Retaliation Murder at Balloon Release Stemmed From Mistaken Identity – NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth
A 20-year-old Lancaster resident is dead after a balloon release shot on Sunday, police say.
According to the DeSoto Police Department, the shooting took place during a ceremony honoring 19-year-old Camran Collier, who was fatally shot in the driver’s seat of his Honda Accord on the 1100 block of Westlake Drive on April 22nd.
Police said after the ceremony that one of the participants, 20-year-old Kolby Marquise Graham, was shot in the head by another participant in the ceremony.
Graham initially survived the shooting but died a few days later, police said.
DeSoto police said detectives felt there was a link between Graham’s death and Collier’s murder.
According to police, their investigation found Graham was falsely identified as Collier’s killer on multiple social media posts.
Camran Collier’s brother, 22-year-old Norman Christopher Collier, mistakenly believed internet rumors about the identity of his brother’s killer, police said.
Police said Norman Collier then took revenge on the wrong man at his brother’s balloon release ceremony by shooting Graham.
DeSoto police have arrested Norman Collier and charged him with capital murder related to Graham’s death, police said.
According to police, Collier is being held in Dallas County Jail where he is being held on a $ 1 million bond.