KALAMAZOO, Mich. (WOOD) - Three deadly shootings in six weeks throughout Kalamazoo has one victim's cousin wishing the city hadn't changed so much.
Growing up, people would fight, said Yolanda Kemp, the cousin of Milo Conklin. But they wouldn't kill.
Conklin, 35, was shot to death Sunday night and officers have not located their suspect, according to police. The Kalamazoo man was found suffering from gunshot wounds in the 600 block of Mabel Street just after 9 p.m. He died shortly after arriving at Bronson Hospital, investigators said.
"The things that are going on in Kalamazoo now, I really don't understand," Kemp told 24 Hour News 8 on Monday. "I mean, I was raised here."
Conklin died the day after hundreds of people marched to end violence.
His stepson isn't sure the right people heard the nonviolence message.
"People don't listen," said Troy Mills, 15. "They do whatever they want to do. It's still not right, because he didn't deserve that. He was a good father and he knew how to treat us."
Police found another person hit by gunfire, but that 51-year-old Kalamazoo man refused treatment. His injuries were considered minor.
Investigators are looking for a black man in his mid-20s with a medium to light complexion, police said. He reportedly was wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, blue jeans and white tennis shoes. Police said he had a handgun and ran from the shooting scene.
Anyone with information is asked to call Kalamazoo police at 269.337.8994 or Silent Observer at 269.343.2100.
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