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Victim's father speaks out after 9 recent murders in Grand Rapids

10:44 PM, Jan 15, 2013   |    comments
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GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) - Grand Rapids Police are dealing with a recent spike in violence across the city, including nine murders since December. 

A 23-year old man was killed near the intersection of Sweet and Diamond on Monday.  On Tuesday, the Grand Rapids Police Department held a news conference to announce an arrest in that shooting.  Police say the suspect was friends with the shooting victim, but apparently something went wrong.

Willie Wells wants the person found who killed his daughter, Roybin Johnson-Griggs, last month.

"I want justice. I want it so bad I can almost taste it," says Wells.

Then, Tuesday afternoon, another young man was shot and critically injured at Bates and Eastern. Many times, police say they've gotten little help.

"What's frustrating is when we have witnesses that will not come forward... actual victims won't provide us with information," says Captain Eric Payne, with Grand Rapids Police.

Monday night, a deadly shooting of a 23-year old man at Sweet and Diamond Avenue has neighbors on edge.

"I worry it could be my son, a neighbor, I worry a lot," says Pat Lagrone, a neighbor.

"I'm a gun owner, but I think we should do something to limit what is available on the streets," says August Treu, owner of August's Kitchen.

Wells is asking anyone with information to come forward.

"Not only for mine, but for people that haven't cried yet," says Wells.

Radio Host, Robert S, is offering $1,000 of his own money as a reward for a tip leading to the killer of Roybin Johnson-Griggs.

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