32 people murdered over 15 day period in Detroit - FOX 29 News Philadelphia | WTXF-TV

32 people murdered over 15 day period in Detroit

Posted: Updated:
Detroit Police  (Credit: myFOXDetroit.com) Detroit Police (Credit: myFOXDetroit.com)
DETROIT (myFOXDetroit.com) -

It has been a violent two weeks in Detroit. There have been 32 murders in just 15 days, and that doesn't include non-fatal shootings.

"These are not just people that are dying. These are husbands and fathers and sons and uncles and brothers and good people," said Angela Nelson.

Her husband, a father of five, was one of them. Balloons float in front of the house where David Nelson was visiting on Sheridan Street in Detroit two weeks ago just down the street from where he grew up. Police say a fight broke out between a couple. A man went to shoot his girlfriend, but Nelson pushed her out of the way and took the bullet himself.

Nelson lived through the war in Iraq and even earned a Purple Heart by saving his crew from a roadside bomb, but he couldn't survive the streets of Detroit.

"Even if the bullets didn't hit my husband, he was not justified at all. I mean, I don't know who people think they are to take the life of somebody else," Angela Nelson said.

David Nelson was one of the 32 people killed in Detroit over the last 15 days. It's the largest spike in homicides in as many days in the city's history.

To date, 277 people have been murdered in Detroit compared 259 at this same time last year.

"It's sad. It makes you scared to go outside. It makes you intimidated by everything," Nelson remarked.

The head of homicide, Lieutenant Dwayne Blackmon, said very few cases are random. Many of the murders are fueled by anger. The new, 12-hour police patrol shifts may help by providing more of a police presence to stop the violence from escalating, but he said nothing will really change until people in Detroit stop solving their problems with gun violence.

We're learned there were around 140 shootings during that same 15 day time period.

Nelson, who struggles every day knowing her children will grow up without a father, does feel grateful about one thing. Unlike so many out there, her husband's murder was solved.

"It does make you feel better that the guy's not out there, but it definitely doesn't make it any better," she said.

We're told out of the 32 homicides, twelve cases have been closed.

  • Taryn AsherTaryn AsherMore>>

  • Community comes together to support slain Armada teen's family

    Community comes together to support slain Armada teen's family

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 11:55 PM EDT2014-07-31 03:55:10 GMT
    Nearly a week after 14-year-old April Millsap was found murdered in the small town of Armada, friends, family and even those who didn't know the young girl gather for music in the park - this time hoping for justice.They were there to help raise money to ease the burden on April's heartbroken mother."We're as well as can be expected," said aunt Sarah Lichtenfelt. "They are just grateful for all the prayers and support, that's all we ask is to keep praying for strength."In the middle of it all...
    Nearly a week after 14-year-old April Millsap was found murdered in the small town of Armada, friends, family and even those who didn't know the young girl gather for music in the park - this time hoping for justice.They were there to help raise money to ease the burden on April's heartbroken mother."We're as well as can be expected," said aunt Sarah Lichtenfelt. "They are just grateful for all the prayers and support, that's all we ask is to keep praying for strength."In the middle of it all...
  • Man accused of calling taxi to move a body

    Man accused of calling taxi to move a body

    Monday, July 28 2014 10:20 PM EDT2014-07-29 02:20:50 GMT
    A mother is struggling with the fact that her 21-year-old daughter lost her battle with drug addiction, and then she learns the despicable lengths two people went to get rid of her child's body.
    A mother is struggling with the fact that her 21-year-old daughter lost her battle with drug addiction, and then she learns the despicable lengths two people went to get rid of her child's body.
  • Renisha McBride's family leaves courtroom as photos are shown

    Renisha McBride's family leaves courtroom as photos are shown

    Thursday, July 24 2014 6:29 PM EDT2014-07-24 22:29:16 GMT
    On day two of the trial for Renisha McBride's shooting death, the final hours of her life and the moments after her death were detailed in court. Thursday the jury heard what Ted Wafer, her accused killer, told police about the shooting that night.  
    On day two of the trial for Renisha McBride's shooting death, the final hours of her life and the moments after her death were detailed in court. Thursday the jury heard what Ted Wafer, her accused killer, told police about the shooting that night.  

  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • Funeral today for Armada teen, April Millsap

    Funeral today for Armada teen, April Millsap

    Friday, August 1 2014 9:49 AM EDT2014-08-01 13:49:48 GMT
    Family and friends of a 14-year-old Michigan girl are to gather for her funeral as investigators continue hunting for her killer.ice...
    Family and friends of a 14-year-old Michigan girl are to gather for her funeral as investigators continue hunting for her killer.ice...
  • When is it appropriate for police to use a taser? Video prompts questions about police action in Clinton Township

    When is it appropriate for police to use a taser? Video prompts questions about police action in Clinton Township

    Friday, August 1 2014 9:38 AM EDT2014-08-01 13:38:12 GMT
    In a video spreading across social media, a Michigan man says police and hospital security roughed up a man.
    In a video spreading across social media, a Michigan man says police and hospital security roughed up a man.
  • Murder hearing for couple whose dogs killed runner

    Murder hearing for couple whose dogs killed runner

    Friday, August 1 2014 7:19 AM EDT2014-08-01 11:19:29 GMT
     A couple whose two dogs fatally mauled a 46-year-old jogger have been charged with second-degree murder.
     A couple whose two dogs fatally mauled a 46-year-old jogger have been charged with second-degree murder.
Powered by WorldNow

WTXF-TV
330 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106-2796

Phone: (215) 925-2929
Fax: (215) 982-5494

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices