An innocent trip before Christmas to a Detroit casino turned deadly and now the family of a murdered Wyandotte man is asking for the public’s help to find his killer.

Scott Groat, 30, a tattoo artist, was killed December 17. Reports indicate Groat and a friend went to MGM Grand Detroit Casino for a party, and at about midnight, Groat was walking at Grand River and Bagley, three blocks from the casino.

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That’s where Detroit police say he was confronted by three men and stabbed multiple times in the neck.

“Scott’s friend was able to get Scott into the car and call 911 who directed him to the hospital. However Scott didn’t make it, he passed away before making it to the hospital,” a family member said in an email, adding:

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“His last words were ‘Please don’t let me die.'”

Groat left behind a 1-year-old daughter.

“Someone had to have seen this brutal act of violence occur … Please help put these killers behind bars,” the family member said.

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Anyone with information on the crime is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-SPEAK-UP. A reward is being offered for the arrest and conviction of a suspect.