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Detroit — A former Detroit City Council candidate is offering a $1,000 reward to help find the man who killed his friend inside the bar he owned on the city's east side.

Mike Webb, 60, co-owner of the El Capri Lounge on East Grand Boulevard, was found dead inside the bar hours after his May 23 death from blunt-force head trauma.

Webb's friend, Oliver Gantt, a hair salon owner who unsuccessfully ran for city council last year, said he's putting up $1,000 of his own money to help catch the killer.

"Mike was super; he was like a brother to me," Gantt said. "I’ve known him since 1985. I was one of the first people in Detroit to do open mic nights for rap and hip hop, and Mike would do all the printing for me: Flyers, business cards. He was good to everybody."

Police released surveillance video from the bar that shows an unknown man break into the building. An alarm went off, prompting Webb to respond at about 4:30 a.m., police said.

Investigators said Webb encountered the robber when he went into the bar. Video shows the robber running from the building shortly after Webb went inside.

When police arrived, they found Webb's body lying on the bar floor. Wayne County medical examiners later determined the cause of death to be blunt-force trauma to the head. 

"Someone knows who did this," Gantt said. "The way that guy went into the bar, and was crouching down so as not to set off the sensors ... he knew the layout of that bar."

Gantt said anyone with information can reach him through his Facebook page.

"Mike was good to everybody," Gantt said. "This really hits hits close to home. I don’t want this to become a cold case, so I'm trying to see what I can do to maybe help catch whoever did this to him."

ghunter@detroitnews.com
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Twitter: @GeorgeHunter_DN

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