• Memphis teen killed in Southaven crash, family searching for answers

    By: Tom Dees

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    MEMPHIS, Tenn. - A group of teens were joyriding in stolen cars on Old Airways in Southaven, Mississippi when one of the vehicles flipped and went off the road Thursday evening.

    Latavius Gorman, 16, died after the car he was in crashed, and his family wants answers.

    Ricky Shaw is Gorman's Grandfather. He doesn't buy that the stolen truck his grandson was riding in just ran off the road.

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    "16 years, that is a passenger and a kid," Rickey Shaw said. "My understanding is they were joyriding, and the police got behind them."

    Southaven police said the 16-year-old was thrown from the truck. Officials said the truck went through a fence before landing upside down in a ditch.

    Both Latavius Gorman and another passenger were taken to the emergency room. Unfortunately, Gorman didn't make it.

    The driver of the truck that crashed jumped out of the vehicle and got into another car that was riding next to the trio.  

    Deputies were eventually able to take both drivers into custody.

    "Somebody that I have loved dearly, somebody that I have grown to take care of my family, he worked every day hard," Shaw said.

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