GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) - Family and friends gathered Sunday afternoon to honor a mother who has been missing for more than a month and is now presumed dead.
Despite sad circumstances, the fundraising event at a Grand Rapids residence had a tone of celebration -- because, family says, that's what Latrice Maze would have wanted.
Maze, 26, was last seen March 19 near Burton Street and Division Avenue. Grand Rapids police said last week they are investigating and are working under the assumption that Maze is no longer alive.
The young mother leaves behind five young children and a large family. Family members say they expected the case would become a homicide investigation.
Two people are jailed in connection with the case: Gregory Shanklin and Maze's boyfriend Jahleel Hoskins.
Family members say they know Hoskins, but never suspected him to be involved in Maze's disappearance.
"I would never think he was violent," Maze's sister Lonya Malone said.
Investigators have released little information about the case or what prompted them to think Maze is dead. But her family members seem to have accepted that and are still looking for closure they say they deserve.
"I want to know whoever did this, and I want to know why. Why?" Malone asked.
Police are still looking for tips in the case. So far, neither of the men jailed in connection to the case has faced charges related to Maze's disappearance.
A memorial find has been set up in Maze's name. Donations can be made at any Independent Bank branch.
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