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Family honors anniversary of Marquis Hudspeth’s death

Gas station where Marquis Hudspeth was shot and killed by police.
Gas station where Marquis Hudspeth was shot and killed by police.(KSLA)
Published: Mar. 16, 2021 at 9:39 PM CDT|Updated: Mar. 16, 2021 at 9:40 PM CDT
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SHREVEPORT, La. (KSLA) - Eighteen years ago, 25-year-old Marquis Hudspeth was shot and killed by police after they mistook his cell phone as a handgun.

Larita White, the mother of Hudspeth, says she remembers March 15, 2003 like it was yesterday.

“This is the date that he died, he was pronounced dead at 12:05 a.m.,” she said.

That’s the day her son was gunned down by Shreveport police. This came after a car pursuit to stop him because of a traffic violation.

White recalled hearing his voice for the last time.

“I’m on the phone with him right before they kill him and my mother has to wind up telling me that my son is dead,” she said.

White said her family never got the justice they wanted in this case. Now they are releasing balloons to pay respects to Hudspeth.

“When the balloons are released yes they’re going to go up in the sky and disappear or whatever but he will never disappear from my heart,” she said.

Hudspeth would have been 43 years old this year. He left behind three young boys who are now all grown up.

“His sons are now all grown and he has a grand daughter now and she is now a year old and it’s kind of strange because she’ll only learn about him when we tell her about him,” White said.

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