There was a lot riding on Anthony Marshall’s visit to Lancaster over the weekend. It was the first time he was going to be spending Father’s Day with his 25-year-old son.
About 30 minutes into the holiday Sunday, the visit unexpectedly became their last.
Marshall and his son, Tyquane Christian, were at a party in the 600 block of Lafayette Street when a fight broke out. Marshall and Christian were both shot, according to Marshall’s cousin, Jose Marshall. He said his cousin jumped in front of Christian, taking a bullet directed at his son.
Anthony Marshall, 44, died later at Lancaster General Hospital. Christian, 25, was hit in the shoulder and was hospitalized, Jose Marshall said.
“That’s the ultimate sacrifice for a dad. That’s the greatest gift that somebody can give,” he said.
Police did not release the name of the wounded man, saying only that he was 25 years old and was being treated at a hospital for non-life-threatening injuries.
The shooting happened in the 600 block of Lafayette Street near the Kunzler & Co. factory. There are Lancaster Safety Coalition cameras on Laurel Street at Manor and High streets.
Police have not charged anyone in the homicide and continue to investigate.
Anthony Marshall died from a gunshot wound to his chest, according to Lancaster County Coroner Dr. Stephen Diamantoni. Diamantoni ruled his death a homicide.
His death is the fourth homicide in Lancaster city this year. Last week, 16-year-old Benjamin Ramos died after being stabbed on Fremont Street.
Jose Marshall, 48, grew up in Lancaster but lives in Lititz. In a phone interview Monday, he said he knows Ramos’ family, too.
“That’s two people we’re burying in less than a week,” he said.
Anthony Marshall spent time in and out of prison, mostly for drug-related charges, according to court records. He moved to Harrisburg to be away from negative influences in Lancaster, his cousin said.
“He was staying clean, trying to reconnect and build relationships with his children,” Jose Marshall said. Anthony Marshall had five children: three, including Christian, between the ages of 25 and 27, and two younger children.
“It finally looked like he beat it,” Jose Marshall said.
Anthony Marshall’s sister, Gina George, lived near him in Harrisburg. He was looking forward to Father’s Day weekend with his son, she said.
All day Saturday, he was sharing photos and videos from his time in Lancaster, she said.
“His life wasn’t great growing up. He made mistakes. But ... he was doing so good,” George, 49, said. “To be taken so sudden by senseless gunfire ...” her voice trailed off in a phone interview Monday.
Jose Marshall implored the person responsible to come forward.
“Give yourself up. Put this to rest,” he said.
Jose Marshall worries there could be revenge or retaliation. He doesn’t want to see that.
“Before (police) come looking, give yourself up and deal with what you got to deal with,” he said.
A vigil for Anthony Marshall is scheduled for 6 p.m. Thursday on Laurel Street.