Detroit police officers recount comforting baby after finding parents murdered inside vehicle

Police make 2 arrests in connection with shooting at gas station

When a young couple was shot and killed while sitting at the pumps at a Marathon gas station on Detroit’s west side Monday night, police officers were not expecting to find a baby in the car.

DETROIT – When a young couple was shot and killed Monday night at a Marathon gas station on Detroit’s west side, police officers were not expecting to find a baby in the car.

Police have made two arrests in connection with the murder of Marshae Nash, 21, and her boyfriend, Benson Lindsey, 22. The couple was ambushed around 8:30 p.m. Monday at the gas station on West Warren Avenue near the Southfield Freeway.

Their baby was in his mother’s arms when she was killed.

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“When I approach the car, I heard the crying and then saw arms, a little baby boy arm on the ground,” Detroit officer Hunor Csutak.

“When I first got there, he was already checking the pulse of the parents,” said officer Kenyatta Martin.

“I couldn’t feel any pulse so I picked up the baby right away and checked if there is any injury on the baby,” Csutak said. When asked what was going through his mind seeing the baby, he said “Please don’t be hurt.”

For Csutak and Martin, who are both parents, it became a situation where parenting combined with their policing.

“I related it to my son losing me and him being out there, but the baby was happy. He made me laugh ... In that moment, it was sad but just by the baby being happy, it made it better,” Martin said.

“You think about it like I can’t imagine if it were my kids,” said Csutak.


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