Prayer rally held for murdered Grosse Pointe Farms teen Paige Stalker
16-year-old killed when she, others were shot at Detroit-Grosse Pointe Park border
DETROIT – They gathered outside at Philip and Charlevoix streets, where 16-year-old Paige Stalker was murdered the evening of Dec. 22.
Dave Lawrence is her grandfather.
"There's people out there who know, and yes we would like to have them brought to justice. Somebody said, 'Wouldn't you like to have the guy killed?' and I said, 'No!' I'd like to see him in court," said Lawrence.
Three other teens were wounded as they sat in a car with Stalker near the Grosse Pointe border. The shooter was dressed in camouflage and emerged from the passenger side of what's believed to be a Cadillac.
"I do want everybody to know in the neighborhood here that we still have an active $150,000 reward," said Lawrence.
Crime Stoppers is offering $12,500 on top of that.
Supporters from the New Marcus Garvey Movement passed out fliers and urged people who might have information to come forward.
"That's not snitchin'. That's being a good citizen. That's being a good human being," said Malik Shabazz, of the New Marcus Garvey Movement.
Christopher Samuel passed out fliers, too. His daughter Christine was murdered on Christmas Eve, two days after Stalker was killed. He and Lawrence have become friends and allies.
"Our hearts are the same. We might be in different communities, but our hearts are the same. We're grieving," said Samuel.
Lawrence and Samuel are involved in an foundation called Save Our Children's Future of Michigan. It educates kids on how to stay safe. They say that work will continue no matter what happens with the two murder investigations.
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