A 20-year-old was shot at a memorial for a slain Texas teen after he was mistakenly recognized as the killer, police say.
Norman Christopher Collier IV, 22, is accused of capturing Kolby Graham throughout a “balloon release” in DeSoto, a Dallas suburb, police say. He was charged Friday with capital homicide.
Collier’s youthful brother, 19-year-old Camran Collier, had been fatally shot in his automobile April 22, and Graham was “mistakenly identified” as the killer in social media posts within the days following the capturing, police say.
After Graham was shot within the head at the memorial on April 25, “none of the participants who witnessed this shooting came forward to police with information about the identity of the shooter,” police mentioned.
However, as police continued investigating, they recognized Collier as the suspect, saying he “mistakenly believed the internet rumors about the identity of his brother’s killer” and “took revenge against the wrong man.”
Graham’s mom, Tamaka Graham, instructed KTVT she’ll always remember her son’s ultimate phrases.
“He said, ‘Momma, remember I don’t have nothing against nobody — it won’t be me, it will be them.’”
Collier stays in Dallas County jail on $1 million bond.
“We believe if this information about Kolby being the shooter of Camran had not been so passed on and gone viral on social media he would not even shot,” Cpl. Pete Schulte instructed KTVT.
DeSoto police haven’t introduced an arrest in Camran Collier’s death.