GRPD identifies shooting victims, asks for help

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Grand Rapids police have identified the victims in two fatal shootings on Saturday.

The first shooting happened around 2:15 a.m. Saturday on Ionia Avenue SW. Police identified 29-year-old Markes Boyd as the victim.

The second happened around 3:20 a.m. in the area of Diamond Avenue and Sigsbee Street. The victim, 64-year-old Terry Wilks, was taken to a hospital before police arrived, where he later died.

Their deaths are the 12th and 13th homicides in Grand Rapids this year.

“It’s not acceptable, I think anyone will realize what occurred this weekend shouldn’t be acceptable in any community,” Grand Rapids Police Chief Eric Payne said.

Payne said investigators are looking for cooperation from possible witnesses, which have hurt their ability to find the people responsible.

Police haven’t released any information on what led up to either shooting or if any suspects have been identified.

Payne said Monday it is too early to tell if the victims of Saturday’s shootings were intended targets.

In 2018, Grand Rapids had nine homicides — only the second time the total has been in single digits in the last eight years.

When asked if the uptick was a gun issue, Payne attributed the violence to a variety of factors.

“There’s a lot of factors we can look into, what is the cause of it. Some would say economics, education, mental health,” he said. “There are a number of factors, it’s not just a police issue, it’s a community issue that we must work with partners in different fields to try to address the root cause of what’s going on.”

Throughout a press briefing, Payne repeatedly made pleas to the public to break the “code of silence” and tell police anything they know.

“It’s not acceptable, it’s only harming the community when these incidents occur and we hope that people would step up and help us out with this,” Payne said.

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4 comments

  • lml25

    I don’t expect the mayor to comment on every type of crime–on an individual basis–but I DO expect her to comment on the shootings,murders and overall crime (including phone and gunstore robberies)that has made Grand Rapids a horrific place to live–thanks to her and Mark Washington’s policies(throw in Payne as well).
    Where is she?As an elected politician,she owes it to the citizens to explain her thoughts on what’s happening here-and her plan for making Grand Rapids a safer city (not a sanctuary city). Washington is a co-conspirator in this “relax the rules on black crime” attitude along with continuation of increased diversity –no matter that the city becomes a shooting range. Why ISN’T she talking? She has nothing to say–her(and predecessor, Heartwell’s)policies are a failure,but the failure of a diverse Grand Rapids must not stop it from going forward–no it cant.In fact,to them it’s a total success.As we see all across the country,ruining a city is a liberal specialty. The neighborhoods are as good as the neighbors.There are a lot of bad neighbors in Grand Rapids now.

    SEPTEMBER 23, 2019 AT 11:38 AM

  • Ken

    “Code of Silence”?? Like when a GRPD Lt tells a sergeant to call back on an unrecorded line to discuss a DUI suspect who happens to be an assistant prosecutor? That kind of “Code of Silence”? Hard for people to trust an organization that protects it’s own self interests ahead of the community.

    • lml25

      There are coverups in all kinds of businesses and services–that will never change,but black people–in their neighborhoods–who want a safer one,had better start talking.Look how well it worked when a black guy called the cops on white guy Chance in the ghetto.Just pretend all these thugs are white and start dialing.

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