Suspects charged, vigil held for 4-year-old shooting victim - New York News

Suspects charged, vigil held for 4-year-old shooting victim

Posted: Updated:
Robert Richardson and Patricia Johnson face felony charges. Robert Richardson and Patricia Johnson face felony charges.
Jamel Witcher, 4, was fatally shot last week inside a Detroit home. Jamel Witcher, 4, was fatally shot last week inside a Detroit home.
DETROIT (WJBK) -

Two people responsible for a 4-year-old boy who was fatally shot by another child now face criminal charges. They're accused of involuntary manslaughter, child abuse and other charges for leaving the children alone in a room with a loaded rifle. A vigil for the boy was held Sunday night.

Click on the video player to watch Randy Wimbley's report.

With candles, T-shirts and heavy hearts, more than 50 people gathered in front of the house where Jamel Witcher was shot and killed. We talked to the young boy's father who was not home when the shooting took place.

Sunday morning, Patricia Johnson and Robert Richardson were arraigned on felony charges. Prosecutor's say the 4-year-old's cousin shot him in the chest with a rifle. It was loaded and left in a room where they were playing.

Family members say Jamel's death should serve as a wake up call for gun owners who don't secure their weapons.

Sources tell Fox 2 the gun belonged to the boy's grandfather. Police have a warrant out for Harvey Witcher, he's also facing felony charges including involuntary manslaughter. Funeral arrangements have not yet been set but donations are being accepted through Triumph Church on E. Grand Blvd.

Donations can also be made on PayPal. Buy into "Being Safer," select "make payment" and enter the email adriantubbs@ymail.com

  • Download the FOX 2 Apps


  • FOX 2 News Five-Day Forecast
  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • MTA, union reach deal for transit workers

    MTA, union reach deal for transit workers

    Thursday, April 17 2014 5:09 PM EDT2014-04-17 21:09:38 GMT
    Transit officials and the union representing about 34,000 city subway and bus workers reached a tentative contract deal that would include raises and new benefits but require higher health insurance payments, both sides and Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Thursday.
    Transit officials and the union representing about 34,000 city subway and bus workers reached a tentative contract deal that would include raises and new benefits but require higher health insurance payments, both sides and Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Thursday.
  • Dance raves for kids at NYC's hot clubs

    Dance raves for kids at NYC's hot clubs

    Thursday, April 17 2014 4:21 PM EDT2014-04-17 20:21:39 GMT
    A dance party for kids and tweens looks like a rave or perhaps a wild night at the club. But actually, many of the people at this party probably just learned how to tie their shoes. Twin brothers Tyler and Tristin recently had a FUZIPOP party in Manhattan to celebrate their 10th birthday. Never heard of a FUZIPOP party?
    A dance party for kids and tweens looks like a rave or perhaps a wild night at the club. But actually, many of the people at this party probably just learned how to tie their shoes. Twin brothers Tyler and Tristin recently had a FUZIPOP party in Manhattan to celebrate their 10th birthday. Never heard of a FUZIPOP party?
  • Ex-NBA player: Re-entry tougher than serving time

    Ex-NBA player: Re-entry tougher than serving time

    Thursday, April 17 2014 4:05 PM EDT2014-04-17 20:05:09 GMT
    Jayson WilliamsJayson Williams
    New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and the federal prosecutor investigating political payback allegations involving the Republican's administration are both set to speak at a prisoner re-entry conference on Thursday.
    Former NBA player Jayson Williams says trying to re-enter society after serving time for shooting a limousine driver was more difficult than being in prison.
Powered by WorldNow
Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices