KALAMAZOO TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — Authorities are investigating the suspicious deaths of two people in Kalamazoo Township as homicides.
The Kalamazoo Township Police Department on Thursday identified the victims as Katoya McPherson, 33, and Floyd Brasher, 36.
Investigators believe they died after 9 p.m. Monday inside their apartment at the Oak Tree apartments located off Nazareth Road between Gull Road and Main Street.
Neighbors told News 8 they heard gunshots Monday evening.
Police were called Tuesday after neighbors noticed a sliding glass door had been shattered.
“At this time, even though it’s early, we do not believe that this is random,” Kalamazoo Township Police Department Lt. Scott Jackson said Thursday, explaining investigators believe it to be isolated and do not think there is a threat to the community.
Police said they don’t yet know the motive for the killings but are working to find the killer. They didn’t provide additional information about the deaths or release any suspect information.
“Nobody deserves to have their lives snatched away,” Brasher’s aunt, whose name News 8 is not using to protect her safety, said.
Brasher was remembered as a “gentle giant;” a former athlete, son, brother, father and new grandfather.
“Even though he faltered along the way, he was still well valued by his family and the people that knew him best,” his loved one said.
She said she is not yet ready to forgive the person who killed Brasher and McPherson, but prays for the killer and closure for her family.
“God will see that justice is done because God knows who that person is,” she said.
Anyone with information is asked to call Kalamazoo Township police at 269.381.0391 or Silent Observer at 269.343.2100.
—News 8’s Donovan Long contributed to this report.