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Candlelight vigil held for slain Detroit firefighter

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DETROIT – More than a hundred of his friends and fellow firefighters gathered outside of Engine 33 in Southwest Detroit to light a candle and say a prayer for Lt. David Madrigal.

Madrigal was found murdered in his Detroit home last night and Detroit Police are running down leads in the case to find the person responsible.

Madrigal was described as a larger than life presence on the fire department. His co-workers referred to him as “Super Dave.”

“Dave was exceptional, he stepped above and beyond and that’s what we remember,” said Lt. James Edwards.

Madrigal's Fire Department family believes someone he knew did this to him because under no other circumstances can they imagine Madrigal letting a stranger into his home.

Police are confirming who and who did not have keys to the home. The last time anyone talked to Madrigal was around 9:00 p.m. on Saturday night. A family member later went to check on him on Monday because he wasn’t returning phone calls and found him dead.

The Wayne County Medical Examiner says blunt force trauma is what Madrigal. Detroit Police are asking for anyone with information to please call the DPD.


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