Teens Face Murder Charges After Sandbag Tossed From Overpass

TOLEDO, OH -- Authorities in Toledo, Ohio, have charged four boys with murder after a sandbag they allegedly dropped from an interstate overpass killed a passenger in a car.

Authorities say three 14-year-olds and a 13-year-old threw sandbags and other objects onto the southbound lanes of Interstate 75 on December 19.

One of the bags crashed through the window of a car traveling below, hitting passenger Marquise Byrd on the head.

Byrd, a 22-year-old from Warren, Michigan, later died.

The boys, who have not been identified because they are minors, were arraigned Wednesday on charges of murder and vehicular vandalism. All four boys denied the charges against them, said Lori Olender, deputy chief of the juvenile division of the Lucas County Prosecutor's office.

Olender said a second car was damaged in the incident, so the teens each face two counts of vehicular vandalism. No one was injured in the second car, she said.

"While this season is typically a time of family celebration and togetherness, ours has been a season of profound loss and grieving," said Lillian Diallo, an attorney for Byrd's family, in a statement after the charges were upgraded to murder.

"We have a mother mourning the senseless loss of her son, and a brother in the military who just came from the risks of deployment overseas ... home to the horror of burying his younger brother."

Diallo told CNN that Byrd was preparing to propose to his girlfriend and the mother of his 2-year-old son.

"This is tragic all the way around," Diallo said. "The fiancé didn't even know she was going to be a fiancé. To steal that from somebody is just horrific."

Diallo described Byrd as a guy who always had a smile on his face.

"He was a good kid," she said. "He really was."

Byrd won't be buried until January 6 while the family waits for people to come into town to "come together in fellowship and memory of his life," Diallo said.

This incident is not the first time teens have been charged with murder in such a case. In October, a Michigan judge denied bond for five teenagers accused of throwing a 6-pound rock off an overpass near Flint, killing Kenneth White Jr., 32.

Those teens face second-degree murder and other felony charges, and could be imprisoned for life. They have pleaded not guilty.

13 comments

  • kim

    what about the budd case she has to live with all those issues now also along with her husband comitted suicide as well bc he couldnt handle it… this is nuts why do kids this day and age think its okay to throw rocks and sand bags and objects over underpasses anyways. if i would have done that I would have had by but kicked and grounded for even thinking of hurting another person. why arent these kids supervised more? to the kids i think they think it is just a “game” well killing someone is not a game at all!!!!

  • Supporter of America

    I hope the judge throws the “sandbag” at them. I know we all have done stupid things as young adults/kids, but all of us should be held accountable for those actions as they aren’t excusable when it means someone’s life. There sadly has been enough of these incidents publicized that they should have known better. I wish the court systems would really re-implement hard labor camps that provide some sort of service to the public, instead of just sentencing that does nothing for them or anyone else. So sad for all the families involved, but more so for the one that lost there son/brother.

    • Supporter of America

      But after sentencing or when they want parole they will be all sorts of remorseful, for the part they played in it. If you ask me, it is too late then.

  • 🤔

    Why are parents letting their 13 and 14 yr olds run all over? That’s my question. Don’t people keep tabs on their children anymore? I always knew where my older one was and what she was doing. I know where and what my 3 littles are doing all the time too. It’s called being a parent. I feel bad for Mr. Byrd’s family. Praying for them at this time and for the kids who did it. They have all just ruined their lives.

  • JessicaInWilliamsport

    Anybody remember the late 80s early 90s when a Beavis and Butthead episode was pulled because they were throwing stuff off an overpass? Authorities thought it would inspire kids to do these things…. idiots come from all generations.

  • Cleanupluzerneco

    overpasses have to be beefed up so these little numbskulls cant throw things over, give them all death sentences

    • Censorship is alive and well

      Typical liberal thinking-implement ineffective feel-good laws/rules while ignoring the root problem. Did you see a picture of the overpass? It already has large over-hanging fences on both sides.

    • Supporter of America

      Yep we have to idiot proof everything, rather than being accountable for our actions. Cause we all know it is everybody else’s fault for these kids actions. Or its my fault somehow that you, or someone else, did something that resulted in someone else’s death.. You chose to drink and drive, and kill someone; so everyone else has to have to have breathalyzers installed on our cars. Makes total sense.

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