Police: Kokomo teen dead after drug deal gone wrong

Fellow classmates at The Crossing in Kokomo mourned the loss of Lemarcus McGraw, who police say was fatally shot after a drug deal gone wrong. (Provided Photo via WISH-TV)
Fellow classmates at The Crossing in Kokomo mourned the loss of Lemarcus McGraw, who police say was fatally shot after a drug deal gone wrong. (Provided Photo via WISH-TV)

KOKOMO, Ind. (WISH/WLFI) — A 17-year-old from Kokomo is dead after what police believe was a drug deal gone wrong. Now, students at The Crossing are mourning the loss of their classmate, Lemarcus McGraw.

On Monday, McGraw’s mother, Kaynia Hendrix, visited The Crossing — an alternative school in Kokomo. She urged students to avoid the kind of decisions that killed her son and landed another young man in jail.

Booking photo shows Kaliel Rucker. (Photo Provided/Howard County Sheriff's Office)
Booking photo shows Kaliel Rucker. (Photo Provided/Howard County Sheriff’s Office)

Police believe 21-year-old Kaliel Rucker shot and killed McGraw Sunday afternoon. Prosecutors have charged him with murder, possession of marijuana and dealing marijuana.

Hendrix asked students to pray for her family and for the suspect’s family and to consider their own futures.

“Lemarcus’ life is gone, but y’all lives are still — each and every one of y’all got a chance,” Hendrix said. “Each and every one of y’all got another chance, another day.”

Officers said Rucker admitted to shooting McGraw after police found his handgun. Detectives believe the Sunday afternoon shooting was the result of a pot deal gone wrong.