GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — A groom who was shot 10 times in downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan earlier this month is expected to survive after his bride helped stem the bleeding, according to family members.

Just after midnight on June 5, 23-year-old Marcellous Suttles was out with his bride hours after their wedding.

“It was such a happy day,” his mother Natasha Suttles told Nextstar’s WOODTV. “I don’t want to remember that night. We’re going to remember it for the rest of our lives.”

Grand Rapids police respond to the area of Pearl Street NW downtown in the early hours of June 5, 2022.
Grand Rapids police respond to the area of Pearl Street NW downtown in the early hours of June 5, 2022.

Marcellous Suttles was one of four men who were shot that night. One of the men, 25-year-old Armonie Acklin, died at the scene.

Police said two groups of people who knew each other ran into each other before a fight broke out. Court documents said Genesis Lewis told investigators he went to his vehicle to get a handgun and started firing. Lewis, 23, was charged with second-degree murder, three counts of assault with intent to murder and a count of felony firearm in connection to the shooting.

Kieychia Likely, Marcellous Suttles’ aunt, was the maid of honor at the wedding. She called it “gut-wrenching” to go from a “beautiful ceremony” to receiving the phone call that her nephew had been shot.

“You go from extreme high of happiness to an extreme low of potentially your loved one is gone in the same day you’re celebrating such a beautiful union,” Likely said. “You’re potentially mourning the loss of somebody you care about deeply.”

Family members said the bride used ties and belts to stem her husband’s bleeding and to help at least one other man before emergency responders arrived.

An undated courtesy photo of Marcellous Suttles and his bride.
An undated courtesy photo of Marcellous Suttles and his bride.

“She was covered in blood,” Likely said. “They wouldn’t release her because she witnessed the whole thing. The streets were blocked off. She was hysterical, rightfully so because she had just gotten married that morning.”

Marcellus Suttles suffered wounds to his shoulder, stomach, hand and thigh. Despite that, he was released from the hospital the same day. His mother called it a “miracle.”

Likely said Marcellous Suttles doesn’t have a good memory of what happened that night.

He still has a long road to recovery. Natasha Suttles said her son will need surgery on his hand and possibly his shoulder.

“One of the bullets has moved from his shoulder now,” she said. “He does have fragments still in his shoulder because the shoulder is also broken. It did move into his chest cavity by his lung now. We’re a little worried about that now, even though they say we don’t have to worry.”

Marcellous Suttles has two younger brothers, ages 8 and 12.

“They don’t really know how to deal with it and process,” Natasha Suttles said.

“There are multiple family members whose lives have been forever changed by this,” Likely said. “It’s important to keep them in mind and keep them in prayer as well. This is the beginning of a long road. That night was the starting point.”