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Ohio teens charged with murder after throwing sandbags from bridge and killing a motorist

Four Ohio teens, all between ages of 13 and 14 years old, were charged with murder on Tuesday, in the death of a man who was in a passenger seat of the car heading south on I-75. As a part of a prank, the teens threw sandbags from an interstate overpass. One of the sandbags hit the car with a fatal outcome.


Marquise Byrd of Warren, a 22-year-old from Michigan, was one of the passengers in the car and received critical injuries when the construction sandbag crashed through the windshield. He passed away at a Toledo hospital on Friday morning, according to the Toledo Police Department.



Byrd was traveling to Toledo to meet his friends. The driver-friend told The Blade that they pulled the car underneath the bridge and something hit the vehicle. Byrd was not moving. The driver called 911.


The police officers spotted the four teens leaving the area of the overpass after the incident. The investigation revealed that the falling sandbag could not be an accident, but an intentional act and apparent cause.


The initial charge against boys was felonious assault, however, one more charge of murder will be added to the package when the teens appear in juvenile court on Tuesday, according to the police. Therefore, the official charges will be murder and felony vehicular vandalism. The teens denied the charges of felonious assault at the first detention hearing.


The teens are held without bail at the Lucas County Juvenile Justice Center in Toledo, Ohio.


Shaveontae King, Byrd’s cousin, told the magazine on Tuesday about the energetic and adorable person that Byrd was. Byrd was engaged and had a 1-year-old son.