Thousands gather to mourn Michigan school shooting victims; parents of suspect in court: What we know

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Teen’s parents accused of shooting at Oxford High School pleaded not guilty Saturday morning for charges of involuntary manslaughter, hours after community members mourned four students shot dead at suburban Detroit High School.

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a judge fixed the bond At $500,000 each for 45-year-old James Crumbley and 43-year-old Jennifer Crumbley, much more than what was sought by defense attorneys. Oakland County Prosecutor Karen McDonald said each parent was charged with four counts of involuntary manslaughter, saying they took a gun used in the shooting for their son, Ethan Crumbley, 15, as a Christmas gift. Bought it. He is accused of shooting four students and injuring seven others on Tuesday.

The juvenile was charged Wednesday as an adult with murder, terrorism and other crimes, which investigators called a . was described as Systematic and deliberate genocide.


Meanwhile, thousands of people gathered with candles Friday Night Vigil To honor the dead. Four minutes of silence began for the meeting four died: Tate Myere, 16; Hana St. Juliana, 14; Medicine Baldwin, 17; and Justin Schilling, 17.

funeral services were scheduled for the coming days, starting on Saturday.

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Oakland County Executive David Coulter told the crowd that those who lost their lives and the damage they caused will always be remembered, but it will happen A community coming together.

“In this night of unspeakable pain it may seem impossible now that there is such a thing as happiness in our future, but I believe that despite our limited understanding, peace comes,” he said.

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said that while the community has been through “one of the worst weeks in Michigan history,” they’ve also seen some of the best in each other.

“We have seen the best in our children, who are stronger than we ever imagined,” she said. “We saw the best in our teachers, who acted quickly and saved lives. We saw the best in our Meijer employees, who helped reunite families. We brought the best in doctors and nurses and faith leaders Saw those who helped us get through this difficult, terrifying moment. We saw the best in our first responders who got there so quickly. And the best in Michigan everywhere, who have donated money to help the community.”

In his first Big Ten Championship Game appearance on Saturday, University of Michigan football team jersey It will include a patch with the colors of Oxford High School – blue and gold – and four hearts for the students who died. The patch will also feature the letters “TM” and the number “42”, which was once worn by Oxford football player Tate Myere.

on Sunday, Detroit Lions to honor victims With an Oxford-themed helmet decal and a moment of silence before their game against the Minnesota Vikings.

Here’s what we know on Saturday:

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The judge awarded a combined $1M to the suspect’s parents. bond set on

Rochester Hills District Court Judge Julie Nicholson cited concerns that James and Jennifer Crumbley did not appear on Friday. Bond set at a combined $1 million, Both appeared for indictment via video from the Oakland County Jail.

On Friday, the US Marshals Service released “Wanted” posters and offered a reward for information leading to the arrest of the Crumblies. He was found and arrested early Saturday in Detroit after someone spotted his vehicle and called the police.

Detroit Police Chief James White told reporters the two were found inside a commercial building and were “distressed.” They were unarmed, he said.

White said police believe someone may have let the Crumblies into the building. He said those helping the couple could face criminal charges.

Lawyers for the Crumbleys said in Saturday’s court appearance that their clients were not on the run and that the missed appearance in court was the result of miscommunication.

One of the couple’s attorneys, Shannon Smith, said, “Our clients were going to completely turn themselves in.” “It was just a matter of logistics.”

Rochester Hills District Court Judge Julie Nicholson cited concerns about flight risk before setting bonds on Saturday.

“These allegations are very, very serious, there’s no question about it,” Nicholson said. “The Court has some concern about the public safety as well as the flight risk in view of the circumstances of yesterday and the fact that the defendants had to be arrested to appear for the purposes of the arrest.”

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Family lawyers claim the gun was left uncovered

Prosecutors said the gun used in the shooting was kept in an unlocked drawer at the home of the Crumbley family after the couple bought the weapon as a Christmas gift to their son.

McDonald’s said at a news conference Friday that Crumbley’s parents did not ask where the gun was when they were called to school on the day of the shooting because of a disturbing picture of their son holding a shotgun.

He said his investigation revealed that Ethan Crumbley had researched ammunition at school and was allowed to return to class after meeting with his parents.

Before the Oxford shooting:The authorities repeatedly said that the parents’ school was safe

Lawyers representing the parents claimed that the Crumblies left the gun open. Smith said it is “absolutely not true” that his son has “free access” to a gun.

The couple’s attorneys, Smith and Mariel Lehman, issued a statement before reading in part: “While it is human nature to blame someone or point to something or something that makes us answer, in this case The intent of the allegations is to set an example and send a message. … We intend to fight this matter in court and not in the court of the people. We know that in the end the whole story and truth will prevail. “

Contributions: Dave Birkett, Darcy Moran, Susan Vella and Scott Talley, Detroit Free Press; Ryan W. Miller and Jeanine Santucci, USA Today

Contact News Now Reporter Christine Fernando at [email protected] or follow him on twitter @christinetfern,

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