You know who killed me
Silent Observer is Kent County’s alternative to silence. If you have information about these homicides and wish to be anonymous, contact Silent Observer at 774-2345 or click on the link below. We don’t want your name – just your crime-solving information. More lives will be lost unless our community members realize that the code of silence is a weapon used to spread fear, chaos and mistrust. By not telling Silent Observer or police information about serious crime, who wins? Not you or me – not our friends and family. The only beneficiaries of silence are the ones who make life dangerous for the rest of us. This code of silence devastates lives and ruins neighborhoods. Your voice is important and your voice could save a life – possibly the life of someone you love.
DIED April 20, 2019
Lou Cleveland Luckett III
On April 20, 2019, Grand Rapids Police responded to a report of a shooting at a large party on the 1200 block of Boston SE. When police arrived, they found Lou Luckett, 28, had been hit by gunfire and died at the scene. Another person had been shot as well but her injuries were not life-threatening. Grand Rapids Police said there were many witnesses present but have not received cooperation from them. If you have any information about the tragic homicide of Lou Luckett, you can remain completely anonymous by contacting Silent Observer at 616-774-2345 or by clicking on Submit A Tip on this web site.
DIED September 23, 2019
Terry Junior Wilks
Grand Rapids Police were dispatched to the area of Diamond and Sigsbee SE on September 21, 2019 at 3:20 a.m. because of a shots fired report. Upon arrival, officers found Terry Wilks, 64, with multiple gunshot wounds. He was transported to the hospital but later died from his injuries. Police are asking those with information about Terry’s death to contact Silent Observer anonymously at 616-774-2345 or by clicking on the Submit A Tip button on this web site.
DIED January 5, 2020
Tony Lamar Stewart
Tony Stewart, 29, was shot near Miss Tracy’s Liquor Store on Franklin SE on January 3, 2020 around 9 p.m. and died from his injuries on January 5, 2020 with his family at his side. Police and his family are looking for answers and are asking the community for help in finding Tony’s killer(s). Of particular interest is hearing from anyone in the area of the 1000 block of Franklin St SE around 9 PM Friday, January 3 2020. If you have information about Tony’s death and want to be anonymous, you are urged to contact Silent Observer at 616-774-2345 or by clicking on the Submit A Tip button on this web site.
DIED December 5, 2019
On 12/5/2019 at approximately 8:10 pm Grand Rapids Police Department responded to a shooting in the 500 block of Lincoln NW. Upon arrival officers located two victims suffering from gunshot wounds. Manuel Salgado, 22, received life threatening wounds and died at the scene. A female received less serious wounds and was transported to the hospital for treatment. The victims were confronted by two suspects prior to the shooting. The suspects are described as:
Suspect #1: B/M, 20-30 years of age, 6’0″- 6’4″, dark complexion, braided hair, mustache.
Suspect #2: B/M, 6’0″, 40-50 years of age, dark complexion.
Anyone with information about the murder of Manuel Salgaldo is urged to contact Silent Observer at 616-774-2345 or use the Submit A Tip button on this web site.
DIED November 3, 2019
Terell Marquise Mapp
Terell Mapp, 31, was murdered on 11/3/19 in the 1800 block of 28th Street SE. Officers were called to that location at 2:56 a.m. because of 4 subjects fighting in the parking lot of a commercial building. The fight allegedly stemmed from an “after-hours” party that was occurring at a business. While officers were addressing the fight, shots rang out from inside the building. The crowd began spilling outside, bringing with them Terell Mapp who had been shot. Officers pulled him to safety and began life saving efforts but he succumbed to his injuries.
DIED September 21, 2019
In the early morning hours of September 21, 2019, Grand Rapids Police were called to the 1000 Ionia on a report of a shooting. While trying to locate a victim, officers were notified that Markese Boyd, 29, had just arrived at the hospital with a gunshot wound to his neck. He died later at the hospital. Markese’s family said that the shooting may have stemmed from an argument earlier in the night. Anyone with information about this case is urged to contact Silent Observer anonymously at 616-774-2345 or by using the Submit A Tip button on this web site.
