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Two Macomb County men were charged Wednesday with the fatal shooting of a 24-year-old Sterling Heights man near a downtown Detroit nightclub last week.

Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy charged Courtney Deandre Sweeney, 30, of Clinton Township and Dajuan Anton Irving, 29, of Warren in the shooting death of 24-year-old Dorian Dante Heath.

The shooting occurred around 2:20 a.m. Nov. 7 in the area of Gratiot and St. Antoine in Detroit when the car the victim was in stopped for a red light. Heath was a front-seat passenger in the vehicle with three other men. His cousin was reportedly driving.

Sweeney and Irving, who were in two separate vehicles, allegedly fired weapons into the car Heath was in, striking him. The driver of the car carrying Heath sped away from the gunfire and flagged down Detroit Police officers.

The officers escorted Heath to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead. The other men in the car with the victim were treated for non-fatal injuries.

The shooting reportedly may have stemmed from a dispute at the downtown nightclub earlier Wednesday.

On a GoFundMe page for Heath, family members said: "Dorian Heath is the sweetest, most caring young man we know. He is a loving son, grandson and nephew, a nurturing uncle, caring brother, cousin and friend. He took care of his grandmother and stayed to himself. Always smiling and laughing. Never hurt anyone and loved everyone."

His life was "senselessly taken putting the mother, and family and friends, of Dorian Heath in devastating times," the statement continued. "The loss has hit the family extremely hard and we are asking for any donation anyone is able to give."

Sweeney and Irving were charged with first-degree murder, discharging weapons from a car causing death, three counts of assault with intent to murder and five counts of felony firearm.

The defendants were arraigned Nov. 10. A probable cause hearing is set for them Nov. 20 and a preliminary examination is scheduled for Nov. 27. Both hearings will be held before 36th District Court Judge Ronald Giles.

Sweeney and Giles were remanded to jail.

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