Teens Arrested In Shooting Death Of Tennessee High School Class President
17-year-old Christine Michael had recently left a basketball game when someone began shooting at the car in which she was riding on Feb. 10.
Two teens are in custody after police say they shot and killed a 17-year-old high school junior in Brownsville, Tennessee — a small town about an hour northeast of Memphis.
18-year-old Kevion Davis, who was expected to become a walk-on football player at Arkansas State University, and an unidentified 16-year-old male were arrested on Feb. 11 following the shooting death of Christine Michael, a student at Haywood County High School.
According to reports, Michael and three other teens were riding in a vehicle bound for Brownsville following a basketball game in nearby Ripley, Tennessee, on Feb. 10 when Davis and the unnamed juvenile began firing at their vehicle. Michael was struck in the low back and died. A 13-year-old passenger was also hit but survived, according to WREG in Memphis.
Michael apparently had the presence of mind to text her mother as the shots began, and the information she provided is what helped authorities arrest her alleged killers less than 24 hours after the incident.
The high school junior was class president and had the highest GPA in her class. She also worked part-time as a clerk at the local public library in Brownsville. Patrons were invited to write condolences to Michael’s family on paper butterflies arranged on a memorial table at the library’s checkout desk.
Michael’s funeral was held on February 18 at Haywood High School in Brownsville. She was buried in the Lower Salem Baptist Church cemetery.
Davis and the other suspect — Michael’s fellow students at Haywood — were jailed on first-degree murder charges and are reportedly being held without bond. Authorities have indicated they will seek attempted first-degree murder charges against the suspects for the other passengers in the vehicle.