ANN ARBOR (AP) – Family members of a University of Michigan medical student who was found slain in July said they don’t know who might have killed him and want anyone with information about the case to come forward.

Second Lt. Paul DeWolf, 25, was attending the Ann Arbor school on an Air Force scholarship. He was found dead July 24 at his off-campus apartment of a single gunshot to the neck after failing to report for work at a hospital. Authorities have released few details of the killing.

“He just wanted to help people and that’s why it comes as a complete surprise and shock to us that this would happen to him,” Thom DeWolf, his father, told WOOD-TV.

“We don’t understand why,” Kris DeWolf said of her son’s death. “This was a child, a young man who really had no enemies.”

Asked whether the family had a message for anyone responsible for Paul DeWolf’s death, his father said they should think about what kind of person he was and surrender to authorities.

“At some point in their life, they will have to face a judge,” Thom DeWolf said. “Whether it’s an earthly judge or an eternal judge and an earthly judge will be much easier than an ethereal judge will be.”

Paul DeWolf, a native of Schoolcraft in southwestern Michigan, had planned to graduate from medical school next year. The night before his body was found, his family said he was at his apartment studying for a surgery he was planning to participate in and was texting his sister, Rebekah.

“That was my last conversation,” she said. “He told me `perfect, thanks’.”

Thousands of dollars of reward money is being offered for information in the case.

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