KALAMAZOO, Mich. (WOOD) — After the homicide of 13-year-old Michael Day, police in Kalamazoo are beefing up patrols in the neighborhood where he was shot and killed.
Michael was shot and killed on Memorial Day near the intersection of Race Street and Reed Avenue in the Edison neighborhood.
“Our big thing right now is we’re tying to be proactive in the area. Show a heavy police presence to make sure nothing like that erupts again,” said Public Safety Officer Michael Marshall.
Police in the area are looking for big crowds, which often form in the Edison neighborhood.
The want to break them up before anything bad can happen.
“If you have a large crowd and they are fighting. A lot of time you come in with lights and siren and they all just scatter, because they know what is going to happen,” said Marshall. “We’re going to come in tell them what to do, they aren’t going to do it so they get arrested.”
When not responding to calls, police drive and walk the streets of the neighborhood. Often stopping to talk to the people who are out to make sure people know they are in the area.
“When a homicide comes out you want these people to cooperate. You want them to help you as best they can. You want them to be just as invested in their community as you are. And the way you do that is to be there for them when things are bad, and be there when things aren’t bad,” Marshall said.
They hope the added patrols and presence in the area is enough to deter more crime from happening in the neighborhood.
“Just cause we have a lot of violence in this area does not mean we don’t have good people who want us here because we do,” says Marshall. “There are a lot of people in this community that care about this community. That take pride in their homes, that take pride in their yards and they want to see us keep it that way.”
Police have arrested 15 year old Victor Garay in the fatal shooting of Michael Day.