(Olive Branch, MS) A little blood-stained patch of grass is all that remains of the commotion in Olive Branch’s Chateau Ridge subdivision that left a man dead from a gunshot wound.
The shooting stained the grass and the memory of Kay King.
“The boy next door heard the gunshots, this lady heard the gunshots and something came up to the door and liked to beat my door in.”
King called police, who arrived within minutes to investigate.
Friends say it all began with a fight among some women.
Twenty-six-year-old NaCharles Taylor intervened to help his girlfriend.
”NaCharles wanted to fight the dude that hit his girlfriend, but the dude had shot him,” said a friend of Taylor, who didn’t want to be identified.
Things escalated from there.
Witnesses say the shooting happened at the corner of Chateau and Lafayette.
NaCharles was hit in the chest, then took off running up the street and around the corner.
That’s how Taylor ended up in King’s front yard.
Paramedics rushed him to nearby Methodist hospital, where he died.
”NaCharles like a brother to me man, he like a brother to me. To me and him.”
“Are you glad they ad least made an arrest real quick?”
“Yes, I’m glad they made some arrests” his friend said.
Police searched for suspects through the night, and 17 hours after the shooting, they arrested 22-year-old Xavier Wolfe of Olive Branch, 19-year-old Marvellius Shipp of Olive Branch and 38-year-old Mickey Burns of Byhalia.
Wolfe is being held for murder in the Desoto County Jail on a $1 million bond.
Both Shipp and Burns are charged with accessory after the fact. Shipp’s bond has been set at $25,000 and Burns’ bond has been set at $10,000.
All three are scheduled for their initial appearance in the Olive Branch Municipal Court at 9 a.m. on April 17.
King says after 30 years in this neighborhood, the incident doesn’t frighten her.
”What happened doesn’t scare you?”
“No, I ain’t scared. I’m not scared.”
But friends of the victim say they may never get over what happened.