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The mother of a Detroit man wanted on suspicion of killing his girlfriend and shooting her niece in the head pleaded on Monday for him to turn himself in peacefully. 

On Monday, the day after her Detroit man Lenell Kirby allegedly killed his girlfriend and shot his girlfriend's niece in the head, his mother, in a press conference at police headquarters, pleaded with her son to turn himself in peacefully.

"Just turn yourself in Lenell, and everything will be fine," said Linda Kirby, at a press conference at Detroit police headquarters. 

Kirby, the mother of Lenell Kirby, 28, said she's "sending sympathy to the mothers" of the victims, and that the violent incident police describe "doesn't sound like my son."

Sunday morning at 3:15 a.m., a 28-year-old woman was fatally shot in her eye and a 22-year-old woman was shot in her head on the 18000 block of Grandville, in what police describe as a domestic violence incident. 

The younger victim was able to call 911. She identified Lenell Kirby as the suspect and made it to the front porch by the time authorities arrived.

Medics took both women to the hospital, but the 28-year-old died from her injuries. 

According to state prison records Lenell James Kirby is a probationer as the result of a Sept. 2017 plea bargain for charges of operating a vehicle with a high blood alcohol content, and for cocaine possession under 25 grams. Both of the charges stem from Oakland County.

Holly Kramer, a spokeswoman for the Michigan Department of Corrections, said Kirby attended his last scheduled appointment at his probation office on May 17, and was scheduled for another one on June 21. In March, his probation officer conducted a home visit.

The department's absconder recovery team has reached out to Detroit police to offer assistance in apprehending Kirby, Kramer said, but was told that Detroit police were handling it, and would reach out to the department if it needed their help.

Lt. Michael Russell, of the Detroit police homicide unit, explained that "you can't have two units looking for the same person, crossing paths." Russell added that "everything that can be done to bring (Kirby) in is being done."

Anyone with information on Kirby's whereabouts is asked to call Crime Stoppers of Michigan at 800-SPEAK-UP.

 

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