Community Keeps Shooting Victim's Memory Alive
The community is taking steps to remember Michael Addo, killed last week in a shooting. Click on the arrows to see additional images from this story.
It's something Jeffery Griswold does all the time, run errands in the Frandor area. As he leaves Rite-Aid, flowers piled by the door are a reminder that things aren't quite back to normal.
"It's just not right, I mean this is a good community and for this to happen it's just shocking," Griswold said.
Last week 35-year-old Michael Addo was shot and killed at the Rite-Aid on East Saginaw, where he worked as a pharmacist.
While Griswold says he is still in disbelief, he knows the community is coming together and trying to heal.
"Everybody's trying to pitch in and help out and help people that have lost somebody to senseless violence," Griswold added.
That's just what people plan on doing next Saturday at a memorial service for Addo at the Union Missionary Baptist Church.
"We want to make sure that the value of his life is celebrated," said Pastor Melvin Jones.
In keeping with that theme, a spokeswoman for Rite-Aid says the store where Addo worked is also holding a vigil for him on Memorial Day.
"It's always a good thing for a community to come together and to show its concern when something of this nature happens," Pastor Jones said.
Coming together to heal and raise money for Addo's family in Ghana. In its first day a GoFundMe page has already raised close to $2,000. Rite-Aid set up a fund for Addo and donated $10,000. Local Rite-Aid stores are also accepting donations for the fund.
"We need to step up and say 'hey, these are our neighbors we shouldn't be doing this stuff,' " Griswold added.
A community celebrating a life lost too soon, and hoping to prevent this violence from happening again.
The public memorial is at 7 p.m. Saturday, May 24 at the Union Missionary Baptist Church, 500 S. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
The Memorial Day vigil is planned for around 6 p.m. Monday, May 26 at the Rite-Aid at 3106 E. Saginaw St.