since late April. The victims include: Marquis Gresham, 17; Robert Lee Dawson, 27; Rayshun Day, 24; Jake Rameau, 26; Dmetrius Washington, 14; and Sandra Detty, 53.
Muskegon Heights police did not have any more details about the suspects or a description of the vehicle used in the shooting. Anyone with information on the shooting is asked to call the Muskegon Heights Police Department at (231) 733-8900, or Silent Observer at (231) 72-CRIME (27469).