Death – Suspect arrested after 2 shot, killed in Benton Harbor

Death – Obituary

BENTON HARBOR, Mich. (WOOD) — A man faces murder charges for the shooting deaths of two people in Benton Harbor on Christmas Eve, police say.

Dwand Dontrell Carter, 37, is expected to be arraigned Monday on two counts of open murder, two counts of being a felon in possession of a firearm and two counts of using a weapon in the commission of a felony.

The shooting happened around 3:30 p.m. Dec. 24 on Buss Avenue between Hull Avenue and McCord Street. The Benton Harbor Department of Public Safety said that officers called there on a report of gunfire found two people dead in a car.

The names of the two victims, a 37-year-old woman and a 38-year-old man, have not been released.

An investigation soon led police to Carter. He was arrested Christmas Day and taken into custody by the Michigan Department of Corrections on an unrelated charge.

Online MDOC records show Carter had been paroled from prison in March 2020. Before that, he was serving time for a 2009 home invasion in Berrien County.

Carter also has previous convictions for assault, car theft and interfering with electronic communications, MDOC records show.

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What Is An Obituary

In national newspapers an obituary (obit for short) is a news article that reports the recent death of a prominent person. Although it tends to focus on positive aspects of the subject's life this is not always the case. According to Nigel Farndale, the Obituaries Editor of The Times: “Obits should be life affirming rather than gloomy, but they should also be opinionated, leaving the reader with a strong sense of whether the subject lived a good life or bad; whether they were right or wrong in the handling of their public affairs.”

In local newspapers, an obituary may be published for any local resident upon death. A necrology is a register or list of records of the deaths of people related to a particular organization, group or field, which may only contain the sparsest details, or small obituaries. Historical necrologies can be important sources of information.