GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) - The parents of an University of Michigan med student who was murdered near his school spoke to 24 Hour News 8 on camera for the first time.
Schoolcraft native Paul DeWolf had a promising future in front of him, but he was found dead this summer and his killer remains on the loose. Ann Arbor police have brought people in for questioning, but they've been cleared.
The family says they won't get closure until the killer is found. They hope someone who knows something will come forward.
"He just wanted to help people and that's why it comes as a complete surprise and shock to us that this would happen to him," said Paul's dad Thom DeWolf.
25-year-old Paul DeWolf was studying to be a doctor. In addition to being a student, he was a lieutenant in the Air Force and was getting ready to do medical work with them.
The family said Paul was at his home near campus studying for a surgery he was going to do the next day. His sister, Rebekah, says he was texting her questions.
"That was my last conversation," she said. "He told me 'perfect, thanks'."
According to the family, he then went to bed, but never showed up to the surgery. A co-worker was sent to his home and found him dead in a pool of blood. Police later determined he died from a single gun shot to the neck. Nothing else in the home was out of place.
"We don't understand why," said Paul's mom, Kris DeWolf. "This was a child, a young man who really had no enemies."
Paul's parents says the unanswered questions of who and why make them fearful.
"There is a person that's out there in that community and in the Ann Arbor area that's still going on about their daily life and there is no settlement for the rest of the community," said Thom.
24 Hour News 8 asked if they had a message for the killer.
"I believe the message would be that I would hope that their conscience would be bothering them; to see what type of person they took the life of and that they would turn themselves in," said Paul's dad. "At some point in their life, they will have to face a judge. Whether it's an earthly judge or an eternal judge and an earthly judge will be much easier than an ethereal judge will be on him."
The family did not want to get into details of the case because it is active. When asked if they had any idea who the killer could be, Paul's parents said no. They didn't want to speculate whether the attack was random.
Ann Arbor police put out a $10,000 reward for information. Anyone with information in this case is encouraged to call the Ann Arbor police anonymous tip line at 734-794-6939 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-SPEAK UP (773-2587)
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