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1 teen killed, another injured in shooting at Muskegon Heights apartment

Investigators believe the victims in the shooting knew the suspect. Family says the victims were brothers, ages 14 and 17.

MUSKEGON HEIGHTS, Mich. — A teenager is dead and another injured after a shooting at an apartment complex in Muskegon Heights Monday morning. 

Authorities were called to the Wells Villa Apartments, located on Woodcliffe Drive, just before 3 a.m. 

Muskegon Heights Police Chief Joseph Thomas confirmed to 13 ON YOUR SIDE that one teen was shot and killed — the second teen was taken to the hospital with serious injuries. 

Family members say the teens were brothers, ages 17 and 14, and the older teen was killed. Family members identify the 17-year-old as Jakari Robertson. They say he was a father with a 1-year-old child. 

In late June, Robertson was charged with open murder and felony firearm for the shooting death of Aquae Keyes. Keyes was shot multiple times inside a hotel room at the Clarion Inn and Suites on Seaway Drive in Muskegon Heights June 15.

Muskegon County Prosecutor D.J. Hilson tells 13 ON YOUR SIDE that due to Robertson's death the felony charges will be dismissed.

Hilson says the investigation included strong evidence against Robertson.

Robertson was being held in the Muskegon County Jail on a $250,000 bond. In July, with assistance from a bondsman, Robertson posted the bond and was released from the Muskegon County jail. A trial date for the charges in Muskegon County Circuit Court had not yet been set. 

Chief Thomas said that investigators believe the victims at the Wells Villa Apartments shooting knew the suspect. Police are currently working on suspect leads, Thomas continued. 

There is no danger to the public, Thomas said. The shooting in still under active investigation.

Anyone with information should contact the police department at 231-733-8900 or Silent Observer at 231-722-7463.

Credit: 13 OYS


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