DIED July 8, 2019
Grand Rapids police believe Jeffrey Mathews, 60, was the unintended victim of a shooting that took place around 2:30 am, September 8, 2019, on the 1000 block of Clancy Ave. NE. Police believe there was a large crowd in the area prior to the shooting and sadly, there may be witnesses that have not come forward. Jeffrey’s family and police are asking those that know who was responsible for his death to come forward. Anyone with information about this crime is encouraged to call Silent Observer at 616-774-2345 or submit a tip online via this web site.
DIED Feb 20, 1986
If you have any information about this crime call The Kent Metro Cold Case Team at 616 632-6373 or Silent Observer at 616-774-2345. You can also use the Report A Crime section on this web site.
DIED Septemeber 4, 1986
Bonnie Oom was last seen at Riverside park at 5:30am on September 4, 1986. She was an avid walker and was taking her morning walk at the time she disappeared. Her body was found 3 days later near Pickeral Lake Park in the Rockford area. She had been brutally beaten to death. If you have any information about this crime call The Kent Metro Cold Case Team at 616 632-6373 or Silent Observer at 616-774-2345. You can also use the Report A Crime section on this web site.
DIED August 29, 2012
Grand Rapids Police responded to 3853 Camelot SE at 11 p.m. after receiving a call about the sound of gunshots in the area. When officers arrived they found Brian Martinez, 30, lying on the ground unconscious. Medical units could not revive him and he died at the scene. A bystander told officers that a male in dark clothing was seen between two buildings and pulled out a handgun as he walked directly to Brian and shot him.
DIED July 15, 2006
At 11:23 p.m. on July 15, 2006, the Grand Rapids Police Department were called because shots were fired near Straight and Butterworth SW. Once there, police found that Alan Wayne Foster, 41, had a gunshot wound to his chest. Alan died a short time later after arriving at the hospital. The suspects are described as two black males, 5’10” – 6’1”, in their early 20’s. They were last seen fleeing north from the scene.
DIED July 19, 2011
Mary Morrison was found dead inside her apartment at the Sentinel Pointe Retirement Community in July 2011. She had been strangled with an electrical cord. Mary, who was 89 years old, lived at the retirement community for 12 years prior to her death. Silent Observer and the Kent Metro Cold Case Team have teamed up in the hopes of generating new leads in this case. Anyone with information is urged to call either Silent Observer at 616-774-2345 or the Kent Metro Cold Case Team at 616-632-6123.
DIED July 23, 1993
On July 23, 1993 at 3:30pm, Kathleen Vanslyke, a 45 year old mother & wife, was shot at close range while she waited in her car in a parking lot near Burton and Eastern SE. After the shooting, Vanslyke’s car rolled backwards and collided with an adjacent building. The location was a busy area surrounded by businesses, including the former Old Kent Bank & Silver Derby. Anyone with information is urged to call either Silent Observer at 616-774-2345 or the Kent Metro Cold Case Team at 632-6123.
DIED August 5, 2006
On August 5, 2006, Renee Pagel was stabbed to death in her own home at 9050 13 Mile Road, Rockford, MI while recovering from donating a kidney to the father of one of her students. The Kent County Sheriff’s Office continues to investigate and follow up on all leads. Anyone with new information on this case is urged to contact Silent Observer. You will be anonymous.
Renee was a Teacher, Friend, Nurse, Mother, Donor
DIED November 13, 2017
Gerald Lamar Love
Gerald Love was shot multiple times while he was working as a tow truck driver on the 400 block of Crawford SE. Gerald was in that area to help someone who had locked their keys in their car. Gerald was rushed to the hospital but he passed away. Anyone with information about this crime is urged to contact Silent Observer.
DIED April 3, 2010
Erica Sevigny was driving home from work around midnight on 14 Mile Road when she swerved to avoid a deer and struck a tree. Erica climbed out of her damaged car and called 911 for help. During that phone call she was run over by a hit and run driver and killed.
DIED March 18, 2017
Laurie Kay Lundenberg
Laurie had completed her work shift at Rite-Aid and went to a friend’s house. She was walking home when she was shot multiple times on Lincoln north of Bridge St. NW. Contact Silent Observer with information that can solve this crime.
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