MUSKEGON, Mich. — A community is coming together, trying to heal after a deadly shooting killed one person and critically wounded another.
The shooting occurred last Tuesday in the 300 Block of Monroe Avenue in Muskegon. While police continue their investigation, a vigil was held to remember the victims and send a message to stop the violence.
Just before 6 p.m. that evening, police say, two men were arguing, with lead to the shooting. Police haven’t confirmed what exactly led to the violence, but witnesses say it was over something petty. Alex Brown, 27, was killed in the crossfire and Carmesha Rogers, 27, an innocent bystander, was shot in the head and is still in critical condition.
Carmesha’s family says she was trying to get the kids out of the street when she was shot. Witnesses say there were kids all around when shots rang out.
“You just don’t know how much love there is for Alex,” said Laquisha Girard, Brown’s cousin. “A mother should never have to bury her child, and now my aunt has to bury her son for ignorance in Muskegon. It’s getting really ridiculous.”
Six people have been arrested and charged with various offenses, but so far no murder charges have been filed.
Police are still investigating what people in this neighborhood are calling senseless violence that needs to stop. In just the last six months, police have had more than 350 incidents in the Nelson neighborhood.
Taishenna Chambers, who attended the vigil Tuesday, said enough is enough. “I remember it used to be a place to say you could raise your kids,” she said. “It’s not like that no more, and it’s sad it’s terrible. I don’t know what Muskegon is becoming now. I really don’t, it’s not the same free-spirited place that it was.”
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