Man arrested in double murder

Published: Oct. 14, 2021 at 4:58 PM EDT
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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) – A man from Michigan was arrested Thursday in a double murder in Charleston that claimed the lives of two young women, Charleston Police said.

Police say Marquis Jermayne Goodman, 21, of Detroit, is responsible for the shooting deaths of Bria Nicole White and Kytiana Belcher.

Both women, who were in their 20s, were shot last Friday at different locations on the city’s West Side. Investigators say the two were together at the time of the shooting but White was found in the 300 block of Hunt Avenue around 1:30 a.m., while Belcher was found along the 1000 block of Grant Street around 8 a.m.

“I do give my condolences to the other family. They’re feeling how we’re feeling,” said Tonesha Copning, Kytiana’s cousin. “We’re going to miss them a lot.”

Charleston Police say they were working with Detroit Police to track down Goodman. It was around 4 p.m. Thursday that Detroit police arrested Goodman in Detroit city limits.

“We’re glad that we have justice, we thank God that we have justice for Ky,” Copning said. “Things go on in this world that we can’t control, but when it comes to your loved ones it hurts more than anything.”

Goodman faces two counts of first-degree murder. Police have not released a motive at this time.

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