'My sister was always a peacemaker'




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  • 2022-12-05 23:50:46Z
  • By The Gaston Gazette
Shiquan Eleek Ratchford enters the courtroom for his first appearance before Judge Richard Abernethy Monday afternoon, Dec.
Shiquan Eleek Ratchford enters the courtroom for his first appearance before Judge Richard Abernethy Monday afternoon, Dec.  

A man accused of killing a 33-year-old Gastonia woman will be held in jail without bond.

Shiquan Eleek Ratchford, 22, is charged with first-degree murder, possession of a firearm by a felon, and assault by pointing a gun in the death of Megan Michelle Tate.

Ratchford is accused of shooting Tate at a home on Spring Valley Drive, near Shannon Bradley Road, on Friday night.

Gastonia Police were called to the home at 9:36 p.m. Tate was pronounced dead at the scene. Police arrested Ratchford on the 3100 block of Crescent Lane.

In a brief interview, Tate's sister, Jessica Tate, described Megan Tate as a "peacemaker."

"My sister was always a peacemaker. She loved everybody. She loved the whole family," she said.

The shooting was Gastonia's ninth homicide of 2022.

Ratchford was convicted in 2018 of two felony charges of making a false report about a mass shooting on educational property. Ratchford, who was 17 at the time he was charged, wrote on Facebook on Jan. 3, 2018, that he would be "shooting up" Hunter Huss and Stuart Cramer High Schools.

Reporter Kara Fohner can be reached at 704-869-1850 or at kfohner@gannett.com.

This article originally appeared on The Gaston Gazette: Gastonia woman described as peacemaker; murder suspect threated school

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