Family, friends mourn slain jogger

Candice Williams and James David Dickson, DetroitNews
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Rose Township — Days after police said Alexandra Nicolette Brueger was fatally shot during her daily jog, family and friends are struggling to comprehend their loss.

“I’ll never understand who would want to take her life,” Sameera Buzo said in a Facebook post dedicated to her friend and former colleague.

Alexandra Nicolette Brueger

Brueger, 31, was a registered nurse at Providence Park Hospital in Novi, according to friends and family.

“Alex was the happiest, wittiest, and kindest person I’ve ever had the privilege of knowing,” Buzo wrote. “She made the grueling night shifts bearable with her amazing sense of humor.”

Michigan State Police said Brueger of Holly Township was shot multiple times while jogging on a dirt road in rural Rose Township on Saturday. Police said about 2:35 p.m., MSP received a 911 call that a woman had been shot on a front lawn on the 11000 block of Fish Lake Road by an “unknown individual.”

In one of three 911 calls to the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office released Monday, a man is heard telling a dispatcher there was a woman on his lawn “bleeding all over the place.”

“There’s a girl laying in my yard that just got shot a couple times,” the unidentified man tells the dispatcher.

“She got shot?” the dispatcher responds.

“Yes,” the man said. “Lying face down and she’s bleeding all over the place. I got to get out there and see if I can help her.”

As the call continues, the man explained that he was at a pond when he heard gunshots.

In another call, a neighbor of one caller told a dispatcher that the woman had been hit four times and that she was still breathing. He reported that she was laying face down.

Another caller said he heard two sets of four shots at the time of the incident.

The family of Brueger declined to speak Monday evening. Her parents shared thoughts on their daughter, though, on a Go Fund Me page for funeral and medical expenses.

“Ally was our beloved, only child,” her parents wrote. “She was kind, thoughtful, considerate. She had a witty sense of humor but she was also a very serious-minded indivdual (sic).”

According to the family, Brueger was working on a master's degree in creative writing and was set to graduate in 2017.

“Writing was her passion, nursing was her profession,” her parents wrote.

“Our sweet daughter was taken away from us in the most violent way,” the post continued ... “Her wish would have been to have all of her organs donated, but because of the senseless way she perished that was not possible.”

Lt. Mike Shaw of the Michigan State Police said they don’t have a description of the suspect, but police are looking for a “white or light colored four-door sedan” that “may have been acting suspicious or traveling at a high rate of speed” between 2 p.m. and 3 p.m., near the time of the shooting.

Shaw said it’s possible that the woman was familiar with the shooter. He said investigators were trying to determine if there’s someone she “might have been having some kind of difficulties with.”

“It is horrible. Terrible,” said township Supervisor Dianne Scheib-Snider on Sunday. “It would be unfortunate if this happened to anyone, anywhere, but when it happens nearby, it hits close to home.”

Scheib-Snider said Michigan State Police have indicated the killing was not a random act.

She is advising residents to be aware of their surroundings and said MSP will increase patrols in the area.

“Whoever did this is still on the loose,” Scheib-Snider said.

Anyone who information about the shooting is asked to call 877-MICH-TIP.

Associated Press contributed to this report.

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