GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) - As the investigation into the apparent homicide of a mother of five continues in Grand Rapids, members of the community continued a planned effort to distribute flyers with the picture of 26-year-old Latrice Maze.
The effort was bitter sweet for Maze's aunt Victoria Ezell. Bitter from the knowledge Maze is likely dead; sweet in the knowledge that so many care.
"It means a lot to know that the community has a heart and even though Latrice doesn't have a voice right now... that everyone can be that voice for her," said Ezell. She joined a couple of dozen people handing out the flyers along Division and Burton, where Maze was last seen on March 19th.
Ezell and other family members tell 24 Hour News 8 Grand Rapids Police detectives told them Thursday night that the case status has changed from missing person to homicide, even though Maze's body has not been found.
Investigators, who've had a hard time getting witnesses to talk, wouldn't comment on the change. They tell 24 Hour News 8 they're still issuing investigative subpoenas, which compel reluctant witnesses to talk under the threat of perjury and other laws. About 30 of those subpoenas have been used. Another 6-10 are expected to be issued.
"I really thank the Grand Rapids Police Department, the detective unit and the community again. Thank you." said Ezell.
No one, including police or family members are talking about suspects or motives either, although one family member told me they believe they'll know more by Sunday, the day they'll hold a fundraiser for Latrice's children.
"It's really devastating ya know that... cause she has these kids out here." says Ezell . "What can we say and how can we explain to her babies that this is going on."
Friday afternoon, Target 8 uncovered court documents detailing how two men are in the Kent County jail in connection to the Latrice Maze case.
Jahleel Hoskins, who Maze's family tells Target 8 was the boyfriend of 26-year-old Latrice Maze, was arrested by Grand Rapids police on April 23rd. He has not yet been charged with an offense, but a law enforcement source confirms his arrest, and that of a second man, Gregory Shanklin, is connected to the Latrice Maze case.
Court records do not reveal details in Hoskins' alleged involvement in the disappearance of Latrice Maze, only that he is being connected to the case.
As the community effort to put a face with the tragedy made it's way through the area Latrice Maze was last seen, her loved one's have a message for the family of another young mother, Jessica Heeringa, also looking for answers.
"Our heart really goes out to the family of Jessica now. The Maze family wants to reach out to them and tell all of them to stay in prayer and never give up." says Ezell.
That fundraiser is set for Sunday, starting at 4:30 p.m. at 736 Jefferson. A memorial find has been set up in Latrice's name. Donations can be made at any Independent Bank branch.
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