18-year-old CBHS graduate killed at party held in apartment complex

18-year-old CBHS graduate killed at party held in apartment complex
The shooting happened at Country Squire Apartments in Cordova. (Source: WMC Action News 5)
The shooting happened at Country Squire Apartments in Cordova. (Source: WMC Action News 5)

CORDOVA, TN (WMC) - An 18-year-old was shot and killed during a party at Country Squire Apartments, located at 235 Glen Park Drive, in Cordova on Saturday night.

It's yet another tragic loss in the city of Memphis. A teen who loved sports, had dreams to be in law enforcement and give back to his community, and all that is now gone.

The family is now mourning the loss of their son Eddie McDonald.

"If you ever met him, you never forgot him," Christopher McDonald said about his son Eddie.

McDonald's parents are still trying to piece together what happened at the Country Squire Apartment Saturday night during a party after two men and a woman weren't allowed inside.

Police said a fight started when those people were leaving and all of a sudden, shots rang out.

"Some of the kids heard the gunshots so they jumped off the balcony thing and then Eddie was laying there," Dena McDonald, Eddie's mother said.

Eddie's parents heard that their son acted heroically.

"From what we've heard from his friends, he actually pushed somebody out of the way," Christopher McDonald said. "Yeah, he was trying to help a friend."

For McDonald, that could almost be expected. His parents said Eddie was majoring in criminology at Southwest Tennessee Community College. His dream was to become a police officer.

"He wanted to help people," Dena McDonald  said. "And let people know that cops are good."

We also spoke with a close friend of Eddie McDonald. He's shocked that Eddie is gone.

"He was a great guy. Honestly," Dylan Franklin said. "I know that sounds cliche. But he was an awesome guy."

Making matters possibly worse for the McDonald family, Eddie's brother had just proposed to his girlfriend only hours before Eddie was shot.

"One of the greatest days to one of the worst, or the worst," Eddie's father Christopher McDonald said. "You hope you wake up and it's just a nightmare."

It's a senseless act of violence leaving a Mid-South family wondering why.

"You just never think it's going to happen to your family I guess," Dena, Eddie's mother said.

Memphis police say three people fled the scene in a white car. No arrests have been made so far.

Eddie McDonald's death marks the 217th murder in Memphis this year.

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