Cops piecing together final hour of victim’s life

Holly Fournier
The Detroit News

Dearborn — Investigators are trying to nail down the last hour of a man’s life before he was found shot in his vehicle that crashed into parked cars on the city’s west side and is hoping for the public’s help.

Canton Township resident Raymond Mshahwar, 33, was last seen alive around 9 p.m. at Vision Lanes bowling alley in Westland, Cmdr. David Robinson said Monday. It is unknown if he left alone.

Raymond Mshahwar

He was found unresponsive by police around 10 a.m. Oct. 16 after his silver GMC Envoy crashed at Madison and Bennett. He was taken to the hospital where it was discovered he had suffered a gunshot wound and died.

Police do not know where he went or what he did in the hour before he died.

“Video surveillance has been obtained from numerous sources and we’re currently going through those as part of our investigation,” Robinson said, adding footage won’t be released yet since the investigation continues.

“We’re asking anyone who saw the vehicle or the individual anywhere to contact our police department so we can put together the last hour before we came into contact with the victim,” Robinson said.

Crime Stoppers of Michigan is offering a $2,500 reward for tips leading to an arrest in the case. Also, Mshahwar’s family is preparing to add an additional $2,500 to the reward, according to Matt Conquest with Crime Stoppers.

Jeffrey Abood, a friend and lawyer for Mshahwar’s family, went to law school with Mshahwar’s cousin and knew the victim and his family.

“His family is grieving, they’re devastated, they don’t deserve this,” the Birmingham lawyer said. “Nobody deserves this.

Abood said Mshahwar is known to “give the shirt off his back” to someone in need.

“In fact, several people that the family didn’t know came forward (at his funeral) and shared stories about what he did for them,” he said.

“Ray is a son, a brother and a father to a 3-year-old boy that he’s left behind. The family is looking for answers. Please help.”

“They’re convinced that someone knows something. We urge you, on behalf of the family, to please come forward.”

Abood said tipsters could contact Dearborn police, Crime Stoppers, or his own law firm at (248) 549-0000. Any information given to the law firm will be forwarded to police, he said.

Conquest with Crime Stoppers also urged tipsters to contact police.

“The best way to give information is to deal directly with the Dearborn Police Department, but if you’re in a position where you need to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers,” he said.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Dearborn Police Department tip line at (313) 943-3030. Anonymous tips also may be submitted to Crime Stoppers of Michigan by calling (800) SPEAK-UP, going their website, or texting CSM to CRIMES (274637).

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