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Victim killed in robbery identified

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. -- A man has died after a Monday evening shooting in Grand Rapids.

That incident happened around 9:06 p.m. in the 1600 block of College Avenue SE near Dickinson.

Investigators say two men were doing renovations on a home when they were approached by three suspects in what appears to be an armed robbery. Police say the suspects shot one of the men, a 39-year-old, multiple times, leaving him in critical condition.  That victim would later die at the hospital.  He has been identified as Kenneth Ray-Daniel Kirkwood.

“Unfortunately this is a very tragic and unnecessary event.," said GRPD Sgt. Terry Dixon. "Our prayers go out to the family - very tragic situation.”

"They were sitting on the porch, they were taking a break apparently, these kids, individuals rolled up on bikes, again short conversation, again how that exactly transpired unknown, and then they went into pistol whipping one of the victims and then shooting the other," said Sergeant Jon Wittkowski with the Grand Rapids Police Department.

The victim who was pistol-whipped was treated and released at the scene.

The three suspects took off from the scene with an undisclosed amount of money and remain on the loose.  Police say at this point in the investigation that the victims did not know their attackers.

In the wake of his murder, Kirkwood's family is trying to make sense of the violence.

“We think about his happiness - how he was," said one family member. "An uncle, a brother, a cousin, a nephew a father. He’s all of that to us.”

Family is hosting a candlelight vigil Tuesday at 9 p.m. at 1645 College Avenue, the same location Kirkwood was killed.

“He was a good-hearted person, loved to have a good time," said Kirkwood's niece Crystal Smith. “I just keep in my mind that God makes no mistakes. It was his time to go, and that’s what I keep in my mind as I try to move through.”

Anyone with information is asked to call police or Silent Observer at 616-774-2345.



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    Isn’t PC great! You can ask for the public’s help, but you can’t tell the public any useful information.
    Best of all, the surge in violence that was created by PC is being used to subvert the civil rights of lawful citizens.

    • Lymar Weber

      Grand Rapids is the new/old Detroit. Tax dollars down the drain for degenerates for Neal’s special academies, lowering of grade standards for GRCC scholarships for minorities, no respect for life. When you don’t have to work for it, you don’t respect it. We are going downhill because of ludicrous demands from certain segments of society, and if you tell the truth, you are called a racist…..to shut you up. Enough is enough. Stop the freebies………demand accountability.

  • Bob

    Another case of a great job raising children by welfare mothers. Not enough respect for themselves to go out and get a job, not enough respect for their children to bestow any real values into their lives.

    Losers raising losers. Are tax dollars at work.

  • Tim

    Baby factories mass producing children at an alarming rate are turning into wild animals and then released onto the streets where they are killing innocent people and officers are supposed to be gentle when arresting one of these wild animals. How do you gently arrest a wild animal? The only extra training officers need is DNR training for capturing wild animals.

  • tracyd112

    I am tired of People dying all around the United States.What really pisses me off is where is all the outcry and rage over this working Young Black man being gunned down while trying to EARN MONEY THE RIGHT WAY? Where is the Outcry from all the Black Lives Matter? Or is it because he was gunned down by someone while working his Life is not as important as some Criminal who is shot down by the Police after trying to resist? I am not defending the Police in any way for their actions but I am Pissed that this Young Father,Brother,Son,Uncle so on and so on is gunned down and it seems it is accepted By the whole City and State of Michigan.Not just to Long ago the Black Lives matter were rallying at Rosia Park because of a African American in another State was shot bu Police and we still dont have all the Information to what happened there.But yet They came together to rally against it but Now This Young Man Loses his Life while working by 3 teen suspects and not 1 person gathered at Rosa Park in his defense.WHEN ARE PEOPLE GOING TO GET MAD AND UNDERSTAND ALL LIVES MATTER.

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