‘I was with him when he fell’: Celebratory night on Beale Street ends with son’s death, mother says

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — What was supposed to be a celebratory night on Beale Street ended with one man dead and two others still in critical condition almost two days later.

Monday, the victim’s mother, who was there at the time of the shooting, says she’s still waiting to get straight answers from Memphis Police as the investigation continues.

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“The day he died was his daddy birthday,” said Tashia Smith.

Smith said she and almost 20 other family and friends all went to Beale Street on Saturday night to remember Tacquan Smith’s father, who was killed in Memphis this past October.

But by 3 a.m., her son was killed.

“I was with him when he fell. I was with him til the other police officers started coming, then they dragged me away because he stopped breathing, and they were tryna revive him,” she said.

Smith said her son, 26-year-old Tacquan Smith, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Days later, she said they still don’t know who shot him.

“Police was already shooting when he fell. They was already shooting their guns. All them,” she said.

A news release from Memphis Police described two groups shooting at each other and three officers caught in the crossfire.

Smith’s family said they need answers now.

“They wouldn’t even let me see my son’s body after they left him on the ground 7, 8, 9 hours. Don’t make no sense,” she said. “Why do you need to identify him when I’m right there to identify him?”

Memphis Police said the three officers are currently relieved of duty pending the outcome of the investigation.