Volunteers seek tips in 2 Detroit slayings

Ursula Watson
The Detroit News

Christopher Samuel hugs his wife, Vanessa, during a neighborhood gathering for his daughter Christina Samuel at the corner of Carlisle and Redmond in Detroit on Jan 11, 2015.

Detroit — Volunteers hit the streets Sunday to pass out fliers to help generate tips in the Christmas Day shooting of Christina Samuel.

The effort came a day after the volunteers, led by community activist and organizer the Rev. Malik Shabazz, passed out Crime Stoppers fliers in the Eight Mile and Gratiot neighborhoods to help find suspects in the Dec. 22 shooting of Grosse Pointe Farms teen Paige Stalker..

Samuel's brother, Chris Moore said the group distributed the fliers for about two hours on Sunday, going door-to-door and stopping motorists to tell them about her slaying.

Stalker's parents were among them, he said.

"It was awesome to see them come out in support of my sister's case," Moore, 34, said. "It shows unity.

"It shows despite color and despite where you live, people are sticking together and they're tired of all of this senseless violence," Moore said. "Everyone is joining the effort to put a stop to it."

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Samuel, 22, of Detroit was killed early Christmas morning when two gunman opened fire as she sat with a friend in a car parked south of Eight Mile near Gratiot, according to police. Officials said one man was armed with a long gun and the other with a handgun. The two men were seen in a black Nissan Altima.

Samuel's friend, a 24-year-old man, also was shot and remains hospitalized, police said.

Stalker, 16, was among five teens in a parked car near the Charlevoix/Phillip intersection on Detroit's east side Dec. 22 when a tan Cadillac pulled up, a man got out and opened fire on them. Stalker was killed and three others were injured.

Police have said they believe it was a random robbery gone bad.

More than 30 volunteers braved the cold Saturday for a vigil and to pass out Crime Stoppers fliers.

Dave Lawrence, Paige's grandfather, and her sister Avery Stalker joined the volunteers.

Anyone with information should call Crime Stoppers at (800) 773-2587 or visit1800speakup.org.


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