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Family pleads for tips in man’s ’16 killing

Candice Williams
The Detroit News

It’s been one year since Darrin Wyatt was shot to death in his home in Detroit.

One year later, his family is still hoping for justice for the man known as “Smiley” and whom they called a jokester and hardworking.

Pearl Wyatt, grandmother of slain Darrin Wyatt Jr. ,breaks down while speaking as family and friends of speak out at a Crime Stoppers news conference in Detroit on Wednesday, asking for tips on who may have shot the man in his home

“My life has changed forever,” said his older sister, Shakari Wyatt.

“Me, as well as the rest of my family. Some of us had setbacks because of this. Some of us are still trying to find our way. We’re family. We’re going to get through. Closure will help.

“It can’t help the pain, but you can be able to go through another day.”

Wyatt, 24, and his family were asleep in the 5000 block of Vancourt at 3:21 a.m. Jan. 18, 2016, when he heard the sound of breaking glass.

When he went to the top of the stairs to investigate the noise, he was fatally shot, according to Crime Stoppers of Michigan, which announced Wednesday that it is offering a $2,500 reward for an arrest in the case.


The shooter is believed to have fled in a dark-colored midsized vehicle.

“We need the public’s help,” said Anthony Jones, Crime Stoppers spokesman.

“We desperately need the public’s help, if anybody knows anything.”

Wyatt was enrolled in Michigan State University and took business classes online, Shakari Wyatt said. He worked with his father waterproofing basements and hoped to start his own business called D’s Simple Maintenance. Wyatt had also recently started a job with Hollingsworth Logistics Management, Jones said.

One of six siblings, Wyatt’s presence is missed, his family said following a Crime Stoppers news conference.

“It’s just a big gap,” said another sister, Asia Wyatt.

“It’s obvious that something is missing in our family now that he’s gone. It’s real clear that we took a big hit by him being taken away. We’ll never be able to forget him. We miss him so much.”

Keanna Wilson, the mother of one of Wyatt’s three children, urged anyone with information to speak up.

“I want justice for him,” said Wilson. “Whoever knows anything about the incident that happened that day, speak up. I think it’s been a long time that he’s been gone. There still hasn’t been no one caught. That’s the main part that still affects me. That’s really heartbreaking that there’s been no one to come forward.”

Anyone with a tip can call 1-800-SPEAK-UP, go to or text CSM with the tip to 274637. All tips are anonymous;the reward will be paid when an arrest is made.

The organization does not require a conviction.

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