The parents of 27-year-old Carrington Carter II told WUSA9 they’ve started a charity scholarship in their son’s name with a golf tournament expected this October.
Their hope is to steer the young away from gun violence after learning the news of two arrests in their son’s murder.
The two men charged are 28-year-old Julius Senior of Upper Marlboro, Md. He’s facing first and second-degree murder. Police also arrested 22-year-old Jamal Garner of Northwest, D.C. He’s charged with attempted first and second-degree murder.
“When I went to the internet and pulled up the pictures. It was unbelievable,” said the victim’s mother, Shernell Carter. His father continued, “ … that these two people that look to be kids, have no value for life.”
Both Mrs. Carter and Carrington Carter Sr. say the arrests don’t take away the pain, but there is some relief.
“[That] some other family, some other child, some other person cannot be harmed by this individual,” said Carter Sr.
He’s talking about the 28-year-old suspect who police say was recently arrested with at least one illegal firearm in his car. Both suspects are being held in D.C. Garner was actually arrested in April according to D.C. court records.
On Dec. 30, 2016, police responded 7100 block of White Pearl Place and found a man suffering from gunshot wounds. Two Sheriff Deputies had reportedly rolled-up onto the scene and was struck by a get-a-way vehicle but the car got away.
The victim was identified as 27-year-old Carrington Carter II of Fort Washington, Md. Carter later died at the hospital.
After an investigation, police say the shooting stemmed from an illegal drug transaction.
The Carters say they knew nothing about their son’s involvement with drugs and that his good outweighs the last minutes of his life.
Many knew Carter II as a star athlete and student at both Morehouse and Georgetown Universities. Carter Sr. says his son was an Assistant Coach with the AAU basketball team, DC Premier.
His parents also said he was always calling Division 1 colleges on other students’ behalf. He was studying to be a Sports Manager at Georgetown University.
Carter Sr. says more information was read to them in the charging documents. They told WUSA9 the suspects were not their son’s friends and never met the two.
“He definitely got mixed in with the wrong folks and we know that he wasn’t raised that way,” said Carter Sr.
Sadly, this is not the only tragedy the family would face. About three months later, they lost their 18-year-old cousin to D.C. gun violence.
Metropolitan police say 18-year-old Ayanna McAllister was shot and killed when a gunman opened fire on her group. She was with a sister and friends shooting a music video in Northeast, D.C. at the time. She was also on her college spring break.
“Hopefully we’ll have some tools to help people, you know young people, express and cope with these issues or moments of conflict,” Carter Sr. said.
They started a charity and scholarship in Carrington’s name hoping to do just that.
Mrs. Carter says a minimum $5,000 scholarship will be given to a select group of students. The application deadline will be on their son’s birthday, November 5th. The announcements will be made on the day of his death, December 30th.