Grand Rapids homicide victim was mom to 4

Grand Rapids

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — The woman who died after police say her boyfriend shot her leaves behind a grieving family that includes four children.

Mikeya Day, 35, died after she was shot on Hancock Street near Eastern Avenue SE in Grand Rapids Sunday evening. Police say they suspect her boyfriend shot her.

Neighbors called 911 after they say Day, who was covered in blood, knocked on their door seeking help. She left in a car and a short time later, she and her boyfriend showed up at a local hospital, where Day later died. The Kent County medical examiner ruled her death a homicide Monday.

“She had a lot of friends and she was very outgoing,” the victim’s aunt, Nicole Day, told 24 Hour News 8 Monday evening. “He didn’t have to do her the way that he did her.”

Day said she had not met the victim’s boyfriend and had heard no reports of violence between the two. She was stunned to hear the news when she got a phone call from her brother Sunday night. One of her first thoughts was about the kids the victim leaves behind.

“It’s going to be devastating for them,” Day said, “’cause you only get one mom.”

Tearful at times during her interview, Day said she has questions for the man police say is responsible.

“If I could see him, I would just ask him why would he shoot my niece and kill my niece,” Day said. “You gunned my niece down, so I know you couldn’t have loved her. You couldn’t have cared about her.”

The suspect, who is being held on open murder charges and other related felonies, could be in court for a first appearance Tuesday morning. His name has not been released.

Anyone with information about what happened is asked to call GRPD Detective Amanda Johnson at 616.456.4112, Detective Josh Cornell at 616.456.4459 or Silent Observer at 616.774.2345.

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