Man shot multiple times, killed in Muskegon Heights

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MUSKEGON HEIGHTS, Mich. (WOOD) — Police are investigating a homicide after a man was fatally shot in Muskegon Heights.

The Muskegon Heights Police Department and family members identified the man who was killed as 26-year-old Courtney Jaharri Willis.

Police Chief Joseph Thomas Jr. said Willis sustained multiple gunshot wounds to the chest and lower abdomen.

The police chief said Willis’ cousin found him at a house in the 3200 block of 8th Street, off of Amsterdam Avenue, on Wednesday night. The shooting is believed to have happened hours before it was reported around 9 p.m.

No one was in custody Wednesday night.

The circumstances surrounding the shooting are still unknown. The chief said there was not any indication of a struggle with a suspect. He also said that in cases of multiple gunshot wounds, the shooter and victim often know one another.

Willis’ uncle, Prince Willis, told 24 Hour News 8 his nephew was living in Louisville, Kentucky, but was staying at the house in Muskegon Heights as he dealt with a local court case.

He was apparently supposed to return to Louisville on Wednesday and was going to see his uncle before he left. Prince Willis said he became concerned when his nephew never arrived to visit him and then noticed his nephew had not been active on Facebook for several hours. He then got that call that his nephew had been killed.

Prince Willis said he didn’t know of his nephew, who grew up in Muskegon Heights, having any enemies.

“He was always a happy person,” he said. “Always on the go.”

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