Calvin Munerlyn, a father of nine, was gunned down after turning a customer away for trying to enter a Family Dollar in Michigan without a mask, according to authorities.
Monday, Genesee County Prosecutor David Leyton charged three suspects in the murder – Sharmel Teague, 45; Larry Edward Teague, 44; and Ramonyea Bishop, 23.
"Decisions like staying home when we can, wearing a mask when going to the store and staying a safe distance from those around us, these should not be political arguments," Leyton said. "They don't necessitate acts of defiance. and we simply cannot devolve into an us-versus-them mentality.
"We really need to make a commitment as a community ... to doing the things necessary to allow us to stay healthy and turn the page on this crisis altogether. If not for ourselves, we should do this for Calvin Munerlyn, who has lost his life needlessly and senselessly."
Officials said Sharmel Teague and her daughter went to the Family Dollar in Flint, Michigan, Friday afternoon. Security footage shows Munerlyn and Teague got into a verbal altercation after he told the woman her daughter needed a face mask to enter the store. Teague yelled and spit at Munerlyn, who asked her to leave the store and instructed a cashier not to serve her.
Under Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's executive order, everyone must wear a mask in all enclosed public spaces to halt the spread of COVID-19. If customers refuse to comply, businesses can turn them away.
The security footage shows the two driving off in a red GMC Envoy.
The same vehicle returned about 20 minutes later at 2:15 p.m. Two suspects, Larry Teague, Sharmel's husband, and Ramonyea Bishop, her son, entered the store. Teague confronted the security guard about disrespecting his wife, and Bishop fatally shot him in the back of the head, Leyton said. The two men then left the store.
Munerlyn, 43, was transported to Hurley Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.
Munerlyn, also known as "Duper," leaves behind nine children and his wife, Leyton said. A GoFundMe page for Munerlyn was created two days ago and raised more than $30,000.
"Duper was a hardworking father and husband who lost his life while doing his job securing the place of business and asking all customers to wear a mask for our own safety as well as others," according to a statement on the page.
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City Commissioner Bryant Nolden said he knew Munerlyn most of his life and saw him training others free of charge.
"He was just an all-around good guy. When I found out what had happened to him, it really broke my heart because I knew what kind of person he was," Nolden said. "This was extremely senseless over a mask. ... We need to stop the senseless violence in the community. This was totally uncalled for, he didn't bother a soul. All he wanted to do was take care of his family, and he always had his kids with him. This is a real loss for this community, and really, it's a big loss for me as an individual."
Both suspects are at large and considered armed and dangerous, Leyton said. Sharmel Teague is in custody, awaiting arraignment charges.
Contributing: Miriam Marini
This article originally appeared on Detroit Free Press: Family Dollar security guard killed after telling shopper to wear mask