Family Describes Scene After Dickinson Street Murder

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Robert and Celia Cherry were getting into bed on the second floor of their Dickinson Street home in Grand Rapids Saturday night when they heard gunshots.

“I thought it was outside,” Robert says. “I went to the window, and I looked out the window, and I seen one guy run across the lawn. And then I ran downstairs.”

“I called to them, ‘Is everything all right? Is everybody all right down there?’ ” Celia says. “When one of the guys said, ‘Call 911,’ I knew then that something was, you know.”

The floors of the family basement were still covered in blood Sunday afternoon – the result of the scene Robert found around the corner.

It’s a scene he can’t bear remembering.

“What did you see when you went down? ” I ask him.

“Oh, man…” He starts to stand up and walk away from the living where we’re speaking.

“I don’t wanna talk about it.”

He walks to a family member and buries his face in their shoulder.

Around a table in the basement, Robert saw four men shot. One of them was his son, Jason, 34. Jason was living at the home. He was unresponsive and died from his injuries.

Jashawn Tatum is in critical condition at St. Mary’s Hospital in Grand Rapids. Two other men, Kevin Harris and Jason’s cousin George Woods, were both treated and released at local hospitals.

All the Cherry family can do now is remember the young man they say brought so much joy to his neighbors and friends.

“Jason was a real kind, loving person,” Celia says. “Well-known by everyone. Didn’t meet any strangers. Everybody liked him.”

“He’ll be well missed by the ones that knew him and loved him. He will be.”

No motive has been determined and no suspects have been arrested.

If you have any information, call the Grand Rapids Police Department at (616) 456-3604 or Silent Observer at (616) 774-2345.

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9 comments

  • concerned mother

    I wish Fox 17 reporters would leave families in the horror of a death alone. Your efforts to increase your ratings are sinful. You are exploiting the families and neighbors at every murder scene for your own gain and it makes me sick. How about some respect for these hurting people and get your details from the police, they are the only ones that need question anyone at this time. Morals? Ethics? Nope.

    • Nitram

      No one can expect morals and/or ethics out of the media. The two are mutually exclusive. It's all about the ratings and only the ratings. Nothing ese matters.

    • Go Blue

      It is a sad situation no doubt, and sorry for their loss, but sorry to say if the public is not aware of what has happened how can they help? Maybe a neighbor saw something? The faster the public is aware the better chance they can catch the bums! Just something to think about

  • Nitram

    Apparently there was at least one person didn't like him much even though "Jason was a real kind, loving person,” and “Well-known by everyone. Didn’t meet any strangers. Everybody liked him.”
    One must ask oneself why is that?

  • theresa

    I am very sorry for your lose to your family this time of year. Ur brother will be missed by so many my prayers go out to you and your family. I hope your getting help to get through this lose that should never had happen.please look for God’s help he will help you through this. God bless you and your family always and forever

  • Anonymous

    I hope the 3 survivors give the names of the person who did this, so that the family can get justice. What kind of world do we live in where you can’t even be safe in your own home, on top of that your parents are upstairs? Smh, so sad. Lets hope the survivors aren’t into the stupid “stop snitching” movement. That’s why there’s so much crap going on in GR, people are too stupid to out the criminals.