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Family seeks answers for 2014 death of Detroit man

Holly Fournier
The Detroit News

The family of a 32-year-old father who was shot to death last year is asking witnesses to step forward with information.

D’wayne Weathers, aka “Worm,” was shot around 10:30 p.m. Aug. 23, 2014, outside his home on the 8500 block of Prest, near Joy on the city’s west side, according to Crime Stoppers of Michigan.

Weathers was father to 5-year-old Iyana Mobley, who attended a Crime Stoppers press conference Friday with family to announce a $2,500 reward for information leading to an arrest in the case.

If a tip is received before midnight Friday, the reward increases to $3,500.

“I miss my daddy because I love him, so much,” Iyana said in a soft voice. The little girl was boosted up to the podium microphone by Weathers’ father, Reginald King.

“My son was taken away from here by some low-life, cold person, who couldn’t stand up like a man,” King said. “You don’t know what you’re doing to me and my family. You’re running and hiding, cowardly.”

Weathers was shot while sitting in the driver’s seat of his 2000 Chevrolet Impala, officials said. He and a passenger were moving the car out of the driveway to allow his sister to park when someone approached him and appeared to begin speaking to him.

After a few moments, the suspect opened fire with a handgun, striking Weathers multiple times, officials said.

The suspect fled in a possibly white, late model Range Rover with tinted windows and custom rims.

At least eight people witnessed the shooting but have not come forward with information, said Diane Weathers, the victim’s mother.

“I know somebody out there knows something about what went on out there that night,” she said. “If you have any type of love in your heart for my son, please call.”

Diane Weathers said she believes the shooting stemmed from a botched robbery.

“It’s so hurtful,” she said. “It just destroyed our family.”

Weather’s older sister, Ebony Weathers, said she struggles with guilt more than a year after the shooting.

“I feel like I was supposed to protect him from things like this, but unfortunately I could not,” she said.

Weathers attended Henry Ford High School and later began focusing on free-style rap with original lyrics, his family said. He wanted to create his own record label called “Show Up & Show Out Entertainment.”

Diane Weathers said her son was a loving father who took Iyana to the store and bought her “everything she wanted” for birthdays and holidays.

“I can’t put words to it,” she said. “He just loved her so much.”

Anyone with information is asked to make an anonymous tip by calling (800) SPEAK-UP. Tipsters also can visit the Crime Stoppers website or text CSM and the tip to 274637.

(313) 223-4616