Mom pleads for answers in Muskegon man’s death

Undated courtesy photo of Lavonte Moses.

MUSKEGON, Mich. (WOOD) — The grieving mother of a man found dead pleaded for answers Tuesday outside the Muskegon home where his body was discovered.

Molly Moses knew the media was there; she lives across the street from the scene.

“Every morning I get to look out [at the house] that my son was pulled out of,” she said. “The only thing I want is closure… I want to know if somebody shot my baby and left him in here for dead.”

Lavonte Moses, 22, was found dead inside a home in the 400 block of Catherine Street just before 2 p.m. Monday, his mother confirmed to 24 Hour News 8.

“People [are] really not telling me what’s happening,” Molly Moses said. “I just know what’s going on by Facebook.”

Police released few details about the case Tuesday, only confirming that officers were conducting a suspicious death investigation.

Muskegon Police Capt. Shawn Bride said officers were awaiting autopsy results to determine how the man died.

Molly Moses believes he was killed.

“I just need to know. You don’t even need to go to jail, I don’t care.  Your judgement day will come.  Jail is not the answer. I just want to know why you all did this to my baby,”  she told 24 Hour News 8 Tuesday afternoon.

Lavonte was reported missing on Saturday, Feb. 13. Police believe he may have been dead inside the home before a missing person report was even filed with them.

The home where the body was found was being renovated. The last tenants moved out about three weeks earlier, an owner told 24 Hour News 8.

Two men working on the home said they discovered the body after noticing blood outside and a broken window at the home.

“We came here yesterday morning, came here in the front door, opened the front door, noticed the window was busted in – saw all kinds of blood,” Bob Jackson said Tuesday after returning to the vacant home to continue renovations.

The body of a 22-year-old man was found inside a vacant home on Catherine Street in Muskegon. (Feb. 16, 2016)
The body of a 22-year-old man was found inside a vacant home on Catherine Street in Muskegon. (Feb. 16, 2016)

Jackson said it was obvious the victim suffered traumatic injuries, though he couldn’t determine what happened to him.

“We saw a blood trail that led to this front window, then up the stairwell.  Then when I got to the top of the steps, I saw the guy laying there,” Jackson told 24 Hour News 8 Tuesday.

“It’s the first time I’ve ever come across anything like this,” Jackson added.

Lavonte’s mother said she needs to know what happened in order to come to grips with her loss.

“Whoever did it – stand up, be a man or be a woman and say ‘hey, I killed your son,'” Molly Moses said. “I just want to know the answers.”

Lavonte Moses was the eighth of nine children, his mother said.

She said she was close with her son, who she affectionately referred to as “Tae.”

“No matter what kind of song I player (sic)… He would dance with me,” Molly Moses said. “His hugs, and me fussing and fighting with him, that’s what I’m going to miss most about Tae.”

Molly Moses said she cannot imagine who would want to hurt him.

“He can’t pop up no more and tell me ‘momma, I love you’ and give me a hug. I won’t have that anymore. That part of my life is closed,” she continued tearfully.\

Molly Moses said her son had gotten into some trouble in the past, including drinking and drugs, but nothing that would’ve made her fear for his life.

Lavonte Moses leaves behind a 9-month-old and 1-year-old child, his mother said.

The investigation into his death continues. Anyone with information is asked to call Muskegon Police at 231.724.6750 or Silent Observer at 231.722.7463.

“Right now I just need everybody’s support in trying to find out what happened to my son,” Molly Moses said. “He can’t tell me nothing. He’s gone.”

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