Oklahoma County prosecutors charged four people with first-degree murder this week in connection to the killing of 14-year-old Dominique Ross, Ross was shot and killed at a southeast Oklahoma City apartment complex last month.
The teen’s family and friends celebrated on Tuesday, what would have been his 15th birthday.
“He should be enjoying his day with his family,” said Rachel McKay, family friend.
Taken only weeks before his 15th birthday, Ross's family and friends are still trying to cope with his sudden death. McKay, a family friend, wears a t-shirt in memory of the teen who loved to play football and basketball. She said her kids grew up with Ross.
“He was rowdy, he was fun to be around. Very caring. You know he loved his family,” said McKay. “It’s been a tragedy losing Dominique, for the whole family.”
Ross died in the apartment breezeway near Southeast 59th Street and Sunnylane Road last month. Witnesses told police four to five people rushed into an apartment with guns drawn. They allegedly shot Ross when he confronted them.
“We’re not exactly sure where he was at or who he was with,” said McKay.
Investigators learned the names of four teenage suspects and arrested each of them days after the murder.
“I really didn’t know what to think, honestly,” said McKay. “I don’t think any of us have completely processed everything yet.”
McKay said Ross' mother is now planning for her son's funeral, a financial cost she was not prepared for. A GoFundMe page was set up to help pay for the $4,000 burial. They plan to hold Ross' funeral on Wednesday.
“Treasure your children,” said McKay. “Tragedy can strike at any time.”
McKay said donations can also be made to the Howard Harris funeral home in southwest Oklahoma City by calling 405-682-1883.