DETROIT (WWJ) – Police Chief Ralph Godbee says they hope to make an arrest soon in the drive-by shooting death of a man who was a volunteer for the community organization “Detroit 300”.

In an exclusive interview Thursday with WWJ Newsradio 950, Godbee called Marcel Jackson’s death a “sad irony.”

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“We were all hurt as a community … and I’m sure the irony is not lost on anyone, because he has assisted our community in being safe,” said Godbee. “And for him to be a victim of a violent crime it just really accentuates the fact that we have a lot to do as a community — step up and take responsibility for our actions.”

Godbee said Jackson, who left behind a wife and six children, was an inspiration to many in the community.

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“Not only as a Detroit 300 member, but as a father and as a business owner who provided security for various events — and it’s an ironic event from that standpoint,” he said.

Jackson was killed outside a night club on Congress Street where he was working security.

Godbee said Detroit police are following up on a number of leads.

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