Overpass Victim's Cousin Waiting for Call of Apology

Marquise Byrd was fatally struck by a sandbag, and 4 teens now face murder charges
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 27, 2017 7:15 PM CST
Stock photo of an overpass.   (Getty/Yury Gubin)

(Newser) – A Michigan man who was critically injured when a sandbag crashed through a car windshield has died from his injuries—and now the four Ohio teens accused of throwing that sandbag could end up in prison for a long time. Authorities in Toledo have charged the four youths, ages 13 to 15, with murder, reports ABC News. Police say they deliberately tossed the bag from a highway overpass onto I-75 below, killing 22-year-old Marquise Byrd, who was a passenger in the car that got struck on Dec. 19.

Byrd, the father of a 1-year-old son who was traveling to Toledo to meet friends, suffered blunt-force trauma to the head and neck. A cousin tells the Toledo Blade that the family has a request. “I would appreciate if [the boys' parents] could at least call my auntie and tell her they're sorry,” says Shaveontae King. (Read more murder charges stories.)

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