4 teens charged with murder in Warren man's death

Frederick Owens
December 28, 2017

Four Ohio teenagers are facing murder charges in the death of a MI man, who was hit by a sandbag tossed off an I-75 overpass in Toledo.

The four teens, ages 13 and 14, were allegedly seen leaving the area of the overpass after the incident, police said.

Sean Carter, 14; William Parker, 14; Pedro Salinas, 14 and Demetrius Wimberly, 14, originally faced felonious assault charges.

Byrd, a 22-year-old from Warren, Michigan, later died.

Marquise Byrd, 22, of Warren, Michigan, was riding in the front passenger seat of a vehicle on Interstate 75 when the sandbag smashed through the auto windshield. "I think this windshield might have smacked his head".

"Detectives determined the falling sandbag was not an accident, but a deliberate act", Toledo police said.

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The suspects, who have not been identified due to their ages, are now being held without bail at the Lucas Juvenile Justice Center.

The four teens appeared in juvenile court on December 20 on felonious assault charges, but the charges were upgraded to include murder after Byrd died, officials said.

The Washington Post generally does not identify suspects charged in juvenile court.

He was engaged and had a 1-year-old son, according to The Blade.

"I would appreciate if [the boys' parents] could at least call my aunty and tell her they're sorry", Byrd's cousin, Shaveontae King, told Toledo's newspaper, The Blade. The teens now face charges of murder, felony vehicular vandalism and misdemeanor vehicular vandalism.

In October, prosecutors in Genesee County, Michigan, said that five teenagers would be tried as adults after being charged for murder in an incident in which a passenger was killed by a rock, also on Interstate 75.

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