Thursday, January 5, 2023

Homicide investigation into death of 2 continues

The holidays were marked with tragedy for one Inkster family.

A family member went to a home in the 3600 block of Williams Street at about 1:30 p.m. Dec. 21 after being unable to reach their loved one. When the individual entered the home, they found two men unresponsive, according to Inkster Police Chief Bill Ratliff.

The family member immediately called police who responded to the home where both men were pronounced dead by emergency responders. One of the men was in his 20s and the other in his 30s, police said, while declining to provide any further information while the investigation continues.

“It's just unfortunate that during the holiday season this type of thing has to happen,” Ratliff said. “It's going to continue to happen until members of the community and members of law enforcement get together and work together to stop this violence in the communities. It absolutely makes no sense that this is happening.”

Ratliff said the cause of death of the two men was not yet determined and that the relationship between the two remained unknown at press time. The deaths are being treated as a double homicide by investigators from the Michigan State Police and the Inkster Police Department..

“We'll find out who did it,” Ratliff said. “We will get who did this. But we need to stop it from happening again.

“I am frustrated. I'm frustrated because this is a great community and it's unfortunate that people lose their lives senselessly like this, and we have very little -- if any -- cooperation from witnesses or citizens who we know know things.”

Anyone with any information regarding the deaths or the men involved is asked to contact Inkster police at (313) 563-9850.