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August 13, 2012 [RE-BROADCAST from 8/21/09]

Marcus Dickinson. (Silent Witness)

PHOENIX - There were three things in 21-year-old Marcus Dickson's life that he was passionate about. His 3-year-old daughter, Lil Wayne and skateboarding. Marcus was one of the top skateboarders in the Valley.

"He was known to be the only one to be able to do the "Superman," so he was actually pretty good and everyone loved to watch him get out there and ride his board," said Marcus' big sister Tina Dickson.

Tina Dickson says her little brother was the baby of the family, the youngest of seven children. He was born and raised in Phoenix and had a lot of friends. On Saturday, March 21 just after 6 p.m., his life abruptly and tragically ended.

"He was riding his skateboard westbound on Louis Ave. from 69th Ave. just south of Thomas," said Phoenix Police Detective Mike Fisher.

Detective Fisher says a dark-colored four door car pulled-up to Marcus.

"Two passengers exited the vehicle and one of them started talking to the victim Marcus," said Fisher. "As Marcus was talking to one of the guys, the other guy pulled out a gun and shot him in the head."

They took off leaving him dead in the street. Detective Fisher says a woman was driving the car. She's described as either white or light-skinned Hispanic with blonde highlights.

"There were three Hispanic men in the vehicle in their late teens or early twenties," said Detective Fisher.

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About the Author


Years with the company: 18

More on what you do (at work): I put up with Mac & Gaydos every day as well as writing and anchoring newscasts and doing some reporting. I also produce Silent Witness which airs every Monday morning.

Education: I started in radio during high school and kept with it. I also graduated from modeling school, but quickly realized it isn't what I love to do…radio is.

Family: Married. One pet…a cat named Molly (but she thinks her name is Princess).

Favorite food: I love anything cheesy or chocolatey.

Favorite spot in Arizona: Our family cabin in Strawberry.

Favorite news memory: Too many to list but I remember one time I helped rescue a litter of puppies found in a hole on an empty lot…

Favorite movie: I like too many to list any one as a favorite. I don't like sad movies so my LEAST favorite is Marley & Me!

First job: Washing dishes at the restaurant my friend's parents owned when I was 13.

First concert: Rick Springfield at the Arizona State Fair in 1981.

#1 sports team: Suns, Diamondbacks and Cardinals

Outside interests: I sing with the band at church, I bake, I read and I treasure hunt at thrift stores and yard sales. I also love to travel…but not if I have to drive.

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