Shooting victim’s son: ‘Don’t see why they would kill her’

Laurie Lundeberg shot and killed outside her Grand Rapids house early Saturday

Laurie Lundeberg
An undated photo of Laurie Lundeberg courtesy Facebook.


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — As police search for whoever shot a 50-year-old woman outside her home on Grand Rapids’ West Side, her son doesn’t understand why she may have been targeted.

Larson Lundeberg, 18, told 24 Hour News 8 on Sunday he doesn’t know who killed his mother, Laurie Lundeberg, but he’s upset someone would go to that length when she had been there for many.

Around 1 a.m. Saturday, he took an Uber home after hanging out with his girlfriend and was met with police lights flashing on his street.

“I saw the street taped off and I went around back, knocked on the door, cops came back like, ‘Who are you?'” Lundeberg said.

When he asked what was going on, police told him his mother had been shot and killed outside their home on Lincoln Avenue NW near Bridge Street.

“My mom was a nice person. She was just never nice to the right people,” Lundeberg said.

Lundeberg doesn’t understand how anyone could get so angry with his mom they would kill her.

“People didn’t like my mom. My mom was annoying, but people knew that if they needed help my mom would help them out. So I don’t see why they would kill her,” Lundeberg said.

His dad, his mother’s husband, died of a heart attack when he was 2 years old. He said his mom never recovered from that and became an alcoholic.

They lived in the house on Lincoln with several roommates, and Lundeberg said there were some problems and some violence as a result — but he doesn’t believe anyone they lived with would have killed her.

“Sometimes people have problems and they just can’t live together, so that’s just sometimes how people are,” Lundberg said. “I honestly think it was my mom being my mom to the point where somebody didn’t know my mom enough to give her a break.”

Jesus Castillo met Laurie Lundeberg just this year after moving to Michigan.

“Laurie was funny. Very friendly. And I could tell right away she had a heart of gold,” Castillo said.

“I was in disbelief. I called her phone hoping she would pick up. But obviously it was the truth,” he said of hearing about her death.

He said he told her to be careful about who she was friends with and worried about her safety.

“I would tell her to be careful when she would confront these punks,” Castillo said. “I just told her to be careful because they were obviously young thugs. I showed up one day and they were all in her face. She was trying to throw them out of the house.”

24 Hour News 8 reached out to Grand Rapids police on Sunday seeking information about the case, but did not year back about whether any arrests had been made.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Grand Rapids Police Department at 616.456.3400 or Silent Observer at 616.774.2345.