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Western Michigan University cheerleader killed in Detroit drive-by shooting

Damond Carpenter fatally shot on Detroit's east side

DETROIT – A college freshman was gunned down on Detroit's east side just days before his 19th birthday.

Damond Carpenter, a Detroit native, was the victim of a drive-by shooting Friday night near Morang Avenue and Cadieux Road.

Carpenter is a cheerleader at Western Michigan University.

Friends and loved ones gathered at the scene Wednesday night to honor Carpenter.

"When he left, I said, 'You be careful on these streets,'" said Richard Carpenter, the victim's grandfather. "I want to remember him like that. He was a happy-go-lucky child, and I loved him, and I will always do that."

Carpenter was home on holiday break.