Boy killed 81 years ago to get gravestone in Ypsilanti

Associated Press

Ypsilanti — The unmarked grave of a 7-year-old Ypsilanti boy whose death has gone unsolved for more than 80 years is about to be decorated with a headstone.

Jackson resident John Sisk raised more than $1,500 through a GoFundMe page to mark the grave of Richard Streicher Jr. at Highland Cemetery, MLive reported. Sisk had learned the plot was still unmarked after The Ann Arbor News wrote about the cold case in December.

“His case was never solved and, to add insult to injury, his grave has been unmarked all these years,” Sisk said. “This boy deserves to be recognized that he lived a life and he mattered.”

The Robison-Bahnmiller Funeral Home of Saline and Tina Atkinson-Kalusha of Highland Cemetery helped to purchase an engraved monument, which will be dedicated during a ceremony 11 a.m. Saturday officiated by the Rev. Matthew Postiff.

“I don’t plan a long sermon, but I do want to say some things related to the precious gift of life that all humans share, as well as to review the story of young Richard that you reported in December last year,” Postiff told the newspaper in an email. “I am also thinking about sharing some thoughts on why terrible things like this happen in our world.”

Richard never returned home after going sledding in the evening in March 1935. His body was found days later underneath a footbridge near his home with 14 stab wounds. Investigators never found the boy’s killer.