Reward grows for man tied to GR homicide victim

Grand Rapids

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Silent Observer is increasing its reward for information leading to a person of interest in the Grand Rapids shooting deaths of two women.

The bodies of 47-year-old Cherletta Baber-Bey and 25-year-old Keyona Griffin were discovered inside a home on Sheldon Avenue SE on March 13. They had suffered gunshot wounds and their deaths were ruled homicides.

More than a month after the shooting, a makeshift memorial remains on the porch of the home where it happened: long-extinguished candles, messages from friends and family, and a photo of Griffin.

Tya Jackson smiles when thinking about Griffin, who was her best friend. She remembers Griffin’s energy. 

“It’s like sparkling glitter on a camera, watching it come down in slow motion,” Jackson told 24 Hour News 8 Monday. “It was never no bad vibes from her.”

“She was just different. And for her to die like that… I still don’t believe that,” she continued. 

Grand Rapids police are still trying to track down 45-year-old Derrell Demon Brown, who had been living at the home and was dating Baber-Bey.

Silent Observer is now offering a $2,000 reward for tips leading to Brown’s arrest. 

Brown is wanted on a felony warrant for receiving and concealing a stolen gun. A judge has ordered that if police pick him up anywhere in the country, he must be extradited back to Grand Rapids. 

Brown, who is 5 feet 8 inches tall and weighs 180 pounds, goes by a number of aliases, including Darryl Robinson, Carter Brown, Derrick Brown, Michael Richardson, Marcus Wright and Jay.

He has a history of domestic violence, including a brutal assault on a girlfriend in 2005. Right now, he’s only being called a person of interest in the double homicide.

“I know (he did it),” Jackson said. “It’s not a belief. I know he did it.” 

Jackson wonders if someone out there knows where he is.

“They might as well go on and give him up. Because ain’t no hiding that. Cause he gonna get his, whether he wanna get it or not. Cause karma’s crazy,” she said. 

Grand Rapids police say Brown should be considered dangerous. Anyone who has information should call GRPD at 616.456.3400 or Silent Observer at 616.774.2345.

***CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story stated the reward had doubled. However, the original amount was $1,500. We regret this error, which has since been corrected.***

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