Funeral set for slain WMU cheerleader

Nicquel Terry
The Detroit News

Detroit — The funeral for a Western Michigan University cheerleader killed in a drive-by shooting in Detroit last week has been set for Saturday.

James H. Cole Home For Funerals confirmed the funeral for 18-year-old Damond Carpenter would be held there at 6 p.m. Carpenter’s wake is set to precede it at 5:30 p.m.

The funeral home is located at 2624 W. Grand Blvd.

Carpenter was home from school on holiday break when the shooting happened around 6 p.m. last Friday in the 10400 block of Cadieux. He was driving his car, a Buick Century, when shots started coming from another car, a Chrysler 300.

Relatives say he had been heading out Christmas shopping with a close friend.

Carpenter was pronounced dead at the scene by medics, Detroit police Sgt. Nicole Kirkwood said. A 27-year-old man also was struck in the hand, and a 19-year-old man was shot several times, Kirkwood said.

The 27-year-old and 19-year-old were taken to a nearby hospital, and were listed in temporary serious condition.

Capt. Darren Szilagy, the police department’s night chief duty officer, said it doesn’t appear the shooting was aimed at Carpenter.

Police are still investigating the incident.

Carpenter was set to celebrate his 19th birthday on New Year’s Day. He was a graduate of Madison High School in Madison Heights, where he played defensive back and wide receiver for the football team.

Carpenter, who had four siblings, was studying mechanical engineering at Western Michigan.

The family has set up a GoFundMe page, where more than $5,300 has been raised toward the initial goal of $10,000.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Detroit Police Homicide Section at (313) 596-2260; or Crime Stoppers of Michigan at (800) SPEAK-UP (773-2587).