COLUMBUS—Marquez Carter, 23, is dead and Kalmesha Jackson, 23, is in jail facing murder charges following an early-morning Sunday shooting in Columbus.
According to Columbus police, the alleged murder took place in Jackson’s Chevrolet Malibu parked in the driveway of a residence at 1320 2nd Ave., N. just two blocks from the police Department. Police reports say the shooting occurred about 4 a.m. in Jackson’s car where Jackson, Carter, and a third person, Rishad Reed, 23, were “playing” with a handgun. Jackson reportedly pulled the trigger and Carter, in the passenger seat, was shot in the back of the head. Preliminary reports indicate Jackson was in the driver’s seat and Reed was in the back seat. Police say Reed reportedly fled the scene because outstanding contempt of court warrants were pending against him.
Police immediately responded to a call from residents inside the 2nd Ave. house where Jackson was arrested. No bond or court date has been set for Jackson. Jackson first told the police that the deadly shot came from a green Tahoe SUV with three black males which sped off toward Military Rd.
Police found a 9 millimeter handgun nearby as well as a billfold which evidently belonged to Carter. Unresolved shooting incidents were facing Carter in Lowndes County Circuit Court from his arrest in March 2010 on five counts of aggravated assault. Carter fired shots at a woman and her baby outside a convenience store and also shot at three people,wounding one, in a nightclub parking lot.
Lowndes County Coroner Greg Merchant pronounced Carter dead just
before 6 a.m. Sunday at Baptist Memorial-Golden Triangle Hospital.
Marquez was a 2007 graduate of Columbus High School, where he played football. He also attended Shelton State Community College. “He loved life and his family,” said his sister, Kalmisha Carter. “He was respectful, and loved by many people. He will be truly missed by all of us.”
He leaves behind his wife, Sandreika Michell Carter; daughter, Kaniya Carter; son, Marquez Carter Jr.; mother, Beatrice Chandler; father Charles Salter; brothers, Tony Carter and Ergin Carter; sister, Kalmisha Carter; grandma, Jennie Whitfield; aunt, Jackie Brown; and uncles, Erk, Pat and Wayne. He is also survived by his two favorite cousins, Vonta Carter and Demonta Brown.
Carter’s funeral will be Jan. 28 at 2 p.m. at Greater Mt. Zion Church. Visitation is Friday from 3-8 p.m. at Carter’s Funeral Home.
A friend of the family, Deloris Gregory said. “Marquez was a very loving and respectful young man. I was a neighbor and friend for the last 20 years and never heard a bad word come out of his mouth. He will be truly missed as a friend and neighbor.”
This is the second murder that Jackson has been closely associated with in the past six months.
Jackson’s ex-boyfriend, Edmund Mosley was gunned down in the doorway of his apartment on July 19th of last year. Masley and his current girlfriend, Katrina Hicks, told officers that they had been in an argument with Jackson shortly before the shooting.
Rishad Reed, after having fled the scene, turned himself in at the Columbus Police Department Monday evening.
The incident is still under investigation.0