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Family members identify child who died in shooting

Mother, two others arrested in shooting death of child
Posted at 9:56 AM, Jul 01, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-02 13:41:02-04

UPDATE: Family members have identified the child who died in a shooting last night on Northern Avenue.

Family members tell us the child who died was Mar'Kavin Kyrus Cormier, 2.

"He was full of joy," Josh Edmond said. "Everybody loved him." Although only alive for two years, Mar'Kavin Cormier made a big impact on his family.

"We called him 'King'," Edmond said. "That's what he was going to grow up to be. A young king. We were planting a seed of royalty to him as a young boy. Calling him king so he knew he was a king when he would grow up."

Cormier's cousin, Edmond, is an advocate against gun violence. Edmond didn't know how close this case would impact him when he first heard the news.

"Prayers went into my heart for the family, not even knowing it was my family member at that time," Edmond said. "When I woke up this morning I had a few missed calls. This morning when I woke up I realized that it was my family member that was a victim to gun violence. "

While the investigation continues, Edmond says he doesn't want another family to experience this type of grief.

"Put these guns down," Edmond said. "We don't have to have these guns around these children. These children need a voice and they need to be able to live. We've got to make a better way for them."

While police haven't released details about the shooting, Edmond says this case should serve as a reminder for families to be mindful of their children and to keep a close eye on them, especially if there are weapons in the house.

Meanwhile, Police have arrested a fourth suspect wanted in connnection with the shooting.

24-year-old Markeithon Edmond of Lafayette was arrested for Accessory After the Fact. He was located at a residence in New Iberia. He was arrested and booked at the Iberia Parish Sheriff’s Office.

He is awaiting transport to the Lafayette Parish Correctional Center. The investigation remains on-going.

Lafayette Police have arrested three other people in connection with a shooting incident Sunday night that left a 2-year-old dead.Officers say they responded to a residence in the 100 block of Northern Avenue on Sunday, June 30 in reference to an injured toddler.

When they arrived, officers say that they located a two-year-old suffering from a gunshot wound. The child was transported to a local hospital where he was later pronounced dead.

Three adults present at the home at the time of the shooting incident were arrested, including the child’s mother identified as 22-year-old MaKayla Cormier.

18-year-old Antorio Edmond, 22-year-old Nathan Bob and Cormier were booked with one count each of Negligent Homicide.

An additional suspect is being sought for Accessory After the Fact. That suspect’s name and photo has not been released. The investigation remains ongoing.

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