Reporting Sandra McNeill
DETROIT (WWJ) - Grieving families are pleading for the public’s help to bring to justice the person responsible for the deaths of four people, murdered last month on Detroit’s east side.
A childcare worker, a 10th grader from Denby High, an aspiring rapper and a short order cook from St. Clair Shores were found shot to death execution style at approximately 9:15 p.m. on Dec. 4, at a home in the 15000 block of Tacoma at Brock Avenue.
Sheila Davis, mother of victim 34-year-old Dyrelle Davis, on Wednesday issued a heart-wrenching plea for answers. For her, his death has been too much to bear.
“A mother never expects to have her child taken away like that. We always believe that our kids are going to be the ones to bury us,” she said. “… Please help us solve this. There are so many unanswered questions. The biggest one is, ‘Why?’”
Also killed were Janetta Harris, 22, Jason Koester, 28 and Shawn Bender, 16.
Mel Koester said his 22-year-old son was just in the wrong place at the wrong time. He said the home was not a drug house, as has been reported.
“There was nobody in there, just the four people that were in there. My son was in there for one week and he was moving back out … he was just there one week for his girlfriend, to be with her,” Koester said.
Koester said he’s having a tough dealing with Jason’s death.
“Going to the doctor, she’s giving me medication; basically medicating me so I can get past this,” he said. “I get up in the morning and I think about him and I don’t stop thinking about him til at night when I’m asleep
“I just keep thinking about his last moments on earth. I just hope he didn’t know that it was coming. They just shot him like a dog in there
Koester said his son planned to get married this month.
This was the latest shocking crime to happen in Detroit, where homicides spiked this year, totaling 354 through Thanksgiving. In all of 2011, there were 344 killings.
Crime Stoppers is offering a reward of up to $3,500 for tips leading to an arrest in the case. Anyone with information is asked to call 1-800-SPEAK-UP.