MARTIN, Kendarrius DeWayne “K.D.”

Kendarrius DeWayne Martin “K.D.”

Birth: November 12, 1997
Death: May 23, 2017


Kendarrius DeWayne Martin was born to Eric and Tyeesha James and Johnny Durry. Kendarrius attended Dothan City Schools throughout his childhood and graduated from Dothan High School on Saturday, May 20, 2017. Kendarrius excelled in football and basketball. He recently accepted a football scholarship to Minnesota West Community College. Kendarrius was an outgoing person. He loved his family, friends, school mates, and community. Kendarrius’s life ended on Tuesday, May 23, 2017, at the Southeast Alabama Medical Center.

Kendarrius was proceeded in death by His great-grandmothers: Hazel Martin and Minnie Mae Garlington; great grandfather: John Durry; grandfather: Kenneth Garlington; His uncle: Kenny Martin; His daddy: Christopher Grimsley.

He leaves to cherish his memories a loving and devoted family that consist of parents: Eric and Tyeesha James; His father: Johnny Durry; his siblings: KaDashia Durry; Zalika Durry, Eric James Jr., Kenora Blackmon, ZyCory James, Erianna James and Jahniya Woods; grandparents: Sharon Martin and Earnest Myhand, Katrina and Robert Dantley, Angela Garlington, Jewelloan Wilson, John Lee Wilson, Cassandra and JC Skipper; uncles: Spencer Martin, Keith (Amy) Martin, Shane (TyQuana) Martin, LaShawn (Jennifer) Myhand, Jason Myhand, Quinton (Passion) Myhand, Vantez Whigham, Rashawn Mathis, and Joshua Whigham, Michael James, Roy James, Tony Wilson, Wallace Grimsley and Frank McIntyre; aunts: Teresa (Narada) Lloyd, Shann Martin, Tawanna Wilson, Tammy Wilson, Stephanie Wilson and Selissa Corbitt; special uncle: Mazue Martin; special aunts: DeWaszhe Martin and Kamilla Martin; special moms: Katherine “Momma Cat” Springfield, Stephanie Brooks, Erica Jones, Shay Parks, Zann Melton; god parents: Katrina and Billy Wheeler, god sisters: Arlana Lowe and Ainiya Wheeler; god brother: Dee Wheeler; special cousin: Larry B. Brackins; special friends: Tiesha McCall, Memphis Sistrunk, Khyshunna Parks and Cordarrius Battle; Senior Class 2017 Dothan High School Football and Basketball teammates; the mother of his unborn child: Beatrice Hill and a host of great aunts, great uncles, cousins, and friends. Kendarrius was loved by many in the community, he will be greatly missed.

Criminal Details
Carol Robinson – May 26, 2017

Three young suspects in custody in the shooting death of a Dothan teen have now been identified.

Kendarrius Dewayne “K.D.” Martin, a 19-year-old recent graduate of Dothan High School, was shot to death Tuesday night at Wiregrass Park and Recreation Center on Sixth Avenue.

Authorities on Thursday afternoon announced the arrest of a 15-year-old in connection with Martin’s slaying. On Thursday night, lawmen said two more teens were taken into custody in Florida.

In custody are Andre D. Winn, 15, Ashanti T. Williams, 16 and Kentarious McNeil, 16, according to Florida’s Bay County Sheriff’s Office and the Dothan Police Department. Winn is the suspected triggerman. He and Williams are charged as fugitives from justice in Alabama, where they have outstanding murder warrants. Williams is charged as an adult.

During the investigation, sheriff’s officials said, detectives obtained evidence to show that McNeil had given false information to investigators. He was charged in Florida with accessory after the fact to murder.

All three suspects were arrested about 2:30 p.m. Thursday when Panama City police officers spotted a vehicle driven by one of the suspects on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, said Bay County sheriff’s Lt. Jeremy Mathis. The trio was taken into custody without incident.

Dothan police said the teens were arrested in the vehicle that was driven when Martin was killed. Winn and Williams are awaiting extradition to Alabama. “The arrest of the suspect will not fully ease the pain of the family, but we hope it will bring them one step closer,” Dothan police said on Facebook.

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