Brothers charged with murder in death of Texas High student; victim named

Deadly gunfire near middle school stemmed from argument earlier in day on Texas High campus, police say
From left: Kamorion Meachem, 19 and Kerian Meachem, 18. The brothers face a charge of murder...
From left: Kamorion Meachem, 19 and Kerian Meachem, 18. The brothers face a charge of murder each.(TTPD | TTPD)
Published: Oct. 25, 2021 at 2:57 PM CDT|Updated: Oct. 25, 2021 at 10:27 PM CDT
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TEXARKANA, Texas (KSLA) — Two brothers, ages 18 and 19, are facing a murder charge each following the shooting death of a schoolmate on Monday, Oct. 25.

Kamorion Meachem, 18, and Kieran Meachem, 19, are both charged with murder, according to Shawn M. Vaughn, the public information officer for the Texarkana Texas Police Department.

The victim is identified as 17-year-old Ulises Martinez.

The deadly gunfire occurred about 1:45 p.m. Monday, Oct. 25 on Sidney Drive. That’s where police say they found the 17-year-old dead in the street.

That scene is within a few blocks of Pleasant Grove Middle School, which is located in the 5600 block of Cooks Lane in Texarkana, Texas.

That campus went on lockdown as a precaution when Texarkana, Texas, police reached out to Pleasant Grove ISD just before 2 p.m., a school district spokeswoman said.

“We ask that parents do not come to the school. We are on lockdown. Everyone on campus is safe,” Shelby Akin, marketing and communications director said at the time.

That lockdown has since been lifted. An update posted on the school district’s website reads:

“Today at 2:00 p.m. the Pleasant Grove Middle School campus went into lockdown as a precautionary measure due to a shooting in a neighborhood near campus. We have been notified by the Texarkana Texas Police Department that the suspect has been taken into custody and there is no additional threat to the area. Pleasant Grove Middle School is no longer on lockdown. Thank you to our local law enforcement personnel and our parents for your support through this event.”

Pleasant Grove Independent School District

And later, Texarkana Independent School District released the following statement:

Police say the deadly shooting on Sidney stemmed from an argument earlier in the day on the Texas High campus.

About 600 students are enrolled in 6th, 7th, and 8th grade at Pleasant Grove Middle.

The lockdown did not impact the school district’s other three campuses.

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