A Michigan security guard was shot dead last Friday after an argument over face masks. Now, NBC News reports that three individuals have been charged in his death.
Forty-three-year-old Calvin Munerlyn died at a Family Dollar in Flint after being shot in the head, leaving behind a wife and eight children, according to NBC.
Security guard shot
Prosecutors allege that Munerlyn approached Sharmel Teague and her daughter when the pair entered the Family Dollar store to request that Teague’s daughter put on a face mask. Michigan’s governor, Democrat Gretchen Whitmer, has required that state residents wear masks in public spaces amid the COVID-19 pandemic, ClickOnDetroit reports.
Teague, for her part, reportedly refused Munerlyn’s request and spat in the security guard’s face before leaving the store, according to The Washington Post. She later returned with her husband and son, who authorities say murdered Munerlyn before fleeing the scene. One of the men is reported to have complained that Munerlyn had disrespected Teague.
“From all indications, Mr. Munerlyn was simply doing his job in upholding the governor’s executive order related to the COVID-19 pandemic for the safety of store employees and customers,” Genesee County prosecutor David Leyton said of the incident, according to NBC News.
Teague, who is 45, has since been arrested, Leyton told NBC. The two other suspects remain at large.
Wife and kids left to grieve
Speaking with reporters, Munerlyn’s wife, Latryna Sims-Munerlyn, was distraught. “This can’t be real. My babies need their daddy,” she sobbed, according to BuzzFeed News. The two were married for 10 years.
“I’m just suffocating. I feel like a knife is in my chest,” Sims-Munerlyn added, according to BuzzFeed.
The killing was caught on video, and eyewitnesses were also present. “One of them started yelling at Mr. Munerlyn about disrespecting his wife,” Leyton told NBC of the incident. “The other black male walks up and shoots Mr. Munerlyn.”
A vigil was held on Sunday night to honor the slain security guard. “He always liked to stay on the go all the time, so I called him Duper, Super Duper,” Bernadett Munerlyn told Michigan news outlet MLive of her late son.
The security guard’s son was also employed at the Family Dollar, according to MLive, though he wasn’t there at the time of his father’s death.
“My son called me and he said, ‘Mama, you got to get to the store,’ and my heart just dropped,” Sims-Munerlyn recounted to MLive. “I said, ‘Why son?’ He said, ‘Mama, just go to the store.’ … I just instantly thought my baby was gone.”