A week ago today, the mother of a 15-year-old Detroit boy pulled her van in front of a family rec center, then popped the hood latch from inside so her son could retrieve a .32 revolver stashed within.
The teen apparently missed his intended target from an earlier argument but fatally shot a bystander in the head. He jumped back into the van, and his mother sped off.
“I don’t know how we can expect our youth to stay out of violent crime if we have their parents assisting them in that endeavor,” Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy said Wednesday as she described what police said happened and announced murder charges against Tarranisha Davis, 35, and her son, Tremaine Davis.
Investigators say Tremaine Davis was involved in an argument earlier Oct. 8 at the Considine Little Rock Family Center at 8904 Woodward. Tarranisha Davis, who had been at a gas station across the street, drove over to the center, Worthy said.
“The evidence in this case will show you cannot unlatch the hood unless it is unlatched from the inside” of the van, Worthy said.
Four bullets were fired outside the rec center just before 4 p.m. Dmitri Jackson, 19, whom Worthy said was not the intended target, died.
“I’ve never ever seen him upset, but he was always ready with a joke,” Shavonne Smith, director of Jackson’s school, which is across the street from the rec center, said about her student.
Detroit Public Schools sent counselors to Riverside Preparatory Academy to help the 100 students grieve.
Standing silently in 36th District Court at his arraignment Wednesday, Tremaine Davis was remanded to custody without bail, pending a hearing Nov. 6. Worthy intends to prosecute him as an adult. His mother is expected to be arraigned today.