GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — The Grand Rapids Police Department is investigating a homicide after a man was fatally shot early Sunday.
Family members identified the victim as 21-year-old Jordan Brown.
“It just took everything from me. He was a momma’s boy. I’m just broken. I’m broken. I’m just broken. It just feels like everything got taken away from me,” his tearful mother Yvette Brown said during a Sunday night vigil held in her son’s honor. “On Mother’s Day. On Mother’s Day.”
“I seen it tearing her up, man,” Jordan Brown’s father Rodrick said of Yvette Brown. “It damaged her.”
The crowd of more than 100 people held candles and released red balloons to honor Jordan Brown, who was remembered as a man who loved his family.
“He was a funny, irritating, kind guy. He had nothing but love. It didn’t matter who you were,” Smith added.
GRPD believes the shooting happened around 2:40 a.m. on Highland Street east of Madison Avenue. Brown was dropped off at Mercy Health St. Mary’s Hospital shortly after police arrived on scene. He died at the hospital.
“It was continuously like, bam bam bam bam bam,” neighbor Herberto Basulto told 24 Hour News 8 Sunday.
He said he woke up to gunshots and saw the gunman speed away and then came back, possibly to try to get rid of evidence.
“They (gunshots) were loud. I could hear it like next to my house. That was the one thing that woke me up. So I run downstairs and I hear the car take off and then he come back and by the time I got to my door I saw a car over there and then he took off again,” Basulto recalled.
A medical examiner confirmed Monday that Brown died from a gunshot wound, and his death was a homicide.
“I mean, nobody wants to lose a son on Mother’s Day,” Basulto said.
Police said Monday they didn’t have anyone in custody in connection to the deadly shooting, but the investigation remains active. Anyone with information about what happened is asked to call GRPD at 616.456.3400 or Silent Observer at 616.774.2345.