Teen girl dies after shooting outside high school basketball game; suspect’s family speaks

HAYWOOD, Tenn. — An 18-year-old and a 16-year-old were both charged with murder after shooting and killing a girl following a basketball game, according to the Haywood County Sheriff’s Office.

On Feb. 10, the Haywood County Sheriff’s Office and Brownsville Police Department responded to a shooting near Brownsville on Highway 19.

Four people left a Haywood v Ripley basketball game, and as they were driving the vehicle was struck multiple times by gunfire.

One bullet went through the trunk and struck, Christine Michael, 16, in the lower back while sitting in a rear seat.

Michael would later be pronounced dead, deputies said.

Now the family of Christine Michael is left to cope with and grieve their loss.

“It’s not going to be the same, no more. It’s not at all. She was loved by everybody. A good-spirited person, always dancing,” Sharika Michael, aunt.

Michael’s family said she had a bright future, was at the top of her class at Haywood High School, had a 4.0 GPA, was class president, was a thriving member of the student council, and was an athlete.

“I heard my niece passed. And it really hurt my heart. I’m really going to miss her,” Mark Michael, uncle.

Later on Feb. 11, the sheriff’s office arrested Kevion Davis, 18, and a male juvenile.

Both have been booked in the Haywood County Jail on 1st-degree murder charges, and on no bond, court records showed.

Additional charges of 3 counts of attempted 1st-degree murder could be forthcoming.

FOX13 met with Davis’ older brother, Hollis, who grieves for the loss of Christine’s family.

“It’s my baby brother. Why does he have to go through the stuff I went through? I understand their pain because it was a 17-year-old girl, but at the same time, our family is going through it. Can’t do anything, but pray on it,” Hollis Davis said.

The Haywood County Schools superintendent released a statement:

“The incident that took the life of Christine Michael Friday night will forever change the lives of a great many people. Our heartfelt condolences go out to the Michael family during this extremely difficult time, and we want to support and uplift them as they work through the pain that this tragedy has brought to their family. Christine was a promising student who had tremendous plans for her future. We are all deeply saddened by her passing and by the brilliant light that was extinguished Friday evening. Please keep her family in your thoughts.”

This is still an ongoing investigation.