Police release sketch of suspect in baby’s death

Holly Fournier
The Detroit News

Detroit — Police have released a sketch of a suspect in the fatal shooting last weekend of a 6-month-old girl, an incident believed to be connected to the Easter slaying of 3-year-old Anaiya Montgomery.

Miracle Murray was killed in a drive-by shooting around 1:30 p.m. Saturday on the 18000 block of Winthrop Street, near Greenfield Road and West Outer Drive, police have said. She was playing outside with a 24-year-old man, who also was shot but survived. Two other children, 11 months and 4 months, were in the yard but not injured.

No further details were released Thursday about the suspect depicted in the police sketch.

Police previously said Miracle’s death may have been gang-related retaliation for the early Easter morning shooting that killed Anaiya Montgomery as she slept in her bed. In that incident, three men went into a home and opened fire on the 16800 block of Riverview Street near West McNichols and Telegraph roads, police have said.

Investigations into both shootings have been swift, but rocky.

Three suspects were arrested and arraigned in connection with Anaiya’s Easter death, but one committed suicide Wednesday, according to the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office. Paul Kendall Jr., 24, was found hanging in his cell around noon and was pronounced dead at the scene.

The other suspects, Reginald Street, 19, and Jonathan Lamar Burks, 30, both of Detroit, are facing murder and other charges in the shooting.

Meanwhile, two suspects were arrested and released following Miracle’s weekend homicide, after police said it was determined the two were not involved. Before their release, officials had said they were searching for a third suspect.

Anyone who has seen the man in the sketch or knows about his whereabouts is asked to call the Detroit police homicide unit at (313) 596-2260 or Crime Stoppers at 1 (800) SPEAK UP.


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