MUSKEGON HEIGHTS, Mich. (WOOD) — A 14-year-old boy was found lying shot to death along a Muskegon Heights street early Wednesday.
Dmetrius Washington, 14, was found dead near the intersection of Hoyt Street and E. Hovey Avenue around 2 a.m. An officer at the scene said it appeared he had been shot in the head.
It’s not clear when the shooting happened or what led up to it.
Dmetrius’s mother Marquita Render and stepfather Robert Fletcher had heard about the shooting, and Fletcher had driven past the scene.
“I didn’t think it was our boy, though,” he said.
Then Render learned through Facebook what the victim had been wearing.
“I automatically knew it was my baby,” Render said. “When I went up there to that police station and seen that picture, I just fell out all over the ground. There was my baby laying there dead, bleeding from the head.”
She said her son had sneaked out of the house against her orders to visit someone. He was apparently headed back home when the shooting happened.
“I don’t understand who want to hurt him,” Render said. “He’s only 14 years old. He did not deserve to die like that. 14 years old. It don’t make no sense.”
“He was a good-hearted person. He minded his own business,” she said.
Muskegon County Chief Assistant Prosecutor Tim Maat told 24 Hour News 8 that Dmetrius did not have a criminal record and called the shooting “tragic.”
As of Wednesday afternoon, there were no suspects in custody, police said.
“I want whoever did this to my son to get caught. He didn’t deserve to die the way he died, and left out there int he street for that long,” Render said.
Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call Silent Observer at 231.72.CRIME.
“We need closure. We definitely need closure,” Fletcher said.
Wednesday’s marks the third shooting death in Muskegon Heights in three weeks.