Vigil held for man fatally gunned down in front of Detroit home

DETROIT – There was a huge turnout for a vigil on Detroit's east side after a father of three was gunned down in front of his home.

Melvin Jennings, 26, was killed Saturday evening in the 5800 block of Woodhal.


Jennings' family said he wa with a friend outside his home when Jennings' other friend showed up. Jennings' two friends did not know each other.

"Everyone liked him," his sister said. "Do you see how many people are here? Words can't describe this."

Family members said one man wanted to rob the other of his Rolex. Jennings tried to get between the two, but both men pulled out guns and started shooting. Jennings was caught in the crossfire and killed.

"It's so painful, so senseless," Jennings' mother said. "My son died trying to help someone else."

Jennings' family said they know the person who shot him and are urging the man to turn himself in. They said Detroit police are looking for a dark-colored Lexus with dark tinted windows and Indiana license plates.

"Melvin died trying to stop the violence," one family member said."


Jennings is survived by three children --: 7-year-old Caevion, 5-year-old Malia and 1-year-old Melanie.