Arrest made in murder of U.S. soldier near Beale Street - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Arrest made in murder of U.S. soldier near Beale Street

Jeremy Grayson (Source: MPD) Jeremy Grayson (Source: MPD)
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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) -

Twenty-three-year-old Jeremy Grayson is behind bars tonight. He is charged with first degree murder of the shooting death of U.S. Soldier Calvin Wilhite. 

This comes more than a month after a U.S. soldier was shot and killed near Beale street.

Early one Sunday morning in May, a man shot and killed Calvin Wilhite, 26, as he and his girlfriend were walking down Fourth Street toward Beale Street.

Investigators said several men in a car pulled up next to them and tried to talk with Wilhite's girlfriend. Wilhite and one of the men started arguing.

When Wilhite turned to walk away, the man opened fire. Wilhite died in the hospital from his injuries.

Wilhite's family said he was a good soldier who served a year in Iraq and was training to be deployed to Afghanistan.

Wilhite's girlfriend, Terrica Alexander, told WMC Action News 5 they were walking down fourth street when two men yelled out of a vehicle to her. 

"He was defending me. They had their words and it escalated. I got him away when I saw they had a gun," Alexander said. 

The murder happened behind FedEx Forum on Fourth and MLK on Memorial Day weekend. 

Surveillance photos released by the police show the suspect's car, with one man seen sitting outside the passenger window. 

Wilhite's girlfriend went to Facebook, alleging that Grayson is not the man responsible. She says the police still need to arrest the second man, who was the driver.

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