The Christmas holidays turned bleak for a Marksville family after one of their own was taken down as an innocent bystander.
An early morning shooting at a Marksville barroom left a former Marksville High School basketball star, who had gone on to play in college basketball, dead. The victim was apparently in town for the holidays between semesters.
A convicted felon was arrested in the case and charged with second degree murder.
The incident was the second shooting that involved a death in 2008 at a Marksville area lounge. The incident happened at 1:11 a.m. Sunday, December 21 at Borrel’s Lounge on Preston Street in Marksville.
According to Marksville Police Chief Newman Greenhouse, Mryon Mingo was an innocent bystander when he was struck by a ricochet bullet and killed. Mingo, age 25 of 601 Overton Street, Marksville, was rushed to the emergency room at Avoyelles Hospital by Marksville Police but died a few minutes later at the hospital.
Chief Greenhouse said an, alleged, argument broke out between two men at the lounge. Giles McGhee, age 24 of 234 Ferdinand Street, and Ronnie Day, age and address unknown, had a struggle when McGhee, allegedly, pointed a 9 mm weapon in the face of Day.
Day, allegedly, told police he was scared of being shot in the face by McGhee and tried to get the gun away from him. During the struggle the gun went off striking the floor before ricocheting and striking Mingo in the right upper chest and neck.
According to police, McGhee then fled the scene with the gun. Marksville began a search for McGhee, who, allegedly, went to a house on Brouillette Street. He wasn’t found at the home but at 3:20 p.m. on Sunday afternoon he turned himself into the Marksville Police.
Police also arrested McGhee’s girlfriend, Brenda Jones Campbell, age 29 of 315 Martin Luther King Street in Marksville. She was booked with obstruction of justice.
McGhee had started serving probation in April of this year for felony drug charges, according to Chief Greenhouse.
McGhee was charged with second degree murder, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and possession of a firearm on the premises of an establishment serving alcoholic beverages.
He was booked into the Avoyelles Parish Jail under a $500,000 bond. He remained in jail on Monday.
Mingo was a basketball star at Marksville High in the years prior to his graduation in 2002. He had been playing ball at McCook Community College in McCook, Nebraska. The 6-2, 180 pound guard was an All-District and All-State player under Head Coach Kirby Roy at Marksville High.
“I was just devastated when I heard the news,” Kirby Roy said. “It was like someone hit me when I heard the news.” Roy coached Mingo during his first three years in high school.
“When he was a freshman in high school, I told the other players they should be cautious because Myron was going to be a starter. He was starting by mid-season. Myron was an outstanding student. He was low-key, never in trouble and fun to be around. He always had a smile on his face.”
John Mesh, sports editor at the McCook Daily Gazette in McCook, Nebraska, didn’t have stats but did say Mingo had started most if not all of the games played by McCook Community College.
Mingo is survived by his mother Genevieve Mingo of Marksville and his father, Robert Lee, Jr. of Marksville.
This is the second murder that occurred in a nightclub this year. On Sunday morning, April 20, Jovondra Ravare of Marksville, was beaten to death with a baseball bat and five others hurt in an incident that happened at Bize’s Lounge north of Marksville.
Ravare, age 26, was killed when he was allegedly beaten by Kendrick J. Scott, age 23 of the Lettsworth area. Scott fled the scene and was not captured until late July. Scott is awaiting trial on a second degree murder charge.
"After hearing the news, I was deeply saddened in learning of the loss of Myron," said Dr. Michael Chipps, president of the Mid Nebraska Community College. Our entire college family will be keeping the Mingo family in their thoughts and prayers during this difficult time."