MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Police said 19-year-old Kwasi Corbin confessed to firing an assault rifle into a crowd at Second Street and Peabody Place, killing one and wounding two others with police nearby.
There was a huge turnout at a vigil for 18-year-old Myneishia Johnson, the teen mother gunned down less than a week before her high school graduation.
The victim’s father has a message that man has for his daughter’s killer. He says he forgives the person accused of killing his daughter, but still, he wants justice.
Family members broke down in tears just hours after Johnson was killed.
“Cry? Cry? I’m hurt dearly, man,” Johnson’s father, Zacheory Green, said.
Johnson had one year old baby boy — now forced to grow up without a mother.
“He took her from the only child she got. Now I got to raise him,” Green said.
Police said Kwasi Corbin admitted to firing an assault rifle into a crowd on Second Street, killing Johnson and wounding two other men.
“All of my girls that’s in the class of 2016 know that it could have been one of us,” Johnson’s friend Destinie Mull said.
Classmates and friends said Johnson fought hard to stay in school even after having a baby.
“I hate that it had to happen you know to Shugnug. You know she was a great mom. She was a good student. She was a good friend,” Mull said.
“It’s deeper than just, you know, another student at the school. It’s deeper than that with all of them. It’s like losing your own because that’s what we’ve done,” said Alisha Kiner, Johnson’s principal at Booker T. Washington High School.
Kiner said Johnson was accepted into college and had a bright future — one that was snatched away far too soon.
“Man she was trying. I couldn’t do nothing but respect her and love her and be there for her,” Green said.
“She’s a warrior. She always will be,” Kiner said. “And we just — we’re going to miss her. We’re going to miss her smile.”
The principal said there will be grief counselors at the school Monday to talk with students.