2 deaths bring Grand Rapids’ homicide count to 25

Grand Rapids

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Two people were shot and killed in southeast Grand Rapids Friday evening, police say.

It happened around 8:20 p.m. on Highland Street SE near Prospect Avenue.

The Grand Rapids Police Department said officers went there after getting multiple 911 calls about shots fired. Once there, they found a victim in a home. He was rushed to the hospital, where he died.

The second victim showed up at a hospital in a private car. He was also pronounced dead.

GRPD said Monday that the men were Mosi Dehaan Birge, 25, and Marty Ferris Beal, 55.

It has been an unusually violent year in Grand Rapids, with 25 homicides so far and more than three months still left in 2020. The last time there were so many deaths was in the early 1990s, when street gangs were embroiled in a crack war.

Earlier this month, GRPD said it had solved 17 of the year’s homicides. There have been three more since then, including the two Friday night.

Anyone with information about the Friday shooting or any other crime is asked to call GRPD at 616.456.3380 or Silent Observer at 616.774.2345.

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