Unsolved killing at 2014 vigil haunts mom of man shot

George Hunter
The Detroit News

The shooting death of 26-year-old Eric Reed two years ago is emblematic of Detroit’s crime problem.

Reed was gunned down Sept. 12, 2014, after attending a candlelight vigil honoring a friend who had been killed days earlier. The shooter fired into a large crowd, killing Reed and two of his cousins, while wounding three others — but no one has come forward with information.

“There were a lot of people there; I don’t know why nobody wants to come forward and talk,” said Reed’s mother, Cherrie Enlers.

Reed had moved to Mobile, Ala., and was planning to start a business after getting his welding certificate, his mother said. “He came back to Detroit one last time to see his family,” she said.

While visiting in Detroit, Reed attended a candlelight vigil for his friend, whose name his mother did not recall.

“My son was there supporting this other family. All I’m hearing is, an argument broke out and someone just started shooting.”

Six people were shot outside a home in the 14000 block of Patton on the city’s northwest side, with Reed and his cousins Marquise Reed and Cercilla Reed dying from their injuries.

After the shooting, some vehicles sped away, and were chased by police. One car struck a fire hydrant, killing a female passenger.

Police arrested one man, but he was released. The shooter is still on the loose. Crime Stoppers of Michigan is offering a $2,500 reward for information leading to the shooter’s arrest.

“As a mother, I live with anxiety every day, hoping and praying someone will find it in their heart to come forward and tell who did this. Every day I’m waiting for something. A phone call, anything.

“This has been really hard on my family, but I have faith that I will get justice. I don’t know when, but I will get it.”

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers of Michigan at (800) 773-2587.


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