Sister of man killed near Holland wants the whole story

Joseph Jordan was fatally shot at a Holland Township apartment complex

Joseph Jordan
An undated photo of Joseph Jordan courtesy his Facebook page.


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — The younger sister of a man shot and killed Wednesday at a Holland-area apartment says she has doubts that things happened the way investigators say they did and she wants to see the whole truth come out.

Joseph Jordan, 41, was killed around 4:45 p.m. Wednesday at Traditions Apartments in Holland Township. Authorities say he was shot multiple times and they have arrested 24-year-old Darveaille Blakeney on murder and gun charges.

Traditions Holland Apartments, police response
A large police presence at Traditions Holland Apartments in Holland Township. (Oct. 19, 2016)

Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office Capt. Mark Bennett says investigators believe an argument broke out between Jordan and his girlfriend — Blakeney’s mother — Wednesday afternoon.

“Our 24-year-old suspect, interjected or tried to intervene in the argument, it seems like, produced a firearm and ultimately shot the victim,” Bennett said on Wednesday.

But the victim’s younger sister, Kay Jordan who lives in Louisiana, has her doubts.

“Is that what really happened? It happened over a breakup? I don’t think that’s just what happened,” she said. “There had to be something major they was arguing about for the guy to just randomly shoot him for no apparently reason. No one is going to shoot you over a breakup.”

Jordan grew up around Baton Rouge, Louisiana, with six siblings. Kay Jordan said he had troubles when he was a young man and was in prison for an assault for 18 years until he was released in 2013. After his time in prison, she said, he became a religious man and wanted to live right.

She said he moved to West Michigan in January of this year after his mother died — a death that left him devastated, she said. She said he planned to move back to Louisiana soon.

“Joseph was a fun-loving person, very kind-hearted. He could get along with anybody,” Kay Jordan said of her brother. “Joseph was very kind, Joseph was always calling me, always checking on his nieces and nephews. Joseph was a loving person.”

Darveaille Blakeney
Darveaille Jamar Blakeney’s mug shot. (Oct. 20, 2016)

Joseph Jordan’s Facebook page is filled with religious and inspirational messages. It also includes a video posted Saturday in which Jordan recorded the man now accused of killing him.

He leaves behind 21-year-old twin sons.

“They took a really good guy away from his family and his kids. His kids just lost their mother two years ago and now those kids will be growing up without their mother or their daddy,” Kay Jordan said.

It appears the young suspect, Blakeney, is originally from East Chicago, Indiana, and has no adult criminal record there or in Michigan prior to the murder charge he now faces. He is being held in the Ottawa County Jail without bond and is slated to be in court Nov. 4 for a probable cause hearing.